Hogfish

Shape

Synonyms

Lachnolaimus maximus

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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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    OPEN East Coast of Florida & Florida Keys
    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 5

  • Vessel Limit 15

  • Aggregate Information Name: Other Reef Fish Limit: 5

  • Additional Notes
    You may harvest 5 "Other Reef Fish" per person per day or 15 "Other Reef Fish" per vessel per day, whichever is less. For a list of "Other Reef Fish" see NOAA Fisheries US Caribbean.
    Groupers, snappers, and parrotfishes are not included in "Other Reef Fish".

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Must be landed with head and fins intact. To learn more about hogfish regulations, see SAFMC Hogfish or see myFWC Hogfish.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.
    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.

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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    OPEN in East Coast of Florida and Florida Keys
    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

  • 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 20

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 17 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

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

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from November 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    For more information about Florida's hogfish regulations, see MyFWC Hogfish.
    For more info about Hogfish regulations in FEDERAL waters, see SAFMC Hogfish.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Additional Notes
    For additional information about hogfish management, see MyFWC Hogfish.
    NOTE: In FEDERAL waters south of Cape Sable hogfish follow SAFMC regulations (not GMFMC regulations).
    For more information, see SAFMC Hogfish.

  • 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, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from November 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    Hogfish in Gulf waters south of Cape Sable (south of a line extending due west from 25°09' North latitude off the west coast of Florida) follow different regulations than hogfish in Gulf waters north of Cape Sable. For more information, see MYFWC Hogfish and SAFMC Hogfish.

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