Hogfish Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Genus and Species:

Lachnolaimus maximus – Hogfish

Hogfish Tampa Bay

Characteristics Of The Hogfish

Tampa Bay offshore fishing and Captain Tom has mastered the art of catching hogfish without using a spearhead or scuba diving. Hogfish are considered one of the tastiest fish in the gulf of mexico. These amazing fish fight like warriors which makes a very tiring but fulfilling day of fishing for the whole family. Hogfish are difficult to catch on hook and line but can be done using our proprietary techniques. Hog fish are actually part of the wrasse fish family which is why they are so “darty” and difficult to catch. See our pictures and videos to see that we really do catch some huge hogfish in Tampa Bay. Hogfish charters are best in January through March in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Fl area.

Where To Find Hogfish

Hogfish alwys provide great action for tampa Bay anglers especially wwhen in 50 feet of water along the rocky ledges along the Tampa Bay area coastline. Many locals call the hogfish a “hog snapper” because their features really resemble the grey snapper or mangrove snapper here in Florida. Hogfish also live in both the Atlantic and Gulf waters surrounding the Florida Keys.  They like to root around in the sandy bottom surrounding coral patches, wrecks and exposed rock areas.

Hofish Dimensions | Size And Weight

Most Hogfissh in Tampa reach a maximum of 36 inches in length and about 24 pounds. Some hogfish have been reported to live up to 11 years but most live to around 6-10 years.

The Hogfish “Fight”

The hogfish is considered one of the better fighters out there and can provide a lot of excitement for the whole crew. Since they are so difficult to reel in with a normal hook and line, many fisherman resort to spear fishing along the coast or reef fish when necessary. Tampa Bay Offshore fishing has mastered the technique of fishing with a hook and line! Call Capt Tom Pooler to find out more on hogfish charters in Tampa Bay.

Hogfish Fishing Technique

We have our own technique to catching these hogfish and can reveal our strategy when you book a hogfish charter in the gulf of Mexico!

Hogfish Tackle and Bait

Most of the time when people catch hogfish, they accidentally catch them, but with the right strategy and target, you can catch a myriad of them using Captain Tom Pooler’s techniques. Light tackle is best used for hogfish which is similar tackle to what you would use for grey snapper. You can use 10-12 lp gear with 10-12 lb test line along with flourocarbon leaders.

Tampa Deep Sea Fishing For Hogfish

Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charters goes deep sea fishing for all types of fish aboard our 31′ Formula boat. By creating a once in a lifetime experience, we usually are exceeding our customers expectations. One goal is to always explain about the time of year and what’s biting in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing Charter Reservations

Tampa Bay Offshore Fishing
6701 Sunshine Skyway Lane South, STE 60
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711


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