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Invasive Species Spearfishing & Science Discuss invasive exotic species such as lionfish, carp, snakehead, etc. including news, spearfishing and scientific research in any geographical region.

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Old 07-22-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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17.5" Lionfish anyone?

Florida Keys, American Shoal.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

unfortunately that is a small one for up here in the Carolinas. Damn things are everywhere.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

Man, thats a decent size for the reef. They are getting bigger inshore fOr sure, the monsters lurk in the DEEEEP water tho
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

I saw one offshore in grand cayman had to be at least 30 inches. We were on a snorkeling charter and didn't have any slings onboard. There are some monsters out there.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:24 AM   #5
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

Had an interesting lunch with a NSU professor a couple of weeks ago. According to studies, in the Pacific, they figure max size is about 30". But they have no idea how big they can get in an environment with no predators and lots of food!

Forget the bull sharks when a 5' Lionfish is coming after you!!!
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:21 AM   #6
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Had an interesting lunch with a NSU professor a couple of weeks ago. According to studies, in the Pacific, they figure max size is about 30". But they have no idea how big they can get in an environment with no predators and lots of food!

Forget the bull sharks when a 5' Lionfish is coming after you!!!
They are just like any other fish. They are only going to get big as their genetics allow.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:21 AM   #7
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unfortunately that is a small one for up here in the Carolinas. Damn things are everywhere.
True, I have seen a few the size of basketballs (including their spines)
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

So glad I dont have to deal with those SOB's.
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Old 09-24-2013, 12:07 PM   #9
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

On the bright side, I think they are even tastier than hogfish..
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:30 PM   #10
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

I shot one about the same size in Jupiter last weekend. Was a monster compared to what I normally see. Equally delicious as the smaller ones.
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:19 PM   #11
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

For that area I would say 17.5in is on the bigger side of most of the lions I see over there. But there is no doubt they get larger. Especially on most of the deep wrecks.

We got this one in about 30ft of water not to long ago. Never measured him but he looked like a damn basketball underwater.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:46 PM   #12
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

got a decent sized one the other day, anybody else noticing that they are hiding when the divers are around?
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:12 AM   #13
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got a decent sized one the other day, anybody else noticing that they are hiding when the divers are around?
definitely not seeing them sitting out in the open as much when ive been out last week and the week before... theyre still stupid and sitting still though. bagged one SW of key west last week that measured out at 18 inches.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:47 PM   #14
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Re: 17.5" Lionfish anyone?

even tastier than hogfish? is that true? is there any special preparation involved when cooking one of these? how do you recommend preparing them?
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:51 PM   #15
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No special way to prepare just filet, Panko breading, some Everglades seasoning, oil and pan!
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