Banded rudderfish are found inshore, offshore and at times, they can be found along the surf. Some of the better spots to fish are hard bottom, around structure, in deep water channels and around buoys. These fish average 1 to 3 pounds, but fish up to 5 pounds are not uncommon. They can be caught with shrimp, crabs, small baitfish and cut squid. These fish are considered decent to good table fare.