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Old 01-13-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Footage from 1-6-12. Killed 8 lionfish on this small piece of scrap metal in 100 feet of water out of the Pensacola pass. I think we killed 13 on the day and were able to catch one live for the UWF biology department. We had to cut them to get them off of the spear and slowly the red snapper turned their sights on the dead lionfish. Sorry the video isn't the best quality, the wide angle of the gopro means you have to get really close to your subjects without scaring them away. It helps to watch it in 720p. Enjoy!

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:44 PM   #2
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So why aren't they as dangerous dead as alive?
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to bad the snapper wont eat them alive, or figure out how to kill them. neat video
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They still are fairly new to this ecosystem. Give it time and one of the species will probably figure out how to kill them and eat them.
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They still are fairly new to this ecosystem. Give it time and one of the species will probably figure out how to kill them and eat them.
Judging from that video one of the species has figured out how to kill them. 13 in one day is pretty efficient.
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Judging from that video one of the species has figured out how to kill them. 13 in one day is pretty efficient.
13 in a day isn't putting a dent in them, but I have heard that they are supposed to taste good. I just haven't heard of a way to catch them other than spear. You would think that someone might, every now and then, pick one up on the rod and reel.
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It is a predator so should taste ok. Do not know that much about them at all and before moving here had no idea they were putting together the numbers they seem to be enjoying. Strictly introduced through the hobby trade or ?
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BillMe's question got me to wondering and researched on the web. Interesting find. They are training fish to eat them in the carribbeain. Mainly grouper and sharks. I'm posting from phone or would post a link. Interesting stuff.
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Just got back from Grand Cayman... the dive master was talking how several species are now eating the little #($%ers... they are still a problem, but some what better.

any chance of a "bounty" where 5-10 lionfish on the grill will get you a coupon for another species (redfish/red snapper)?

maybe the dive shops can be a "official" cash in dealer
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maybe the dive shops can be a "official" cash in dealer
Divepros gives you $2 per lionfish turned in($2 off a purchase).
I think I'll freeze them until I get about 300, by that time I'll be ready for a new regulator anyways.
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