What is a Hogfish?
Anglers in St. Pete Beach and Tampa Bay love the hogfish. It is a rare catch that is highly prized. This fish is easily identified by its long, hoglike nose. As they grow older, the color of these fish will change. It will most likely be a pink-orange color with yellow edges. The dark stripe will run from the top of the male’s head to the tip of the snout. Younger ones will be lighter in color and have gray or pink scales along their sides.
How big can a hogfish get?
Are you planning to take a trip to St. Pete Beach? The minimum size limit for hogfish is 12 inches, but it’s possible to catch one up to 17 inches if you are in the right place. 35 pounds is the world record for the largest hogfish. The largest ever caught in Florida was 18 pounds and 8 ounces.
You Can Catch a Hogfish in the Following Places
They can be found in many areas when fishing for them on St. Pete Beach/Tampa Bay. They can be found near shore in areas with sandy bottoms, reefs and ledges. Spearfishing is the best way to catch hogfish, but the right captain can help you hook them.
Let’s go catch hogfish at St. Pete Beach!
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The article was written by a professional charter captain at Salty Knots Fishing Charters with 15+ years of experience in the Gulf of Mexico. Salty Knots Fishing Charters is a local fishing charter service based out of St. Pete Beach, Florida. “We know what it takes to catch a giant trophy fish!”