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How deep are the hogs?

Old 05-06-2019, 08:23 PM
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Default How deep are the hogs?

Iím not asking for you spot, I just wanted to know how deep do I need to go for hogfish? Can they be caught in the bay? Any advise for someone who has never tried to fish them?

I really want to turn my son on to them.

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Old 05-06-2019, 09:17 PM
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Where are you located?

You mention Bay.....Tampa Bay?
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:02 PM
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His location says Saint Petersburg. You can find hogs in the bay, catching they may be a different story. I have dove the main Skyway pilings, the ones on each side of the shipping channel. Kind of eerie feeling looking 100 + feet up a piling from in the water, but it was cool. On the piling that borders the north side of the shipping channel, I saw a juvenile Goliath Grouper, around 50 lbs, 3-4 gags in the 30-36" range, 2-3 hogs in the 16-18" range, tons of sheep head and two very curious large bull sharks among tons of other things. So yes, hogs are in the bay, or at least coming under the skyway at the shipping channel.....how or where to catch them, someone else may be able to help you. I only spearfish, so I can't offer any hook and line advice, just verifying they are there.
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Catching Hogs near you on hook and line can be done in your area. We fish the edges of the pipeline mitigation spots with live shrimp on knocker rigs about 16 miles out. Spring is usually best.

We sometimes start with hook and line. When they stop biting, we go get them with our spearguns.
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:03 AM
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Bring 16 dozen shrimp and you may catch 1 or 2 assuming they are on the spot you are fishing. They seem to like ledges better than hard bottom but can be found on both. You've got to be anchored and you've got to be patient.
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You can get them shallow including the bay, but reports from your area are saying 75' range is the hottest depth for hogs right now.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post
Where are you located?

You mention Bay.....Tampa Bay?
Yes, Tampa bay. I am in St Pete, near the Skyway. I did mean to share that...

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See them at different depths but ledges in your area 30 to 45 feet are very productive for us especially if there is grass on the topside.
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i spear them in 50' along pipeline and any ledges. Check 50' off anna marie island.
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Originally Posted by Kickstand6000 View Post
See them at different depths but ledges in your area 30 to 45 feet are very productive for us especially if there is grass on the topside.
How does the grass topside change the fishing below?
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:44 AM
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Referring to the top part of the ledge. Sometimes itís sand and then a small rock drop off with a undercut. Some have grassy areas on the high side.
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