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Old 05-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Didn't get as many lionfish as last week ....deeper diving...less time ....I killed 18 ,brought back 14, gave 1 away.
Decided to see what they had been eating....cut open the stomachs .....here are a couple of pics.
First one looks like red snapper to me, ???? on second and third.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Very interesting. I cant tell what the first two are but the three in the third pic look like some sort of gobies or blennies.

If you have the time, do it more often as we are all interested in seeing what these guys are eating. Out of curiosity whered you keep them while diving? I dont imagine you had them on a stringer given their spines right?
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Out of curiosity whered you keep them while diving? I dont imagine you had them on a stringer given their spines right?
I have a heavy canvas catchbag with a wire hinged closure (from MBT Divers) there is a mesh vent at the bottom ...so I'm wary of a stray spine poking out of that....but the rest is pretty safe . I really like the wire hinged closure on top....just put the spear/fish in the bag....close bag around spear...and rip the spear back out of the bag leaving the fish behind. Really a FAST operation.
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Maybe this is a dumb question, but...What exactly do you do with them?? I know they're an invasive species, so are you just thinning out the population?
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Maybe this is a dumb question, but...What exactly do you do with them?? I know they're an invasive species, so are you just thinning out the population?
Dinner.
I doubt I'm having any effect on their numbers.
+its kind of cool to have SOMETHING that you can collect as many as you want ...no seasons,no rules,no size limit...just kill and eat!
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Interesting. So I guess theres not much danger in eating lionfish like there is with pufferfish?
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Good for you Scott, keep tearing them up!
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Only the spines of the lionfish are toxic....and heat destroys this type of toxin anyway.
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Slaying a slayer!!! Great job!
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Only the spines of the lionfish are toxic....and heat destroys this type of toxin anyway.
So..., hit the affected area of the body with a blow torch? What do you mean by heat?
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