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Slummies
02/02/2015, 03:59 AM
For me, one of the greatest elements of this hobby is collecting my own fish rather than a quick drive to the LFS.

Who else captures their own fish? Would love to see photographs and hear stories.

Slummies
02/03/2015, 03:46 AM
Okay, well since i started this thread, ill go first!

Below is my "Bucket Pic" from a recent dive (free dive). These fish were on a reef at about 6m deep and the Flame Back Angel took me 2 hours to catch! What an escape artist.

Fish are as follows:
1x Flame Back Angel or Jumping Bean where i am from (Centropyge Acanthops)
1x "Kleinii Butterfly" (Chaetdon Kleinii)
1x "Old Woman Angel" Pomocanthus Rhomboides
1x "Cleaner Wrasse" (Lamroides Dimidiatus)
3x Atnhias (Pseudoanthias Squamipinnis)
http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20150119_164911_zpscbf1cb48.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20150119_164911_zpscbf1cb48.jpg.html)

Where i am from, we only get Juvi fish that have been brought down from Durban on the warm current.

Slummies
02/03/2015, 03:55 AM
My last dive the water temp dropped from 24 degrees Celc to 14 degrees celc in a space of 3 days, killing off many fish. however i was able to get 4 x Anthias and a Coral Banded Shrimp:

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/IMG-20150127-WA0008_zpse6ceb4ff.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/IMG-20150127-WA0008_zpse6ceb4ff.jpg.html)

Slummies
02/03/2015, 04:00 AM
Last Photo, promise:
All eating flake easily within a day:
http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20150201_114710_zps9a64c9d3.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20150201_114710_zps9a64c9d3.jpg.html)

Saltliquid
02/03/2015, 04:28 AM
Nice catches mate, I do a lot of it myself, top sport to add to the hobby hey.

ace_92101
02/03/2015, 06:11 AM
Great job!!!!! A very nice haul.

Slummies
02/03/2015, 11:24 AM
Very Cool Liquidg.

Got any photos or species list?

Slummies
02/03/2015, 11:25 AM
Great job!!!!! A very nice haul.

Thank you. I went again today, but decided to shoot fish for supper instead. i did get a cool video of a rare butterfly ill upload later!

Slummies
02/03/2015, 12:20 PM
Soo... I dived off East London today and came across a stunning pair of Chaetodon Marleyi. You wont find this "rare" butterfly fish in your LFS. Here is a video from today of a pair:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM6d3HHiGJk

Saltliquid
02/03/2015, 10:40 PM
Very Cool Liquidg.

Got any photos or species list?

Yeh mate, all of these are what I get over here.
http://southeastqueenslandm.aforumfree.com/f20-local-marine-life-found-in-seq-and-information

Slummies
02/03/2015, 11:19 PM
Wow... That is quite a list. impressive

Slummies
02/03/2015, 11:34 PM
I caught this beautiful Gem Tang back in 2010.. still alive today.
In the Bucket:

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20100530-P5300025_zps3731586c.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20100530-P5300025_zps3731586c.jpg.html)

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20100530-IMG_0068_zps7c6ad426.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20100530-IMG_0068_zps7c6ad426.jpg.html)

Full story:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1856712

Booboobear259
02/04/2015, 01:18 PM
I've tried my hand at it and I have caught all kinds of fish for all kinds of different tanks. Mostly wrasses due to the trick to catching them that I found.

r-balljunkie
02/05/2015, 04:36 AM
i collect. lotsa fun to go out and get what you were set on.....a new facet to the hobby.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/marshall%20islands/P4080987.jpg


http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/marshall%20islands/P8293105.jpg

Saltliquid
02/05/2015, 06:04 AM
I caught this beautiful Gem Tang back in 2010.. still alive today.
In the Bucket:

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20100530-P5300025_zps3731586c.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20100530-P5300025_zps3731586c.jpg.html)

http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/20100530-IMG_0068_zps7c6ad426.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/20100530-IMG_0068_zps7c6ad426.jpg.html)

Full story:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1856712

very cute

Saltliquid
02/05/2015, 06:12 AM
This is my fav, I caught it some years back and with a lot of work it survived the cyclone Oswald power outage and a prolonged attack in my bottom tank from the conspic and the imperator.
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss69/SEQdivespots/tanks%20and%20tubs%20after%20power%20outage/lemonpeel_zps288eb849.jpg

This is it when I collected it on the same day with its very young mimic pyroferus tang.
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss69/SEQdivespots/info%20page%20on%20tangs%20and%20surgeon%20fish/lemonpeel-mimick-and--lemon.jpg

