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Old 09-04-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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My dive buddy and I ( NO WORYZ ) have a lionfish tournament coming up, and the # of fish to qualify for first place is crazy high.
After posting this video :
....I got the idea - that if this pyramid was eaten up with these little monsters...then I bet a LOT of the private reefs are the same way.
We have been collecting 40-50 lionfish off of EACH pyramid or chicken coop we have hit!
THEREFORE I PROPOSE:
I would like to tag along with some of the local fisherman who do not dive!
If you have private reefs, and would like them cleaned of lionfish for FREE.... send me a private message.
I'm sure no one will want to turn over GPS# ( unless you trust me ) ...so It would be up to you to provide transport to your spots.
I'll dive the reef and collect any and ALL lionfish ...+ some video.
You get a reef that is free of lionfish....and I get more lions for my tournament.

I am perfectly capable of collecting the number of fish I need from my regular ride....but I'd like to hit some private spots to increase my catch per dive + clean some spots that would normally be a haven for these little bastards.

I would like to be able to hit at least 3-4 private reefs per trip.

Beginning date : Sept 14
End date Oct. 14

If this sounds like something you would like to look into...let me know ASAP.
Thanks, Scott Bartel.
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PS: Here is my buddy's thread on this subject (in the scuba section).
PPS: A good, safe, ship-shape vessel will be a must, Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:34 PM   #2
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I'll bet there's alot of private #'s not producing as well as they should and the "owners" don't know why. If I had some, all I would need is a verbal agreement from you not to use or disclose later. I understand what your trying to do and hope there are people out there that will take advantage of this service. I hope you stick a ton! Good Luck!
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Where are you located and where can you dive out of? Do you come to Destin? My main question is that if a reef is covered with lionfish and not many snapper, aj's, grouper, etc. how long do you think that this will keep lionfish away? I know that typically you leave a reef alone for at least a year after deploying and wonder if it is the same after this process is completed? Also, in that time do the lionfish return? It seems like a great service and just wonder if it is a never ending cycle? Please let me know what you think.
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Darn nice job, crazy how many were on that.
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I can see this as a real viable business in the future.
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Where are you located and where can you dive out of? Do you come to Destin? My main question is that if a reef is covered with lionfish and not many snapper, aj's, grouper, etc. how long do you think that this will keep lionfish away? I know that typically you leave a reef alone for at least a year after deploying and wonder if it is the same after this process is completed? Also, in that time do the lionfish return? It seems like a great service and just wonder if it is a never ending cycle? Please let me know what you think.
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I'm located out of Pensacola....and I'd kind of like to see if I can stay over this way.
Since we will not be harvesting any sport fish during the operation, I believe your reef will not take long to improve.
As far as the lionfish returning.....I don't know. We are currently working with Dolphin Island Sealab and UWF on that exact question. We have cleared a number of reefs, which they will monitor via ROV.... only time will tell.
We all believe they will return..... but hopefully it would take a few years to build up to the current levels. That might be a few years of good fishing vs none.
I don't know how this is going to work out....but it seems like it could be a good deal for everyone involved. Well see how it goes for the limited dates ...don't know if I'll want any more of it after that! Frankly ...these are nasty little fish to deal with.....poisonous...and the pain is excruciating if you get stuck good.
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I can see this as a real viable business in the future.
Don't know about that. You would have to get more than $3-$5 per fish to make it worth its while....I just don't see it happening on a commercial level.
It would be nice if they were hunted until their numbers were controllable!
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Also curious as to what your equipment is? It appeared like a 5 prong spear tip with limited or no barbs and a bag to keep them but is the bag specially designed to easily remove and to keep the fish from getting you through the bag?

I know that many here would appreciate any info like this. The last time I dove I shot a couple of them with a regular spear pole and tip but was hesitant to remove from the pole as I thought I may get hit with a fin.

Thanks for your service and any info.
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Wondering, and truly just wondering. How long does it take for lionfish to repopulate a spot?

Is it a losing battle?

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Wondering, and truly just wondering. How long does it take for lionfish to repopulate a spot?

Is it a losing battle?

Jim
Please read the above posts....question has already been posted, thanks Jim.
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