Triggerfish, Gray

Shape

Synonyms

Balistes capriscus

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from May 2nd, 2020 to February 28th, 2021

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes

    ----------------- Commercial Regulations 14 inch minimum size limit (fork length). 16 fish trip limit. Commercial season is closed June 1 - July 31.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: General Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage Beginning March 30, 2020, the size limit for gray triggerfish in federal waters off Florida will be 12 inches fork length. In addition, new regulations will limit the harvest of any one species within the 20-fish aggregate bag limit to 10 fish. For more information: Learn about new regulations for other snapper grouper species, effective March 30, 2020. Minimum Size is 12 inches Fork Length
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.

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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    ​1,000-lb (whole weight) commercial trip limit.
    Minimum size: 12-inch fork length in federal waters off of NC, SC, GA, and east coast FL.
    Commercial split season for gray triggerfish - the Annual Catch Limit will be split in half with half the quota available January 1 through June 30 and the second half of the quota available July 1 through December 31 annually. Each season will remain open until NOAA Fisheries determines that the seasonal ACL has been met or is projected to be met.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. For more info call 727-824-5312.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL, Commercial ACL
    Additional Information: Gray Triggerfish Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: General Limit: 20

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage Beginning March 30, 2020, new regulations will limit the harvest of any one species within the 20-fish aggregate bag limit to 10 fish. In addition, the minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in federal waters off Florida will be 12 inch fork length. For more information: Learn about new regulations for other snapper grouper species, effective March 30, 2020. Minimum Size is 12 inches Fork Length
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    ​1,000-lb (whole weight) commercial trip limit.
    Minimum size: 12-inch fork length in federal waters off of NC, SC, GA, and East Coast of FL
    Commercial split season for gray triggerfish - the Annual Catch Limit will be split in half with half the quota available January 1 through June 30 and the second half of the quota available July 1 through December 31 annually. Each season will remain open until NOAA Fisheries determines that the seasonal ACL has been met or is projected to be met.
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. For more info call 727-824-5312.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL, Commercial ACL
    Additional Information: Gray Triggerfish Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Fork Length

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from May 2nd, 2020 to February 28th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational gray triggerfish season reopens to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1, 2021. For additional information including season closures, see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size; No bag limit. Citation 4 lbs or 20 inches.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from May 2nd, 2020 to February 28th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational gray triggerfish season reopens to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1, 2021.

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: 20 Fish Limit: 20

  • Closed Seasons from May 2nd, 2020 to February 28th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational gray triggerfish season reopens to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1, 2021. For more information on closed seasons, see GulfCouncil.org.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: General Limit: 20

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Fork Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from May 2nd, 2020 to February 28th, 2021

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any gray triggerfish. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    The recreational gray triggerfish season reopens to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1, 2021.
    For more information, see myFWC/Triggerfish.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Fork Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any gray triggerfish. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: BBNP Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any gray triggerfish. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    For more information, see MyFWC Biscayne National Park.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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