Pilotfish are a unique and circumtropical species widely found in the Atlantic, the Paciﬁc, and the Indian Oceans. They are renowned for accompanying large sharks on their oceanic wanderings, as well as whales, rays, schools of various other ﬁsh, and ships. A pilotﬁsh is said to have followed a sailing ship for 80 days.
This species has no angling value but is often observed by offshore anglers. It feeds on scraps of the host’s leftovers, as well as on parasites, small ﬁsh, and invertebrates. Minor commercial interest exists for this species, which is of the jack family and looks somewhat like an amberjack.
The pilotﬁsh has ﬁve to seven dark vertical bars on its elongated body and a low spinous ﬁrst dorsal ﬁn with four spines. It can grow to a maximum of 27 inches.
Label: saltwater fish