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Old 03-11-2018, 08:18 PM
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:19 AM
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Nice video thanks for sharing. How do you like that lionfish tube? I'm looking for a better lionfish containment solution, but weary of the drag on the tubes. How does the tube feel swimming with and against a strong current?
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:25 AM
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I was living in Gulf Shores and diving for lionfish there was just a drop on a coop then come back up and diving down in S FL is almost all drift diving, so I havent really had to fight the current too much with my tube, but I also havent noticed it hindering my swimming at all. I highly recommend the zookeeper (same as in this video). I have put literally hundreds of pounds through mine with no issues, but I was on a trip last month and 3 lion-tamers broke on the first or second dive of the day. Theyre also great for the occasional lobster, much easier to use than a bag and they dont scrape you up if youre not wearing pants.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:02 AM
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Appreciate the personal review on the lionfish tubes, thanks.
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:23 AM
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I knew they were invasive but had no idea they were so prolific

So what do you do with the lionfish that are collected?
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:02 AM
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I have about the same review on them as Watergator. All our lionfish diving is bounce dives on coops pyrimids and reef balls. Iv used several different home made contraptions that the drag was horrible. But the zookeeper is un noticable. I have gone down with 3 before, carrying one and one clipped off each side waist d ring and had no problems.

SOSC. We arent sure if its purely divers hammering them so hard. Or if it was the cold winter. But the lionfish numbers are way down this year. This time last year spots in that same area would have 100-125 fish on every spot. I dont think we have found a spot with more than 25 yet this year.
All of those fish were turned in for the Lionfish World Championship pre tournament. They were cleaned and will be put up. Then cooked for the lionfish removal and awareness day and tournament awards day.
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Thanks for the review Capt. Marcus. Lionfish aren't the primary target with our diving style but they taste great and there is always a few around. Maybe anecdotal but I've noticed a change in lionfish behavior around South Florida this year. The big ones are getting smarter and swim away from you/try to hide.
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Assuming that the PVC tube on the side of your ZooKeeper is for stowing the pole spear? Can you provide some details on the design, etc. Looking to add something similar to my zookeeper just to keep the spear handy but not have to have it in my hand the whole time. Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by oatmans View Post
Assuming that the PVC tube on the side of your ZooKeeper is for stowing the pole spear? Can you provide some details on the design, etc. Looking to add something similar to my zookeeper just to keep the spear handy but not have to have it in my hand the whole time. Thanks.
That is exactly what its for, bottom end has a cap. Mid way down the pvc drilled a hole and put a carrige bolt from the inside sticking out. Just zip tie the pvc to the zook. Pole spear goes in and the band pulls down and goes over the end ov the bolt holding it in place
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Old 03-20-2018, 01:05 PM
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Thanks. Did you just zip-tie the tube to the Zook?


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That is exactly what its for, bottom end has a cap. Mid way down the pvc drilled a hole and put a carrige bolt from the inside sticking out. Just zip tie the pvc to the zook. Pole spear goes in and the band pulls down and goes over the end ov the bolt holding it in place
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Originally Posted by Sea_Bass View Post
Thanks for the review Capt. Marcus. Lionfish aren't the primary target with our diving style but they taste great and there is always a few around. Maybe anecdotal but I've noticed a change in lionfish behavior around South Florida this year. The big ones are getting smarter and swim away from you/try to hide.
I have discovered the same thing along Boca/Delray Beach....they no longer sit around, as soon as they see you coming, they head for cover. Fortunately, I haven't been seeing them in great numbers or size, most have a body size of two fingers.
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Favorite lionfish recipe? hoping to slay a bunch this summer.
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:39 PM
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Favorite lionfish recipe? hoping to slay a bunch this summer.
Lionfish is really versatile so most of your fish recipes will work with it. I really like it just sauteed with garlic and butter. Lionfish is also really good for ceviche. I have fileted them on the boat and mixed up the ceviche and then its ready to go when we're done cleaning up.
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Seeing really low numbers in Wilmington NC this year so far too.
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Wow, great video, thanks for sharing this!
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