Hogfish

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but large individuals may contain ciguatera toxin.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    The Gulf hogfish stock is defined as the waters north of 25° 09′ North latitude off the west coast of Florida. Federal Waters waters south of that line are treated the same as Atlantic Federal Waters (ie, bag limit = 1; minimum size = 16 inches fork length; closed season August 24, 2017 through April 30, 2018).
    For more information, see GMFMC Hogfish. -----------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    14 inch minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    Beginning August 24, 2017 new regulations went into effect for hogfish in Atlantic federal waters from North Carolina to Georgia:
    minimum size limit is 17 inch fork length,
    recreational bag limit is 2 fish per angler, and
    recreational harvest is open year-round.
    For more information, see SAFMC Hogfish.

    In FEDERAL waters off the East coast of Florida:
    bag limit = 1;
    minimum size = 16 inches fork length; and
    open May 1 through October 31.
    For more information, see SAFMC Hogfish.

    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    CLOSED East Coast of Florida & Florida Keys, effective November 16, 2018. The fishery will reopen January 1, 2019.
    OPEN in GA through NC.
    Size Limit: 16 inches Fork Length east coast of Florida and Florida Keys; 17 inches Fork Length Georgia through North Carolina.
    Trip Limit: 25 lbs whole weight in Florida Keys and east coast of Florida; Trip Limit: 500 lbs whole weight in Carolinas and Georgia.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Gear restrictions apply.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degress N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Hogfish Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Beginning August 24, 2017 new regulations went into effect for hogfish in Atlantic federal waters off the East coast of Florida:
    bag limit = 1;
    minimum size = 16 inches fork length; and
    closed to recreational harvest November 1 through April 30.
    For more information, see SAFMC Florida Hogfish.

    In FEDERAL waters from North Carolina to Georgia:
    minimum size limit is 17 inch fork length,
    recreational bag limit is 2 fish per angler, and
    recreational harvest is open year-round.
    For more information, see SAFMC Hogfish.

    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    CLOSED in East Coast of Florida and Florida Keys, effective November 16, 2018. The fishery will reopen January 1, 2019.
    OPEN in GA through NC.
    Size Limit: 16 inches Fork Length east coast of Florida and Florida Keys; 17 inches Fork Length Georgia through North Carolina.
    Trip Limit: 25 lbs whole weight in Florida Keys and east coast of Florida; Trip Limit: 500 lbs whole weight in Carolinas and Georgia.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Gear restrictions apply.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degress N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Hogfish Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The FWC changed hogfish regulations:
    Daily bag limit is 1 fish per harvester.
    Harvest season is May 1 through Oct. 31. Closed season is November 1 through April 30.
    Minimum size limit is 16 inches fork length.
    For more information, see MyFWC Hogfish.

    For more info about Hogfish regulations in FEDERAL waters, see SAFMC Hogfish.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Additional Notes
    The FWC approved changes to hogfish regulations:
    Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length
    These changes go into effect August 24, 2017.

    For more information, see MyFWC Hogfish.

    NOTE: In FEDERAL waters south of Cape Sable hogfish are CLOSED to harvest from August 24, 2017 through April 30, 2018.
    For more information, see SAFMC Florida Hogfish.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species for which there is no other creel limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Fork Length

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    For persons harvesting hogfish in Atlantic waters and Gulf waters south of Cape Sable (south of a line extending due west from 25°09' North latitude off the west coast of Florida), new regulations include:
    minimum size limit is 16 inch fork length,
    recreational bag limit is 1 fish per angler, and
    recreational harvest is open May to October.
    For more information, see MYFWC Hogfish.
    The recreational harvest for the Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish in federal waters of the South Atlantic and part of the Gulf of Mexico closed on August 24, 2017. The boundaries of the Florida Keys/East Florida population are from the 25°09′ N. latitude line off the west coast of Florida (near Cape Sable, Florida), east around South Florida, to the Florida/Georgia border. During these closures, all sale, purchase, and possession of hogfish is prohibited.
    For more information, see SAFMC Florida Hogfish.

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