Personal Best Hogfish

My wife and I went out  Saturday to initiate our "new to us" boat. I didn't do very well throwing for live bait, but I had brought some squid, sardines and some leftover shrimp I had thrown in the freezer. We found a decent spot and started pulling some porgies, big grunt, lane snapper, mangos, even catching some endangered ARS. After a while I dropped a knocker with a frozen shrimp and felt a nice little tug which quickly turned into a drag pulling fight, finally landing my biggest hogfish to date....a whopping 9.87lbs. God is good, it was a beautiful day to be on the Gulf.

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  • CaptainBlyCaptainBly Posts: 1,888 Captain
    Very nice hog.
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  • BfiBfi Posts: 43 Greenhorn
    Wow congrats!!!
  • jdl1948jdl1948 Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    A face only a mother could love....the fish, not the one in the mahi shirt. 
    Great catch.
  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 309 Deckhand
    Dang! That’s a hog of a hog for sure. 
  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 309 Deckhand
    Have no clue why I’ve never caught one on hook and line. Have burned through dozens of shrimp on knocker rigs and jig heads, and catch dozens of grunts, but not a single hog fish 
  • Soda PopinskiSoda Popinski GrovelandPosts: 8,578 Admiral
    they fry up nice for dinner! 
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  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 2,933 Moderator
    Dang, that hog's a pig. Congrats, making my stomach growl.
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 683 Officer
    congrats!
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  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 10,281 AG
    Tasty!
  • LMKLMK Posts: 552 Officer
    NICE!!!!
  • mburke001 aka TripleBmburke001 aka TripleB Posts: 1,085 Officer
    👍
  • Grouper GeniusGrouper Genius Posts: 1,170 Officer
    Have no clue why I’ve never caught one on hook and line. Have burned through dozens of shrimp on knocker rigs and jig heads, and catch dozens of grunts, but not a single hog fish 
    Same here, but a buddy was fishing with me a couple weekends ago, caught one with a chunk of mackeral on a jig head. Wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it. 
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  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 309 Deckhand
    Well ain’t that just a kick in the chicken bag?
  • m10renm10ren Posts: 109 Deckhand
    I pecan crusted the hogfish and topped it with a mango papaya salsa, it was delicious. 

  • drgibbydrgibby Posts: 1,224 Officer
    Nice fish!
  • GratefulEdGratefulEd Posts: 309 Deckhand
    Fine looking meal right there
  • SmoothwaterSmoothwater Posts: 25 Greenhorn
    Awesome! This weekend was beautiful!  
  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 620 Officer
    Very nice fish and glad to see you made the most out of it!
  • Mango TangoMango Tango Posts: 2,019 Captain
    Very nice.

    I am sorry to admit that in my first offshore adventure 25 yrs ago in a new to me boat, I caught one about that size hook and line but did not know what kind of fish it was.  Kind of a scary looking fish I thought so I cut the line.  In 25 years, as much as I try I have not caught another hogfish.
  • skyway andeskyway ande Posts: 2,978 Captain
    Wow!
    nice work!
    God, save the South!
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