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Old 07-03-2014, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hoping to be back in the water by next week for the first time in several years. When I was diving before lionfish weren't really an issue so I've never messed with them.

Anyone got any tips or tricks for catching them? From what I've seen/read it looks like a pole spear with a multi prong tip and some shears to trim the fins off is the way to go??

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Do a search on here, lots and lots of past threads, many with videos of Lion Fish Harvest with big numbers.
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WhackUmStackUm

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Firefishvideo

Are the best around when it comes to Lion Fish, in my mind, based upon what they have posted.

Search these two guys on here, and fill your brains with some awesome knowledge, I have.
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Thanks BananaTom.

FireFishVideo, no woryz and TONER are lionfish killing machines. So you might ask them for advice.

I use a three pronged paralyzer tip on a 4' fiberglass pole spear. I often wear a puncture proof glove on my left hand and shoot the spear with my right hand. For storage I use a 7 gallon bucket with a "Lobster Inn" one-way flapper mounted on the top and PVC tees mounted in the bottom to allow water to drain. The large ZooKeeper and the lionfish bag made by A+ also work well.

I do not clip off lionfish fins in the water as that uses up a bunch of bottom time. However, I feel it is ok to clip them off in the water if you like.

I carry hot water on the boat to treat stings. It is as hot as I can stand but not scalding hot. I treat stings as soon as possible to keep swelling to a minimum.


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thanks guys, that was one thing I was wondering about was burning up bottom trimming the fins. I'll look into some of the bags to put them in.
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A bag and a pole spear with paralyzer tip is all you need. Just pay attention and don't rush and you'll be fine. One tip...when you roll in be aware that your bag/bucket is full of air and will give you a little trouble until it is full of water. Not a big deal, but something to consider. I use a 2' pole and wish I had a 3-4' one.
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X2 on the zookeeper, just adds a little drag
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