Federal waters early closure: All federal waters south of Cape Sable in the Gulf, around the tip of Florida, and up the Atlantic coast will close to recreational and commercial hogfish harvest starting Aug. 24.

Recreational harvest of hogfish in state waters remains open. FWC will consider whether to close the recreational hogfish season in adjacent state waters at the Sept. 27-28 meeting in Okeechobee. If no action is taken at the September Commission meeting, the recreational fishery in these state waters will close Nov. 1, 2017, as previously scheduled.

Commercial harvest of hogfish will close 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. External Website

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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

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: Currently open. The newly approved May 1-Oct. 31 open season will go into effect Aug. 24, 2017.

Gear Requirements:

 Federal waters:

12" FL; 5 per person per day

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.    


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


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