News: 

Atlantic state and federal waters: Regularly scheduled season closure effective through April 30, 2018, including all state waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast.

 

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Hogfish: Lachnolaimus maximus

 Florida Regulations: 

Regulations Gulf State WatersAtlantic State Waters (includes all state and federal waters south of Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys)
Minimum Size Limit

14" fork 

16" fork 

 Daily Bag Limit  5 per harvester 

1 per harvester

 

State Waters Harvest Seasons 

Gulf state:  Open year-round

Atlantic state (includes all state waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf and Monroe County): Open May 1-Oct. 31

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Gear Requirements:

  • Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net

 Federal waters:

Gulf federal waters north of Cape Sable: Open year-round, 14-inch minimum size limit, 5-fish/person recreational bag limit. 

Atlantic federal waters: Open May 1-Oct. 31 annually. 16-inch minimum size limit, 1-fish/person recreational bag limit.

 

Habitat and Fishing Tips:

Hogfish are a reef species that inhabit rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout Florida’s off-shore waters. They are easily identified by their long, hog-like snout, which allows them to feed on bottom-dwelling mollusks and crustaceans. Because they tend to root in the sediment in search of small prey, they are not commonly caught on hook and line. Hogfish are primarily harvested by spearfishing, and they are considered to be of excellent food quality.    

 

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State Record:  19 lb 8 oz, caught in Daytona Beach

 


Image Credit:Diane Rome Peebles



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