Saltliquid
02/07/2015, 02:55 PM
Here are a couple of latz a mate wanted along with a couple of other specific fish for his display tank, the latz were for his breeding program. This sort of thing is good; it keeps me from getting bored due to not doing much collecting any more. Latz are good like this, there are four pairs there and once in the tubs they pair up again with original mate and sit off to one side, no aggression at all with thess guys, top fish and on eof my favs of our common local fish.
http://i562.photobucket.com/albums/ss69/SEQdivespots/latz-_zpstezcrcnc.jpg

tkeracer619
02/09/2015, 02:23 AM
Thats awesome the gem is still kickin. I remember when you caught it :)

Slummies
02/09/2015, 02:39 AM
Great fish guys. WOW! this specimens are truly amazing!

Thats awesome the gem is still kickin. I remember when you caught it :)

Yeah! Been a very very long time :) I believe it is not living in a tank in Johannesburg. They system it was in closed down and he fish needed a home

sam.basye
02/15/2015, 05:07 PM
Very cool!

What are the different techniques and tools used to catch one's own fish? (other than cheating with chemicals of course ;))

Do you use a net (like in post #14) and try to back them in?

Here is a pistol shrimp I caught back during the summer:
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/IMG_20150101_154641257_zps0epqzcbv.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/IMG_20150101_154641257_zps0epqzcbv.jpg.html)

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/IMG_20140714_194028_483_zpshdowryix.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/IMG_20140714_194028_483_zpshdowryix.jpg.html)
baby mangrove snapper

trigger40
02/15/2015, 05:22 PM
Very cool!

What are the different techniques and tools used to catch one's own fish? (other than cheating with chemicals of course ;))

Do you use a net (like in post #14) and try to back them in?

Here is a pistol shrimp I caught back during the summer:
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/IMG_20150101_154641257_zps0epqzcbv.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/IMG_20150101_154641257_zps0epqzcbv.jpg.html)

http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/IMG_20140714_194028_483_zpshdowryix.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/IMG_20140714_194028_483_zpshdowryix.jpg.html)
baby mangrove snapper

i had a baby mangrove snapper. 4 months lator its not so much of a baby anymore and will eat fish half its size.

sam.basye
02/15/2015, 08:29 PM
i had a baby mangrove snapper. 4 months lator its not so much of a baby anymore and will eat fish half its size.

Did you eat it? lol

Something got both of mine a few days after introducing to the tank so they were short lived.. blaming it on Snappy, my pistol shrimp.

r-balljunkie
02/15/2015, 08:44 PM
Very cool!

What are the different techniques and tools used to catch one's own fish? (other than cheating with chemicals of course ;))

Do you use a net (like in post #14) and try to back them in?



http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2431479&highlight=collecting

sam.basye
02/16/2015, 10:49 PM
Great link, led me in the right direction to all different videos and sites.
Looks like I might be going to south Florida for part of spring break and can't wait to try my luck at collecting - I'm gonna be baggin' em left and right! Haha I'd be happy with one nice catch for a first time out. Gotta get a net and the like first though.

Slummies
02/18/2015, 03:17 AM
Hows this little Cleaner Wrasse i caught yesterday? I was really hoping to find one this size! Took me to breathes to catch him at about 4m deep and they are super easy to catch, thats if you dont spook them.
http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a628/Bruce_Viaene/cleaner_zpsdfc158df.jpg (http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/Bruce_Viaene/media/cleaner_zpsdfc158df.jpg.html)

r-balljunkie
02/18/2015, 03:31 AM
Hows this little Cleaner Wrasse i caught yesterday? I was really hoping to find one this size! Took me to breathes to catch him at about 4m deep and they are super easy to catch, thats if you dont spook them.


Umm, they're cleaner fish...they come right up to you :)

contrary to popular belief, pretty easy to keep and readily eat flake foods.
good luck keeping em.

rigo07
02/18/2015, 03:45 AM
That's so cool that's what I want to do goo and catch some fish for my tank..

sam.basye
02/18/2015, 10:28 AM
Nice catch, spill the secret to getting them to swim into your net. Do you tell it you haven't washed the net in a week and it swims right in to clean it?? Lol

sam.basye
02/18/2015, 08:44 PM
Does anyone have a link to where one could find a barrier net (collection, gill, lead-flag) for sale or a supplier that sells 1/2" stretch mono netting? Like the one in this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWy3I2MUUzM

Example:
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/collectnet_zps3achcnoc.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/collectnet_zps3achcnoc.jpg.html)

I have searched high and low and cant find any reasonable sized nets (less than 30m). All seem to be for commercial use and none smaller than 1 1/2" stretch.

