View Full Version : Coming Up Empty So Far

10/18/2007, 07:56 PM
Hey Reefers.
The juvenile fish seem to be late this year! No blue tangs, spanish hogfish....crumbs! Maybe it's still too warm, maybe they are out deep in caves. I did manage to snag a nice flamefish recently.
Anyway, my jewelfish grew too big within a year and became a menace to any newcomer. It caused the loss of two small ocean surgeons and the flamefish getting beat up bad. Repatriation of the jewel , accomplished. Hopefully, the little fishies don't wait too long to come out!

10/29/2007, 05:08 PM
Butterflies are late this year, baby fish are late...why? I went snorkelling and really didn't need the light wet suit. It's still warm out here. Climate changes, ocean currents, global warming...who knows...

Is this happening in the Pacific?

11/04/2007, 02:50 PM
Gale force winds hindered snorkelling this weekend, but we are grateful to be spared major damage from Hurricane Noel which passed by at a comfortable distance. What was blown in this wind this time around? Grammas, yellow tangs...or....more lionfish? Maybe these predators are creaming our juvenile crops!Never ever release a lionfish in the Atlantic or any open sea!!!!! I'm sorry I didn't capture the six inch one I saw last year in a shallow cave in only 15 feet of water. Baby pudding wives are out. Wrasses can evade predators by burying quickly. Hope to try again next week.

11/04/2007, 06:33 PM
Bahamas has has an outbreak of lionfish over the past few years. Google search results have al types of theories of how they might have reached the Atlantic and their potential threat to juveniles(any fish smaller than they are)

Lionfish, keep 'em in ya aquariums or chop 'em up for chum. Eradication, annihilation or gross reduction of the species in the our waters may be required. I wish more trigger fish would have a go at 'em.

11/29/2007, 03:57 PM
man i wish i was out there! your a lucky duck.

12/01/2007, 05:32 AM
Some of the reef enthusiasts feel that Pacific species of fish and reef are more diverse and colorful. Some wind surfers say the waves are not like in California. The hikers say the land is too flat.

But all in all, it's a great place. A trip to collect water for changes is never too far away. Seaweed, shrimps, snails, small anenomes...whatever your fish eats, you will find something in the tide pools. Sometimes you can even trap fish squid in a pool..NICE!!!

12/02/2007, 05:41 PM
if i went id be leaving kickn and scream'n'

12/16/2007, 02:48 PM
Another one hour snorkelling trip off the North Shore coast today yielded no baby specimens! I did see snappers, porgies, breams, butterfly fish and ocean surgeons of various sizes, but no blue tangs, hogfish or angels. Grrrrrr.....and brrrrrrr as the sea surface temperature was just sub 70 degrees. I conclude that their breeding schedules must be "off" this year.

To date:
My blue tang is now chasing the flamefish...sometimes.
My spanish hogfish and the pudding wife are at it...all the time.
Water mini puddles on the tile.....my other half is not liking that.

12/19/2007, 04:41 PM
The lionfish are in Bermuda, too? Aaaack! They should have collection contests all along the Atlantic seaboard by local groups, governmental and otherwise. Everybody would be a potential winner since the collectors could sell the lionfish to hobbyists (or also catch Queen triggers and train them to kill 'em - sort of like piscine wildlife management specialists:)))

From the Urban Desert: A coyote attacked my dog last night for the 2nd time in 2 months while I was in the yard with her. I'm going to plant a barricade of cactus and other prickly nasties as a barricade. I would much rather make a SW moat and fill it with unwanted lionfish...