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The Triggerfish

The Gray Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus

Uniform dark gray in color, sometimes with darker blotches on the sides, especially in smaller fish.


Averages 1-3 pounds; may rarely top 10 pounds. World record 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Florida record 12 pounds, 7 ounces.


Excellent. Many consider Triggerfish fillets to be tastier fare than those from the Yellowtail and small Snapper that are often caught with them in mixed bags. They are, however, more difficult to clean because of their tough skins.


The small mouth of the Triggerfish makes them difficult to hook, but once they are on a line they put up an outstanding fight against light tackle.


Spinning, baitcasting and light ocean tackle. Small hooks are essential. They bite shrimp and any sort of cut bait and also nip voraciously at artificial lures, especially plastics, although seldom getting hooked on them.


Still Fishing; Drifting.


Common Triggerfish Common Turbot Cucuyo


All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.


Mostly found well offshore in northern half of Florida, but inhabits both inshore areas—patches, holes, bridge and dock pilings—and offshore reefs of South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands.

Jacksonville Triggers

Triggerfish Jacksonville, FL at 130 feet


Florida Sportsman forum member STEEZO and friends caught these triggerfish and four others fishing with Captain Todd Harris.

Triggerfish on Father's Day

Dean Crouch caught this 7.6lb Triggerfish on his Father's Day kayaking trip offshore of Pensacola, Florida.

Sebastian Triggerfish

FS Member snapperscrapper posted this triggerfish photo from off Sebastian.

Bahamas Triggerfish

Paula Ferrer caught these triggerfish on the north shore of Crooked Island in the Bahamas using squid as bait.

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