Triggerfish Fishing Reports

Gray Triggerfish Recreational Harvest Closed

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters. Photo: Triggerfish, 1-12-15, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Gray Triggerfish Recreational Harvest Closed In Gulf Waters Through December 31st.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued the following news release.

“The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters through Dec. 31, with the season reopening Jan. 1, 2017. At a meeting earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved this closure to take place if and when federal waters closed.

Recent stock assessments have indicated that gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico are overfished, which means there are not enough fish for these populations to remain sustainable. The regular annual closed season for gray triggerfish in Gulf waters is June 1 through July 31.

NOAA Fisheries estimates that the 2016 annual catch target for gray triggerfish was met prior to the June 1 through July 31 annual closure. Once the annual catch target is projected to be met, NOAA closes federal waters to harvest for the year. Harvest overages occurred in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and resulted in shortened federal seasons and limited harvest opportunities for Florida anglers in subsequent years. The 2016 state waters closure is intended to help limit future season closures and rebuild the stock.”

To learn more about gray triggerfish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Triggerfish.”

Naples Fishing Report, Saturday, May 28, 2016: Triggerfish!

Naples Fishing, Triggerfish, Saturday, May 28, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Triggerfish, Saturday, May 28, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report: Triggerfish.

Naples Fishing Report, Saturday, May 28, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: triggerfish and grouper on offshore structure.  We’re mostly focused on naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot Sanibel & Captiva News site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Naples Fishing Report, Saturday, May 28, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – Naples: triggerfish, offshore, tarpon rolling inside the passes; if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, April 10, 2016: Triggerfish

Tampa Fishing, Sunday, 4-10-16, Triggerfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.
Tampa Fishing, Sunday, 4-10-16, Triggerfish, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters, #Tampa.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report:  Triggerfish.

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday April 10, 2016 / Florida Fishing Report – triggerfish, catch & release; check here latest Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

Most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

We’re just getting started in Tampa, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Tampa fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Daily Tampa Fishing Report & Info On Tampa Fishing Charters; Fishing Trips For Families & Children, As Well As Serious Sport Fishermen and Fisherwomen!

Happy fishing!

Naples Fishing Report, Friday, January 8, 2016: Triggerfish ~ #Naples

Naples Fishing, Triggerfish, Catch & Release, Friday, 1-8-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Triggerfish, Catch & Release, Friday, 1-8-16, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Naples Fishing Report: Triggerfish.

Friday, January 8, 2016, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: triggerfish, catch & release!  We’re mostly focused on naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Please try our pilot SanibelCaptivaNews.com site or Sanibel & Captiva Events Calendar to see what else is happening Sanibel & Captiva islands!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

Friday, January 8, 2016, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: triggerfish fishing offshore; if you are a local Naples fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  Daily Naples fishing reports. All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitat, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

We’re just getting started in Naples, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Naples fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

Happy fishing!

The Naples Fishing Report Team!

FWC Approves Atlantic Gray Triggerfish Size, Bag Limit Changes

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters. Photo: Triggerfish, 1-12-15, Miami Fishing Report & Charters, #Miami.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released the following announcement.

At its Nov. 18 meeting in Panama City Beach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters.

The approvals include:

  • In Atlantic state waters: Changing the recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length and creating a 10-fish recreational bag limit
  • Statewide: Changing the sale and import size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length

These changes will go into effect on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The changes were approved after stakeholders in southeast Florida expressed concerns that a 14-inch minimum size limit for gray triggerfish, which was implemented in July 2015, may not be appropriate for Atlantic state waters. The FWC approved the 14-inch size limit earlier this year as part of a federal consistency measure.

Stakeholders expressed that a smaller size limit is more appropriate because gray triggerfish are, on average, smaller in size in state waters off the Atlantic coast of south Florida than they are in other federally managed regions along the Atlantic. FWC realized public input from all areas affected by the size limit change was not received by federal fishery managers. 

A stock assessment on Atlantic gray triggerfish is expected to be completed in 2016. Therefore, the new 12-inch size limit and 10-fish recreational bag limit will be in effect until Oct. 31, 2016. This will give fishery managers time to review assessment results and determine if other management measures are needed.”