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7 Things you didn’t know about Hogfish

Hogfish is a local delicacy in Tampa Bay, so uniquely and intrinsically tied to the area that unless you have actually visited this part of the world, it is likely you have never even heard of Hogfish before.

hogfish in the florida keys
The common name for Hogfish in Spanish is "doncella de pluma" which translates to "feathered maiden"

The Hogfish possess the perfect combination of flavor and texture because they are sweeter than Grouper, flakier than Mahi and as rich as Scallops - which is why it's the perfect addition to our ever changing menu at Mystic Fish.

Hogfish at Mystic Fish in Palm Harbor FL
Fresh Hogfish at Mystic Fish - a local favorite in Palm Harbor

Here are the 7 things you likely didn't know about Hogfish:

  1. The Hogfish uses its elongated pig-like snout to rummage and graze for crustaceans that are buried beneath the sand. The shape of its snout and the way it uses it is what gave the Hogfish its name.

  2. Juvenile Hogfish start out as female and then become male as they mature.

  3. Hogfish have been recorded to live for up to 11 years.

  4. Hogfish social communities are quite interesting, with one male mating with and protecting a group of females.

  5. The common name for Hogfish in Spanish is “doncella de pluma” which literally translates to “feathered maiden”.

  6. Males tend to be more intensely colored than females with a signature black spot behind the pectoral fins. Females are a pale grey or brown with males exhibiting brighter red or orange colors.

  7. Even though they are a part of the wrasse family, Hogfish are closely related to parrot fish.

Hogfish at Mystic Fish in Palm Harbor FL
Hogfish are as beautiful as they are delicious

Hogfish are as beautiful and interesting as they are delicious! Where is your favorite spot in Tampa Bay to grab a bite of Hogfish?

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