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Old 07-01-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Gray trigger fish, any natural preditors?

Quoted from the FWC: "Gray triggerfish, which prefer water depths that exceed 70 feet, are primarily found on natural and artificial reefs which provide food and protection from predators"

My question, do gray triggerfish have any predators? I've never heard of anything eating one.

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Old 07-01-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Opened a Cobia stomach once. I had about 50 tiny baby trigger fish in her
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Big amberjack will eat a decent sized one. I imagine a shark will chomp them as well. When they are small, I'm betting most everything will eat them. There was an article in Marlin magazine several years ago about fishing off the coast of Ghana, and the author said the billfish there focused on the large numbers of red trigger fish there. I'm sure all those little triggerfish that hang out in the sargassum we have get eaten by dolphin, billfish, wahoo, cobia, etc when they stray too far from the grass.
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Back in the day when we would go way offshore targeting BIG jacks, we would use small ones for live bait. Like candy to a fat kid.
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I am a natural predator of triggers.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:14 PM   #6
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I am a natural predator of triggers.
You beat me to it!
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