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 Barrelfish
(Hyperoglyphe perciformis)


 Distribution & Size

A member of the family of generally obscure butterfishes, Barrelfish (Hyperoglyphe perciformis) tend to hang well above the bottom. Found throughout the Atlantic and Gulf, it reaches 27 pounds. 

 General Information

Adult Barrelfish have also been caught in the Florida Straits and occasionally along the North American coast from Nova Scotia to the Florida Keys. They have been seen in the eastern North Atlantic around Ireland, Spain, and Portugal, and in the western Mediterranean Sea. Many of the records describe juveniles associated with floating debris.

 Tackle & Bait

Deep drop gear.

 Eating Qualities

Excellent. The meat is very white, firm and flakey, with a mild flavor.

 State Limits & Regulations

IGFA world record: 17 pounds, 4 ounces, from Virginia in 2008.

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None None None
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