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Old 06-12-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Mike at Marina Management caught a couple of lionfish this week on a dead cigar minnow on a #5 snapper hook.
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I thought they wouldn't touch dead bait. Maybe they're getting hungry because they've exceeded max population?
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How do you unhook them without getting pricked by the barbs?

I hear they taste pretty good is that true?
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Cut the hook, tie another on. #5 hooks are cheap.
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Needle nose pliers will probably work.
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How do you unhook them without getting pricked by the barbs?

I hear they taste pretty good is that true?
Step by step:

1. Use sheers to cut barbs off.

2. Dehook

3. Put on ice

4. Drop in fryer

5. Enjoy!!!
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I handle them a lot and find that grabbing them by the lip or anywhere on the head works for me. The sides of the heads have rough protrusions on them. The protrusions are prickly but non-venomous.

I sometimes snip the spine from the top of the body right behind the head. I cut down about an inch to put an end to their struggling.

Some folks remove all of the sharp spines on the top and bottom of their bodies and then just throw them in the cooler with the rest of their fish. The fins on the side do not contain venomous spines.

Like I said, I handle a lot of lionfish, and I have been stung about 20 times so far. Please be careful. You do not want to receive a sting. It is best to carry hot water on the boat if you think you might catch lionfish. When I get stung I immerse my hand in water as hot as I can stand for a few minutes. It kills the pain quickly but I still get some swelling.

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They are so yummy though
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