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Old 03-31-2019, 12:43 PM
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Just wrapped up the annual service on the Hondas, got some wiring and lighting squared away and felt it's time to get on some fish. This time of the year snapper are our go to, and we tried some tricks to get hog snapper

Well, we tried...loaded up some hot pink naked ball jigs and 6 dozen select shrimp and off we went...thanks Jack Hexter for the heads up on the gear!

The word was 60'....but we pulled up short and tried some spots with good bottom, and just grunts and small red grouper.....so motored out to some ledges in 60', but 1/4 mile short of our spots we backed off and slowed to check and see if anything new had shown up since we fished this area last fall....and boom, lots of good bottom and marked fish.

Wife was getting frustrated as the shrimp got picked quickly...so she went to her standby...cut squid. Lots more grunts and then some nice sized grouper and ARS moved in for a while. But after a few hours and no hog fish, we called it a day.

The bite was non-stop, grunts, red grouper, gag grouper, ARS....lots of fun, especially fishing light as we were...a few of the gags would have been legal and the ARS were all nice and big..

Here's a few to bore you with....












Kept a few of the 2-3 lb grunts for dinner....but man did we have a good time....and now have another good ARS and gag spot...

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Very nice, Ive lost count of all the other snapper species ive caught but I have yet to catch a Hog or a Cubera. I know they are there according to divers but Ive had no luck. Its on my bucket list to try to increase my skills on hogs, cuberas,and Wahoo this summer.
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Hogs aren’t a species of snapper but damn do they taste as good if not better.
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We need to get out again someday, Rick. I'll show you how to target them. Open hard bottom isn't where to find them.
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We've caught some giant ARS the last few weeks.
Monday, we were catching some nice mingos and one really nice lane snapper, but once we caught the first ARS, everything else got lockjaw.
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Originally Posted by Ahoy Vay View Post
Hogs aren’t a species of snapper but damn do they taste as good if not better.
Yes, you are right...it is from the wrasse family and there are different limits with them as opposed to snapper limits...
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Yep , from wrasse family I go after them with smaller white buck tail if no shrimp available.
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Thanks for the report. I've always wanted to catch a hog.
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Hogs and Grunts, both wrasses. More times than not, where there are Grunts there are Hogs. You'll burn through a ton of shrimp and catch a bunch of Grunts and maybe get some Hogs, maybe not. Knocker rig, 2 0 circle hook, lightest lead to get to the bottom, long 20 Lb. flouro. leader.
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We went to 20' of 20# fluoro...used the pink "hog wild" jig heads and most of the six dozen shrimp. We were told if we were catching grunts, to keep fishing that area hard...and eventually the hog fish would come....not to be...

The only one I have ever caught was on a chunk of threadfin when I was targeting mangos last year..also very light fluoro and 4/0 circle hook with the hook buried deep in the bait
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
We went to 20' of 20# fluoro...used the pink "hog wild" jig heads and most of the six dozen shrimp. We were told if we were catching grunts, to keep fishing that area hard...and eventually the hog fish would come....not to be...

The only one I have ever caught was on a chunk of threadfin when I was targeting mangos last year..also very light fluoro and 4/0 circle hook with the hook buried deep in the bait
I usually figure 10 dozen per person.. and I stay in the same spot the entire time.. I don't know if that is right or wrong but I have finally started catching them.
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We need to get out again someday, Rick. I'll show you how to target them. Open hard bottom isn't where to find them.
From my diving/spearfishing days, we targeted Hog fish very successfully. Hog fish are typically in the sand, near reef edges for the most part. They eat off the sand...
The color of the fish will indicate the bottom structure. White/soft red are fish in the sand, dark red are fish on hard/rocky bottom, zebra looking are fish hiding near sea fans/reef.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
We went to 20' of 20# fluoro...used the pink "hog wild" jig heads and most of the six dozen shrimp. We were told if we were catching grunts, to keep fishing that area hard...and eventually the hog fish would come....not to be...

The only one I have ever caught was on a chunk of threadfin when I was targeting mangos last year..also very light fluoro and 4/0 circle hook with the hook buried deep in the bait
Dang it, frustrating indeed. Keep at it, some gratifying high fives when the first one comes over the gunnel.
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Hog fish are typically in the sand, near reef edges for the most part. They eat off the sand...
Oh no! He let out the secret!
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Good to see that you got out on the water, Rick. Only one i've caught was drifing thru the sand between patch reef.
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Rick wasn’t the deal on that sunshade? Is it diy?
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I've never targeted them on hook and line, but I believe having no current is the best scenario as you can keep the bait in the sand, but I could be wrong.
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Rick wasn’t the deal on that sunshade? Is it diy?
Yep...THT member made one using golf ball retreivers tied to the T-top...I used paint poles and 3/8" ty wraps, wife sewed it to the dimensions, and I used a few grommets to tie the fabric to the t-top and at the two corners where it attaches to the paint poles..

One bungy cord holds it all in place

It's gotten a little droopy over the two years it has been up...but is still effective





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Originally Posted by Reel Lucky LHP View Post
Hogs and Grunts, both wrasses. More times than not, where there are Grunts there are Hogs. You'll burn through a ton of shrimp and catch a bunch of Grunts and maybe get some Hogs, maybe not. Knocker rig, 2 0 circle hook, lightest lead to get to the bottom, long 20 Lb. flouro. leader.
Same way, except we use a chicken rig, have had quite a few Hog double headers doing that.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Yep...THT member made one using golf ball retreivers tied to the T-top...I used paint poles and 3/8" ty wraps, wife sewed it to the dimensions, and I used a few grommets to tie the fabric to the t-top and at the two corners where it attaches to the paint poles..

One bungy cord holds it all in place

It's gotten a little droopy over the two years it has been up...but is still effective





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