The Banded Rudderfish

The Banded Rudderfish
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All year

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The Banded Rudderfish belongs to the Carangidae family. Their adult size is 50 cm for 2 kg. They can live for 17 years. They can be fished all year.
The banded rudderfish is similar in appearance to the other amberjack fishes, but smaller than most others. It has a relatively thin but deep body with a forked boomerang tail. This semi-profiled shape indicates that it is a fast swimmer. The body is light in color with a slight amber or gold band on the sides, extending from eye to tail. Younger banded rudderfish have six black bars on their bodies and a black band that extends from the eye to the first dorsal fin; they retain this pattern strongly until they reach 27 to 35 cm long, when the stripes begin to fade. The larger fish have no bars; they are generally brownish or greenish, with the dorsal side darker than the belly. This species can be distinguished from other amberjacks in several ways. Other young amberjacks have a striped pattern similar to the young banded rudderfish, but the latter begin to lose their pattern when they are several centimeters taller than those of other young amberjacks. Moreover, unlike other amberjacks, the banded saffron is white at the end of its tail. Eight spines in its first dorsal fin and 34 & 39 rays in its second dorsal fin are characteristic of banded fish, while other amberjacks generally have less than 34 rays in their second dorsal fins. The young banded rudderfish also closely resembles the pilot fish. However, the other amberjack

The Banded rudderfish lifestyle

Banded rudderfish are carnivores and actively hunt prey throughout their habitat. They feed on small fish, shrimp and squid.
There is no precise information on how banded rudderfish reproduce.

The Banded rudderfish habitat

Adults of this species spend most of their lives in coastal waters, preferring shallower waters than other amberjacks. Banded ruddefish are found on hard bottoms and reefs, in deep coastal channels around structures and in schools near buoys and trapping lines, from the water surface to the sea floor. Older fish also follow sharks and other large fish. The young banded rudderfish live offshore under jellyfish, weed lines and floating debris. All prefer a water temperature around 17°C.
Although banded rudderfish is found in the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia, Canada, south of Santos, Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, it is rare in the Bahamas and most islands. Juveniles are mainly found in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Banded rudderfish angling

You can catch the Banded rudderfish using hook and line.

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