Also looking for a hand net of the same material. 9x12ish with a metal or plastic handle. Prices seem to be $40+ Is this about right price-wise?

Example:
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/4315-DEFAULT-l_zps98ri1ttf.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/4315-DEFAULT-l_zps98ri1ttf.jpg.html)

r-balljunkie
02/18/2015, 09:35 PM
Does anyone have a link to where one could find a barrier net (collection, gill, lead-flag) for sale or a supplier that sells 1/2" stretch mono netting?


you make your own :)

two fiberglass poles for the ends, floats on top, weights on bottom.

You don't want 1/2" stretch. A lot of fish will swim right thru especially wrasses. you want 1/4" non stretch, which is darn hard to fine.




Also looking for a hand net of the same material. 9x12ish with a metal or plastic handle. Prices seem to be $40+ Is this about right price-wise?

Example:
http://i845.photobucket.com/albums/ab11/sambasye/4315-DEFAULT-l_zps98ri1ttf.jpg (http://s845.photobucket.com/user/sambasye/media/4315-DEFAULT-l_zps98ri1ttf.jpg.html)




You make your own :)

The nets you linked to may be fine, but they will be a slow as molasses cutting thru the water. A longer handle is better. Most fish wont let you get within arms distance, better to have some space between you, or they'll dart into a hole and wait you out.

have fun

beaker99
02/19/2015, 08:14 AM
I used to catch all the fish in my tanks as well. Some of them where, french angels, butterfly fish, high hats, squirrel fish, pork fish, damsels, hog fish, and wrasps to name a few. I also picked up all kinds of inverts. I think the most interesting one was the sea cucumber because it would eat all kinds of debris. I once saw the cucumber eat the schedded carapace of a crab that was molting.
Unfortunately I no long dive in the local inlet because the water has become too polluted, and the scorpion fish are decimating the reef.
I used one of those clear diver catch net for all my catches. I tried a slurp gun, but found it totally ineffective.

sam.basye
02/19/2015, 08:46 AM
+1 slurpguns are useless unless the fish is slow and tiny.

Slummies
02/20/2015, 01:47 AM
Umm, they're cleaner fish...they come right up to you :)

contrary to popular belief, pretty easy to keep and readily eat flake foods.
good luck keeping em.

Close enough.. the dance around instead of swimming. easiest fish to catch!
Yeah, 2 days in and he was eating flake. He looks absolutely stunning - i think our variety in South Africa are a lot darker than imports. he is pitch black.

Nice catch, spill the secret to getting them to swim into your net. Do you tell it you haven't washed the net in a week and it swims right in to clean it?? Lol

Patience and trickery, but all depends on the fish. Surgeons i chase and chase until they get tired and make a mistake. Angels, flies etc hide in the rock work! but i should try not cleaning my net :P hahaha

Saltliquid
02/25/2015, 04:01 AM
All species have their way of alluding you. All are easy, unless they have been chased before by not so good collectors. Chaetodontoplus angel fish are the worst like personifers and conspics, they take off and make sure they swim top towards you to be as thin as possible as they go. Tangs are easiest, you come from above with them. Of course juv blue tangs are in coral, thats another story.

ackee
03/17/2015, 11:23 AM
I've collected most of my fish and invertebrates for several decades. I've been collecting and maintaining marine fish since the 1960s, when I was a kid.

I've collected in Florida and the Caribbean, but since 9/11 air travel with live fishes is difficult. it can be done, though. On my public profile album page are pictures of a fish I brought back from the Caribbean 6 years ago. I still have this Spotted Drum, now full grown at about 11 inches long.

Most of the fish I catch are Gulf Stream tropical strays, juveniles swept up the east coast from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. There are a couple of these fish on my public profile page. These tropical strays are very common in NJ waters in late summer. Small butterflyfishes, cowfish, spiny boxfish, baby groupers, Lookdowns, and damsels are the most common, but we also get tangs, Bigeyes, angelfish, and a few rarities.

I use a hand net I make myself, essentially a 15 inch long 6 inch diameter flexible vinyl tube, attached to a metal hoop with a short handle and a screen bottom. These can also be purchased, and are much better than the monofilament landing nets, which tend to damage some fish and can only be used in a scooping method, something difficult to do around structure like thick corals.

The vinyl nets I use are not designed to scoop fish. You position the net in a way that allows you to chase the fish into it, and you then quickly bend it closed. This is much more effective, especially for reef fishes, which tend to hide in crevices and holes.

Collecting my own fish is a more significant part of my hobby than keeping them. The Gulf Stream strays all die when local waters get cold in the fall. Most of what I catch I give to friends.