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Discussion in 'Underwater Hunting' started by Anthony Appleyard, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Soloist

    Soloist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Great! Personally clipping a small poll spear to your harness while carrying a speargun seems much more practical. Lionfish are the quintessential sitting duck, so a poll spear is extremely quick, effective and easy. Not worth the possibility of damaging a spear tip on a rock or ripping through coral and sponges to me. Then you have to get the fish off the spear and reload the gun. Time and effort. Guess I’m lazy! However, if this works for you I stand corrected. Cheers.
  2. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    My teammate catches his sometimes with his lobster looper and I've backhand slapped a few close ones to stun&bag them, so not much surprises me with lionfish (I've seen nets, slurpguns, J-hooks, PPD's, knives, muck sticks, & even fins used)

    But just for grins,,,,2 questions :
    1) On the 60" gun, are you shooting them or stabbing them ie; no trigger pull ?
    2) If shooting,,,
    .........A) How many bands are loaded on that 60" gun when you shoot them?
    .........B) How far back from the LF are you when pulling the trigger?
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  3. grey2112

    grey2112 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New Port Richey FL
    Reading this thread makes me realize
    In our area (west coast off New Port Richey in less than 100 feet of water) we rarely encounter more than 1-2 lions at a time. If we had hundreds of them like up in the Panhandle I'd carry a pole spear and Lion-tamer/Zookeeper. I used to carry a small pole spear attached to my speargun, but honestly it was a PITA and got in the way the 99% of the time I was shooting fish and not Lions.
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  4. grey2112

    grey2112 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: New Port Richey FL
    1. Shooting
    2. 1 band, and about 5 feet back so my shaft comes completely out of the gun (enclosed track)
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  5. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    Not sure if the thread is still measuring who has the biggest one, but as a side note...

    For those getting LF know that FFWC has a program going that exchanges 25 LF tales for a commemorative coin that is worth an extra lobster each day during mini-season.
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  6. IncreaseMyT

    IncreaseMyT Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Naples, FL
    Same here. No more than a handful of lion fish on any spot. So we do the same thing, at the end of the dive after we have shot and strung our fish, then I will shoot them with just one band pulled. Then I just leave them on my spear reload and shoot another.

    This is better than having to carry a zookeeper with you. If there was so many lion fish on a spot a zookeeper would be useful, then I would just head back up and get it and clean them out in one dive.

    Here is an old video of me spearing some lion fish and leaving them on the spear.

    Lionfish shooting starts after 2:30

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  7. IncreaseMyT

    IncreaseMyT Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Naples, FL
    I have seen people stab them though too @Johnoly with their gun. It is trickier than it looks though.
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  8. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    What up, buddy! I didn't know you had an account on here. Looks like you guys had a pretty good trip Monday. I'm heading out Saturday. You must have to work.
  9. Anthony Appleyard

    Anthony Appleyard Barracuda

    In Hawaii, what are the invasive species?

    (Postscript :: I have heard of cases of sharks stealing caught fish from spearfishers.)

    (I also saw (on Youtube, I think) about somewhere where some of the area's sperm whales have learned to steal caught cod from fishermen's long-lines, and other sperm whales are imitating.)
  10. covediver

    covediver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Alaska
    Invasive species on Maui are the peacock grouper (roi), bluestripe snapper, blacktail snapper.
    Please don't go after the Hawaiian lionfish, they are native to the islands.

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