Federal waters early closure: All federal waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast closed to recreational and commercial hogfish harvest Aug. 24.
Recreational harvest of hogfish in state waters remains open.
Commercial harvest of hogfish closed Aug. 24 in both state and federal waters from Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast.
See below for other changes that go into effect Aug. 24 in state waters.
State waters: The FWC approved several management changes to hogfish at the November Commission meeting in St. Petersburg. These changes will go into effect in on Aug. 24, 2017. Approved changes include:
Learn more about these changes in state waters.
Learn more about federal changes.
1 per harvester
Effective Aug. 24, 2017: Minimum importation and sale size limit: 14" FL state wide
State Waters Harvest Seasons
Gulf Season: Open year around (closures only if annual catch limit is met or exceeded)
Atlantic state season: Open May 1-Oct. 31.
12" FL; 5 per person per day
Atlantic federal waters: Closed. All federal waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast closed to recreational and commercial hogfish harvest starting Aug. 24.
NEW: The following changes will go into effect Aug. 24, 2017:
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
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