Hogfish Action Remains the Big Story

tampa bay hogfish
02/01/2020

Again, this week the big story near shore is the great hogfish action we are seeing as of late near shore. Anywhere from around 40-70ft of water we are seeing plenty of hogfish action on the live shrimp or even pieces of fresh dead shrimp that we take near shore when bottom fishing for these hogfish. Keep in mind they are a wrasse not a snapper. This means they tend to be up off the bottom cruising looking for prey on the bottom. We typically catch the hogfish when your bait is very close to or resting on the bottom. However, we always use lighter tackle and lighter weights so that they have a chance to bite our bait and get hooked well before you even get set up to fish for that stop. These guys are super great eating but challenging to catch fish. If you want a chance at catching one right now seems to be the best time to get em on a nekid ball jig or jig head or even a knocker rig. If you are using the knocker rig method, don’t forget to include around 4-5 of the 8mm red beads in between and around your 1oz egg sinker and that 3-4ot hook.

While targeting the hogfish we are seeing some decent numbers of lane snapper and mangrove snapper too. While these guys are mainly a bycatch of our hogfishing endeavors they are great eating fihs too if you get frustrated with the hogs and wanted to fila a stringer near shore around 60-100ft of water is where we are seeing these guys best.

Red grouper bite seems to be a little better than normal right now, but still nothing to write home about they are deeper like the lanes and mangroves but hard to pass those hogfish to head out deeper for these guys. You can still get the hogfish out deeper they are just even more challenging.

Share this REPORT

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on email
SPONSORED MESSAGE

MORE TAMPA BAY AREA FISHING REPORTS

snappers inshore
  • Nearshore ·

Hungry Fish Nearshore

The fish were hungry and waiting for us to return at the start of the week. Later this past week we faced rough weather Thursday due to the front and the Tuesday all day had a little slower bite than we would have liked but we still caught some great fish.
snapper fishing tampa
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing Offshore

The current on the full moon created some issues when we were in the Deepwater trying to catch our amberjacks Wednesday, but luckily with an adjustment into shallower waters we were able to continue red grouper hunting with great success.
tampa redfish
  • Inshore ·

Great Action Before Full Moon

This past week brought some great action inshore especially at the start of the week before the full moon and front that moved by yesterday.
grouper
  • Offshore ·

Triggerfish Harvest Upcoming

Triggerfish are getting ready to close for harvest starting May 2nd making end of day May first the last time to land them for 2020, unless the season gets extended due to lack of quota being landed.
flounder fishing
  • Inshore ·

Snook Action Heats Up

Snook action continues to heat up as summer approaches with lots of snook moving into the passes and onto the beaches.
mangrove snapper fishing
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing this Time of Year

Snapper action is great this time of year offshore. Now that were past the full moon were starting to see some good day time snapper action, plus this week’s overcast conditions definitely help the daytime snapper bite.
kingfish nearshore tampa
  • Nearshore ·

Great Kingfish Action Nearshore

Kingfish action has been great near shore lately and there is plenty of mackerel around too mixed in among the kings. From the Skyway all the way out of the shipping channel is a great spot to start looking for the bait schools. However, simply trolling around the channel will work well to produce plenty of mackerel and some nice kingfish too.
redfish tampa inshore
  • Inshore ·

Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

We are unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 issues around our area, and we will remain closed through April. Tentatively planning and hoping to Open up Friday May 1st but time will tell. However, we still have some great fishing report information from our area to share with you guys!
mangrove snapper
  • Offshore ·

Snapper Excited by Full Moon

The Snapper action offshore this week, like near shore, was excited by that full moon. The nighttime fishing around 1-2 days ahead of the full moon is my favorite followed by a few days behind the moon.
blackfin tuna
  • Nearshore ·

Tampa Nearshore Report

Hogfish are still biting near shore around 30-70ft of water. They have definitely slowed a bit from the cooler moths, but there’s still a decent chance of finding a few ready to eat near shore.
SPONSORED MESSAGE
Tampa Bay Fiishing

Community, Conservation & Sport

Baybite.com is a community-driven fishing publication with fishing reports and editorial focusing on the fisheries of Florida's Tampa Bay area.

Subscribe to our monthly Tampa Bay Area Fishing Report & Forecast via email! We value your privacy and will NEVER share or sell your personal data to any third party.

© Copyright 2019 Anglur, LLC. All rights Reserved.