Triggerfish reopens Sept. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters

The Destin Log

Recreational gray triggerfish season reopened to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Sept. 1 and will remain open through Oct. 25, closing to harvest Oct. 26, 2020.

This group of anglers from Iowa show off some of the triggerfish they caught on March 16 while fishing aboard the Silver King with Capt. Alex Hare.

NOAA Fisheries is reopening Gulf federal waters because data indicates the recreational quota for gray triggerfish was not met when the fishery was open earlier this spring. The FWC is also opening state waters to be consistent with the federal season and to provide additional harvest opportunities for recreational fishermen. 

The minimum size limit is 15 inches fork length and the bag limit is one per person.

These young men from Wisconsin here on Spring Break last year pulled in a nice catch of triggerfish, mingo and white snapper while fishing with Capt. Steve Brown on the Lock n Load.

If you plan to fish for gray triggerfish from a private recreational vessel, you must sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler (including those 65 and older). An annual renewal is required.