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Jew Fish Shooting on Thunderbolt Wreck

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Concerned Diver, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. fl-diver

    fl-diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    I apologize for singling you out. I just think it is hypocritical say it is sad to kill the poor Goliath Grouper and brag about killing a big snapper. The only reason most people don't kill golliaths is because it is against the law. (endangered species) I would almost bet that a 30 + pound snapper is a lot more rare that a Golliath in any size.
    I was in the Keys over July 4th week and tried like hell to shoot some snapper but they were exceptionally skittish for some reason.
    Good job on the big snapper. I am assuming it had to be a Cubera to get that big.:bang:
  2. gatorblueyes

    gatorblueyes Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Florida

    You would be correct. It was a cubera. Not to beat a dead horse my point is I think it is sad to take out something that is technically protected and not only that they just left it. That is what bothers me. We shoot what we need to eat and that is it. Truth be told, this cubera already had a spear injury so it was only a matter of time for him. Someone had gut shot him. Probably the boat that was there right before us that hauled up a Black when we arrived but I DO understand what you are saying and we can just agree to have different opinions on this. I am new to the board so I do feel like I need to defend myself.

    The snapper were skittish. Our friend that lives down there seemed to think it was the norm in certain areas. He would say you go down and get one chance and if you mess it up, move on.

    I am more of a rod and reel girl anyway:)
  3. JRScuba

    JRScuba Contributor

    It seems obvious to me that they knew exactly what they were doing since they beat feet to get out of there after seeing you.

    Real shame!!!!!
  4. Blowin' Bubbles

    Blowin' Bubbles Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New York, NY
    That's terrible! Sadly I can believe that someone would do this in this day and age, but that is awful! I'm sorry you had to see that!
  5. Jupiter31

    Jupiter31 Contributor

    Disgusting -

    And you hear rumbling's - mostly from the hook and line community mad b/c they will occasionally take a hooked fish - to allow a "limited" goliath "harvest"

    If that happens, look for the same sad state of affairs we have experienced with this fish up until the last few years - 10 years ago they were almost as rare as whale sharks (OK, a slight exaggeration) here. Now you have a good chance of seeing them on every dive.
  6. Orlando Eric

    Orlando Eric Instructor, Scuba


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