Of all the rare reef fish in the world, the masked angelfish is one of the very few for which we follow and track every single specimen collected. The first big splash in rare fish collecting news is Ron Tubbs’ super freshly harvested Genicanthus personatus, pictured above, and caught just a couple days ago in Hawaii.
We politely pressed Ron for more details on his catch but with such a valuable fish and more to be found, it is understandable that he has remained scant on specifics. Other than being collected over the weekend at significant depths in Hawaii, from the sounds of it Ron’s been working this particular collection site for a while and just recently succeeded in getting one of the holy grails.
Even if RT is not spilling a first hand account on how this fish was captured the way that Matt Ross did, it is totally warranted if he’s got a honey pot collecting spot. We wish Ron Tubbs the best of luck in subsequent collections of the illustrious Genicanthus personatus, keep it safe and please send some of these treasures stateside.