Distribution & Size
Triggerfish are reef fish. There name
is derived from the fact that they have "triggers" which is the forward dorsal
spine. No amount of pressure will force it back down, but a slight push on the
shorter second spine will make the "trigger" fold instantly. Most times
this species are caught when anglers are targeting other species such as snappers and
groupers. World record for the Ocean Triggerfish
is 13lbs 8ozs.
On average the Ocean Triggerfish is the largest of the triggers averaging
4 to 6lbs but sometimes as much as 10lbs.
The Queen Triggerfish usual average weight is from a 2 to 5lbs and rarely
The World record is 12lbs.
The Gray Triggerfish (Balistes
capriscus) also known as
the Common Triggerfish is mostly found well offshore. It averages from 1 to 3lbs and
occasionally as much as 10lbs.
Florida State Record is 12lb 7oz and the World record is 13lbs 9ozs.
All of the triggerfish can be considered
excellent fighters on light tackle. However they are usually difficult to hook.
Tackle & Bait
Take most types of tackle but small hooks
are essential to ensure success.
All of the triggerfish are excellent for the
table, however the Ocean Triggerfish meat is sometimes considered coarser.
Limits and Regulations
Rec. Bag Limit
12" fork Atlantic.
14" fork Gulf.
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