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Updated: 10/05/2017 08:30:01AM

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By Josh Olive

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How many triggerfish do you catch? If you’re like most Southwest Florida offshore anglers, triggers are an occasional bycatch species. They’re certainly welcomed by those in the know — their delicately sweet and snowy-white flesh is without peer — but getting a bunch has never been easy.

And it’s that much harder these days, since triggerfish are on the list of reef species. That means the small, very sharp j-hooks favored by the few who had the triggers really dialed in have been illegal for years. Just like with grouper, snapper and amberjack, you can’t keep one unless it’s caught on an inline circle hook.

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