Pigfish

pigfish

Pigfish are colorful members of the grunt family. They are marked with a bluish upper and a silver lower body, with a series of attractive stripes on the sides and bands on the snout and head. Each scale has a blue center which is outlined in copper or orange. Pigfish range from Massachusetts through the Gulf of Mexico, although they are rarely caught north of Virginia.

These panfish are easy to entice although they are skilled at stealing baits. Most anglers use small hooks baited with bloodworm, squid, crab, shrimp or other local baits. They are common in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays during the summer and early fall, especially around structure such as shell piles, reefs, and piers. Pigfish are usually small but good tasting and sought after as a food fish.