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Hogfish with Capt. Frank

Hogfish with Capt. Frank
Hogfish is a unique sub-specie of wrasse capable of growing up to 36 inches and weigh up to 24 pounds. Hogfish are native to Canada, the Western Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and South America.
Many of the best chefs and restauranteurs agree that Hogfish is one of the best tasting fish to ever swim. This tasty fish is sweeter than grouper and has a flakier texture than Mahi. Hogfish primarily feed on crustaceans giving them a taste that is reminiscent of scallops or lobster.

As Hogfish are very difficult to catch on hook and line most are speared. However, if you know how, they can also be caught on hook and line.
Listen closely as Hubbard's Marina Captain Frank Bachelor tells us how to catch the elusive Hogfish on hook and line.
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Many of the best chefs and restauranteurs agree that Hogfish is one of the best tasting fish to ever swim.
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  • winderbillwinderbill Senior Member windermerePosts: 328 Deckhand
    Capt Frank is the best! However, he has to balance drifting for grunts with anchoring for hogs. 90% of the tourists don’t know how to catch hogs and he has to put grunts on their stringers by drifting. 
  • harbisonharbison Senior Member Posts: 5,661 Admiral
    How true!
    Capt. Frank is a real expert at catching/teaching hogs. However he must do what those who fish with him want. 

  • NitzeyNitzey Member Posts: 281 Deckhand
    I guess I must be a tourist since I do not know how to catch hogfish.  I catch them incidentally.  But, my God, they are delicious.  Should you anchor for hogfish?  We went out recently and to our surprise, caught only one grunt, one porgy but twenty red grouper.  Unfortunately, of course, red grouper are out of season.  
  • harbisonharbison Senior Member Posts: 5,661 Admiral
    Guess I am a native Florida tourist. I have never caught a Hogfish. 
  • bigfinn35bigfinn35 Senior Member Sarasota/VenicePosts: 1,167 Officer
    Nitzey said:
    I guess I must be a tourist since I do not know how to catch hogfish.  I catch them incidentally.  But, my God, they are delicious.  Should you anchor for hogfish?  We went out recently and to our surprise, caught only one grunt, one porgy but twenty red grouper.  Unfortunately, of course, red grouper are out of season.  
    Yup, you want to anchor and fish with shrimp or crabs on lighter bottom rigs. The hogs will usually only start biting once the grunts and porgies have had a little while to swarm the baits, so keeping them in the same place is way more effective. There's not as many hogs down south in Venice where I normally fish, but that's what I've always seen people in the know do up around St. Pete
    Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Senior Member Posts: 339 Deckhand
    I went on Frank's 10hr trip yesterday 11/1/22.  I caught one hogfish on the first stop and 4 big grunts later in the day.  One guy up front caught 5 keeper hogfish.  We probably had 10-20 keeper hogfish overall.  There were quite a lot of short hogfish that were tagged and thrown back.  FWC tagged over 100 fish that were sent back.  Oddballs were some remoras, a small goliath grouper (30-40lbs), and one nice flag yellowtail.  It was a nice day on the water.
  • harbisonharbison Senior Member Posts: 5,661 Admiral
    Sound like a fantastic trip. Got any pics/video?
    Just talked to John Martin; he is all excited about the weekend 44 hour trip. Wish you were going.  
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Senior Member Posts: 339 Deckhand
    Sorry, no pics for this trip but the 1 hogfish was tasty.  I only got a small piece.  Guess I'll have to try for some more!
  • harbisonharbison Senior Member Posts: 5,661 Admiral
    Sorry about the pics. You take such good ones.  Next time! 
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