Lisa and I went out Saturday, with Doug and Denise, to hit some of our favorite natural bottom spots to the SE.
I've been diving this spot for a few years now, and have never come up empty handed... until this past weekend.
The reefs were covered with lionfish.
When I stopped by MBT yesterday, I bought one of the little lionfish pole spears so we can start slaying them with efficiency. It's just too much trouble to try to do any good with the big Riffe.
As for eating them, I shot one of the biggest ones I saw Saturday and brought it home. We cooked it up and it was very good. They are small, so one big lionfish per person would probably make a decent meal with sides.
The meat was nice and white, flakey, not mushy.
I lightly seasoned the filets with Cavender's then pan-seared them in a little olive oil. Delicious!!! I didn't want to fry them or over season them because I wanted to get the true flavor of the fish... just about anything tastes good if you put a bunch of seasoned batter on it and deep fry.
So, from now on, we'll kill as many as we can and keep the big ones to eat.