Catching triggerfish is not easy; they're quick eaters better known for stealing bait than inhaling hooks. Remember those teeth? In a fraction of a second they can crush the shell of shrimp or crab baits and suck out the juicy part. Foil their bait-stealing techniques by fishing with tiny #1 or #2 hooks, and use tough baits, such as clam snouts or mussel bellies, that aren't easily removed. Fish near solid structure, and be prepared to force the fish into open water quickly - hooked triggerfish often attempt to wedge themselves into cracks or crevices, then use that big dorsal spine to lock themselves in place. If this happens to the fish on the end of your line and it's within reach, unlock the dorsal using a rod tip, a boathook, or your hand. Otherwise, slack your line and wait for the fish to come out on its own. Use slow, steady pressure to bring triggers to the boat. Triggerfish are more powerful than they appear because they turn sideways to gain leverage, as permit or jacks sometimes do.