It is one of Hawai’I’s “deep seven” bottomfish species, and ranges from the Indian to Pacific Ocean. Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.
Gindai live near underwater headlands and areas of high relief such as seamounts anywhere from 600 to 1,000 feet deep.
Biology & Physical Description
Gindai (Ukikiki) is one of the more brightly colored deep-sea snappers being pink or reddish in color. Besides its brilliantly colored bars, its dorsal fin and tail are also yellow.
Gindai, or Oblique-banded Snapper, is named after its four oblique orange or yellow bars on its side. Gindai is the Japanese name for this fish, meaning “gold snapper” likely because of its golden yellow bars.
Gindai feed predominately on small fishes, shrimp, crab and other invertebrates. Like many of the other bottomfish, Gindai reach peak spawning in the summer months, from July through September, with peak spawning times in late summer. Their pelagic eggs are released into the water column. The pelagic larvae swim freely for about 25 days until they move to deeper water before settling down on the ocean floor where they will spend the remainder of their adult life. Like many of the deep ocean snappers of Hawai‘i
Geographic Species Map (Fishbase.org Map)
Summary of Distribution:
Note: Distribution range colors indicate degree of suitability of habitat which can be interpreted as probabilities of occurrence (fishbase.org)
Sport Fishing Techniques
Jig fishing is popular and challenging. Why? Because the person fishing is creating the action that attracts, or doesn’t attract, the particular type of fish he or she is trying to catch. Here’s how it works. Cast out and let your jig hook sink to the bottom. Then use your rod tip to raise the bait about a foot off the bottom. Then let it drop back to the bottom. You can jig up and down, side to side or up and down and sideways. Jig rigs come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and can be used with or without live bait..
Commercial Fishing Techniques
Vertical Hooking is when....
Game Rating : 6/10
Game Description :
Game Rating : 9/10
Game Description :
Excellent at all sizes. This is an unusual looking yellow striped Snapper. Its fillets are white and flaky, similar to all the Snappers. It is an attractive display fish. This member of the grouper fish family is considered to have the flavor and consistency of the Hawaiian Spiny Lobster. It is excellent for all cooking methods and is available at moderate price levels.