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Thanks to facebook I connected with my buddy who goes to another school down the street from mine and used to work the netters with me in Barnegat light. He invited me out on his boat today, the cold front that came through finally passed so we had high hopes of getting out and getting on some fish and lobster after the blow.

We broke haulover inlet at 10AM to a nice rolling swell and winds out of the east. Had a slow run to our first drop in 55-70 feet of water. Three of us in the water, viz was mucky and 15-20 due to the swells and wind from the past few days. I didnt shoot anything the first drop and spent the time hunting bugs, only found one but couldnt get him out of the hole he was in. Shame, it was a quality 2-3 lb bug.

2nd drop was insane, hit the bottom on a ledge and was greeted by a wall of yellow jacks. Picked one out and fed him steel. Buddies chased em down but didnt shoot any. We got seperated due to viz so I worked over the area and came up with 2 FAT lionfish and a decent hog. My buddy pulled his PB hogfish and another one to follow it up. I took great pleasure in killing these big lionfish as they were everywhere and the only good ones are dead ones.


Awesome dinner, lionfish shashimi, leftover grilled Wahoo loins, hogfish, and some mahi with beans and corn washed down with some good PBRs.The yellow jack was saved, the fruit vendor at my school market on tuesdays is an older Cuban gentleman who cant dive anymore due to health issues, so I bring him fish every week in exchange for fresh fruit. He always shares his stories of his spearfishing days with me when I stop by, very nice guy to talk to.










 

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AK, thanks for talking about the lionfish. They are taking over in certain areas. Some may not be aware of this.

You or someone else should start a thread trying to educate guys about them and encouraging the killing and eating....

Here's a link about them
http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/aquatics/lionfish.shtml

And a google search parameter to get you or anyone else who wants to start the thread started....:)
http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-....,cf.osb&fp=d4aea2a5825eafc1&biw=1024&bih=540






Thanks for the report and the pics,...always enjoy them.,...and a lot of guys up here aren't able to fish right now, so reports like this help take the edge off...:thumbsup:
 

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Be glad to start a discussion on them sometime. Gonna be busy with classwork this week and the lady friend flying down thursday for the weekend but Ill see if I can get something written up on them.
 

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What are you doing this summer?

Phil!! hows everything going? Ill be working that lifeguard job but on my off days I should be around if I dont find a 2nd job close to home.

can you fill a aquarium for me lmao minus the spear holes
Very rarely do I not kill anything when I dive but Ive done collection before of ornamentals down here for a friend. I will tell you that florida fish are a bit temperamental to keep sometimes.
 

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so jealous

AK- you are the freaking man! Help me out here...are you free diving or do you have some kind of tank? Check that, I just saw the tanks next to the boat. When you head out down there, what are the prize fish???
 

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Bnice, I freedive anything 30 feet or shallower, anything deeper I try to stick to scuba for safety and avoiding blackouts from deeper diving.

We usually chase hogfish, snapper but we can come back with 10 different kinds of fish in one trip.... all depends what swims in front of my speargun and whether or not its legal... :D
 
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