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Hogfish: Lachnolaimus maximus

NEW: 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:

Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.

​Florida Regulations: Regulations Gulf State Waters  Atlantic State Waters Minimum Size Limit  12” fork Daily Bag Limit  5 per harvester per day 

 Gear Requirements: Legal Gear: spears, gigs, hook and line, seine, cast net. Reef fish gear requirements apply
State Waters Harvest Seasons. Federal waters: 12" TL; 5 per person per day

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.