Spearfishing for Triggerfish in Hampton Bays

Triggerfish are a funny looking, fun to catch summer species in the New York/NJ bite. They usually swim up in the gulfstream as the waters warm and show up on the reefs in mid-July while party boats are targeting sea bass and porgies. The Ocean Eagle out of Sheepshead Bay is a great party boat that targets these tasty fish.


Triggerfish are sustainable, locally caught fish, prized by seasoned salties.  They have firm white flesh that is slightly sweet in flavor – closer to crab than fish in some ways. Their firm fresh hold up on the grill and they can be cooked whole or as fillets.  I like them beer battered and deep fried, baked or poached, or any simple method that lets their flavor shine. This wonderful taste of summer is something I look forward to each year.

beer battered fish
Beer battered triggerfish.


My buddy Brian sent me these vids and pics from a spearfishing trip out to Hampton Bays for Triggerfish.





Triggerfish speared in Hampton Bays.
Triggerfish and Yellowfin tuna getting prepped.
Yellowfin sautéed.
Triggerfish on the grill.


Poached triggerfish.



JKS 8/28/17

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