Hog snapper, Hog wrasse, Captain, Perro Perro, Pargo Gallo
The Hogfish is characterized by its large mouth, sloped head and coloration ranging from a deeper red to pink or orange hues. It has three long spines extending from its first dorsal fin as well as long spines extending from the second dorsal and anal fins. Hogfish often have a darker spot near the base of the dorsal fin that can fade with age. They also are equipped with large teeth sometimes protruding out and thick lips.
Habitat & Behaviour
Hogfish can be found in lose groupings of up to twenty. They enjoy hard bottoms and structures such as reefs, wrecks or ledges and can be found close to shore.
Hogfish take their name from their hunting technique, which involves using their sense of smell to locate food, giving the appearance of a hog rooting around for food. Hogfish will eat whatever they can such as small invertebrates like worms, urchins, snails or shrimp.
Reef fish like the Hog Snapper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Don’t put fingers in mouth, grab behind head or underneath. Larger ones you can put your fingers inside the gills.