Hogfish: Lachnolaimus maximus
|| Gulf State Waters
|| Atlantic State Waters
|Minimum Size Limit
|| 12” fork
| Daily Bag Limit
|| 5 per harvester per day
State Waters Harvest Seasons
- Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net
12" TL; 5 per person per day
NEW: Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and East Florida. If approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, several management changes will go into effect in early 2017:
- For persons harvesting hogfish in Gulf federal waters south of Cape Sable and in all Atlantic federal waters, new regulations include: a 16-inch minimum size limit, a 25-lb. commercial trip limit, a 1-fish/person recreational bag limit, and a May-October recreational season.
- For persons harvesting hogfish in Gulf federal waters north of Cape Sable, new regulations include a 14-inch minimum size 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.
Gulf Federal Waters Rules
Atlantic Federal Waters Rules
State Record: 19 lb 8 oz, caught in Daytona Beach
Image Credit:Diane Rome Peebles