View Full Version : Lion Fish College Project - Help Needed

04-04-2012, 08:47 AM
This is way off topic, but being a spearo i figured this was the best place to ask. I have to do a mini thesis in biology and conduct an experiment in marine biology in order to graduate from my program. I would like to do it on the population of lion fish in my area (clearwater) but i havent seen any lately. im just wondering if any of you have seen a large population of them in one area that i could use in my study. Help a fellow Spearo graduate! let me know. :toast:

04-05-2012, 03:25 AM
Looks loke They all went to deeper waters...

04-05-2012, 08:17 AM
Looks loke They all went to deeper waters...

Hmmm.....that may be the case in other places too which is VERY strange. :scratch:

You would think there would be less food out deeper. Anybody else seeing that happen? :confused:

I will move this thread to the Invasive species forum and expand the title as I think that may yeild more responses for the OP.

04-05-2012, 08:57 AM
That would be great! thank you. i didnt know we had an invasive species forum...

04-05-2012, 12:04 PM
Ive heard of people pulling them up at 1500 feet. I went out 50 miles speafishing in the gulf yesterday and only saw one that was the size of a gatorade bottle. I imagine they go deeper as they mature.

04-05-2012, 04:10 PM
im just wondering if any of you have seen a large population of them in one area that i could use in my study.

The Jupiter hole in the wall deep ledge and up on top of it is just loaded up with lots of lionfish.

04-05-2012, 04:27 PM
Places with a large lionfish population that I have seen personally,

Jupiter deep ledge
Shallow reef from pompano to ft lauderdale
Any man-made structure in the keys shallow to deep(5-200+)
Coral heads and reefs in Grand Bahama, they are thick over there

04-06-2012, 06:26 AM
The base of the Vandenberg

04-06-2012, 07:06 AM
In addition to Keys, I saw four in 60ft out of Ft Pierce last weekend.
Of course, those 4 aren't available anymore...

04-06-2012, 07:37 PM
I dive west palm and Jupiter a lot and if I want a place where I KNOW that I'll get a lot of lionfish, that would be off of the deep ledges in Jupiter. At anywhere between 80-140', if I go there and don't come up with at least 5 on my stringer (even with a strong current) its a weird day. Good size ones too. I've dropped down onto ledges around 130' and have come upon small schools of 5-10 of them before just chilling in a 10 square foot area of ledges

I have yet to see any other place in west palm/jupiter as populated as those deep ledges.

04-06-2012, 10:39 PM
Dude come to miami, for every one Ive killed outta here we find 10 more to replace it. Things are takin over like mexicans hoppin the fence at nogales AZ...

04-07-2012, 02:47 PM
there all over the place in Bimini