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Old 01-05-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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Ran across this article describing fishermen catching lionfish on a "chicken rig" and live shrimp.
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Ran across this article describing fishermen catching lionfish on a "chicken rig" and live shrimp.

Sounds promising. Would think something like a crappie sized curly tailed jig bounced right in front of one would work as well. Trouble is getting something that small down in front of one considering current and depth.
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Sounds good but you got to consider... Everything else eats Shrimp too.. so getting the shrimp in front of a slow moving Lionfish may be a challenge.. but I may try some time. I'd love to be able to hook and line the critters
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Couple of weeks ago the PNJ had an article on Lionfish, mentioning that our local divers have seen Toadfish/Oysterfish eating them. About that time some here reported catching Toadfish. A few days later we fished the Bridge Rubble and caught some really nice size Toadfish too. Very aggressive. Of course, Toads are pretty common...but it was the most in that short a time I've ever seen caught.

Maybe nature, as some here have predicted for some time, has responded at last to the Lionfish problem by way of one very ugly predator. Anyone else catching more than the usual number and size Toadfish?

Something to keep in mind as to how you handle them next time before throwing back.
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I dropped a 3 oz bank sinker with 2 each 1/4 curl tail grubs tied above it in chicken rig fashion on some shallow water structure earlier this winter and had considerable success with it. I had to drop it slowly while drifting to keep the lines from tangling but it might work on the lionfish. Dont think there were any on the Minton reefs where we were fishing.
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About that time some here reported catching Toadfish. A few days later we fished the Bridge Rubble and caught some really nice size Toadfish too. Very aggressive. Of course, Toads are pretty common...but it was the most in that short a time I've ever seen caught.
The Bridge Rubble is covered in oyster toadfish. It's crazy how many there are.
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The Pcola news journal did a article a month or so ago, and said that the "toad fish" is a fish that will eat these Lionfish! I definitely will be throwing back the toad fish....
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It would be interesting video to see if a diver could get them to eat.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGzli6R_49E

TOADFISH EATING A LIONFISH
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I have a question for you divers. Is it possible/practical to dive with something similar to a cane pole and have a few bait options so that you can test and directly see what baits and presentations work best for lionfish?

Also, I'd say that from the videos I've seen, the infested reefs have very few other fish to compete for the shrimp.
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