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Betta132
02/06/2015, 12:48 PM
I'm currently on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, and as you can imagine, I've been snorkeling a few times. Yesterday we went to a wildlife park where someone stacked rocks into two walls to separate off a couple sections of shallow water. The larger section is about 40-50 feet across, about 7' deep in the deepest part, and home to about a couple dozen species of fish. Pretty cool. Among other things, I found a little cowfish of some type- bit of a surprise, especially considering that he was puttering around in one of the more turbulent sections. Turns out they can actually swim pretty fast when they want to get away from you.
I brought a little thing with me, intending to use it if something like a big goby was hiding in a hole. It's a piece of fishing line, about 3' long, with a little fake grub on one end and a bit of a keychain chain a few inches from that as an improvised weight. I figured I could dangle it in front of random holes and see what came out. Apparently not much was interested enough to come out with me there.
After a bit, I spotted a stripebelly puffer, a nice big one probably about 15" long.
http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/crazybonegirl/2013-11-17%2005.26.57_zpspzoufuoa.jpg (http://s1055.photobucket.com/user/crazybonegirl/media/2013-11-17%2005.26.57_zpspzoufuoa.jpg.html)
He was down on the bottom and swimming away from me, but I wanted a better look at him, so I dangled the lure near him to see what would happen. He wasn't interested in the fake grub, but he followed the shiny around and bit the weight a couple of times.
http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/crazybonegirl/2013-11-17%2005.27.26_zpsjvawgpop.jpg (http://s1055.photobucket.com/user/crazybonegirl/media/2013-11-17%2005.27.26_zpsjvawgpop.jpg.html)
Didn't get any bites from the other fish, but I did have a few fish come up close to get a look at the shiny thing in the water.
http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/crazybonegirl/2013-11-17%2005.27.28_zpsknsxxaw3.jpg (http://s1055.photobucket.com/user/crazybonegirl/media/2013-11-17%2005.27.28_zpsknsxxaw3.jpg.html)
Greenish things are saddle wrasses. There were quite a few, all fairly large, and they weren't shy in the slightest. Didn't need bait for them, they just came up and looked at me. The guy above the puffer is a large damsel of some variety. I think it might be a blackspot sergeant. Those were shy, but this one decided to come out and look at the bait for me. The guy at the bottom of of this picture is an Australian Stripey, I believe. Only saw about 3 of these, and only when I used the bait to get them out from among the rocks. They were a little bit shy.
http://i1055.photobucket.com/albums/s515/crazybonegirl/2013-11-17%2005.27.41_zpshmzpqsk2.jpg (http://s1055.photobucket.com/user/crazybonegirl/media/2013-11-17%2005.27.41_zpshmzpqsk2.jpg.html)
Another stripey, a curious goatfish, and what I think may have been a baby blacktail snapper. I'm not certain. I saw a couple of those.

In short, take shiny bait if you go diving in a place with no barracuda. It makes curious stuff come out to see what's going on. Definitely don't do this with barracuda, they might remove something.

Do those photos look red to anybody else? Photobucket might be really confused. Those are blue-and-white gloves.

Pastey
02/06/2015, 01:19 PM
Yea, the pictures came out really red. You may have accidentally added some crazy filter on Photobucket or something.

My wife and I are heading to Hawaii at the end of next month and spending half our time in Kauai'i! Have a great trip!

billsreef
02/07/2015, 10:54 AM
Gloves look blue and white to me.

There is a reason they make lures with shinny metal ;)

woodnaquanut
02/07/2015, 01:52 PM
Yea, the pictures came out really red. You may have accidentally added some crazy filter on Photobucket or something.


Weird. I looked at these pics yesterday and they were red. Now they look normal!

OP, did you change anything?

Betta132
02/08/2015, 03:28 AM
I did nothing to them. Apparently Photobucket was confused but managed to figure things out? They look fine to me as well.
Pufferfish are very serious about inspecting shiny things. Definitely something to remember when looking for puffies.
Do the fish mistake the shiny thing for a little fish, or do they just want to taste it and see what the odd-looking thing is? Most of them lost interest after a quick look, so I think it's probably the former.

billsreef
02/08/2015, 07:15 AM
Tasty bait fish like silversides, anchovies, etc. are quite silvery ;)

snorvich
02/08/2015, 04:37 PM
Gloves look blue and white to me.

There is a reason they make lures with shinny metal ;)

Snorkeling (or diving) with jewelry will have a similar effect.

billdogg
02/12/2015, 12:47 PM
I have always enjoyed using the face of my computer or dive watch to bring the fish in closer. My wife didn't take my advice to remove her gold necklace and pendant the first time we were diving. After an up close and personal with a small school of barracudas she has since re-thunk her position on that.

Pastey
02/12/2015, 01:02 PM
I remember my first encounter with a full grown barracuda. I remember thinking, "Oh crap, I hope I nothing shiny on!" Very frightening when you're about 12 years old.

Betta132
02/13/2015, 09:38 PM
I figured I'd either drop the lure (and get it back later) or hide the shiny part in my hand if I saw a barracuda. Probably the former if it spotted me. "a big fish attacked my hand because I had a shiny thing" is a stupid thing to have to tell the ER doctor.

tkeracer619
02/20/2015, 11:15 AM
I remember my first encounter with a full grown barracuda. I remember thinking, "Oh crap, I hope I nothing shiny on!" Very frightening when you're about 12 years old.

I've had a couple now. Last one was kinda frightening for a 34 year old :lol:

Somehow he got between me and the shore... you know, where I wanted to go :uhoh3:

Pastey
02/20/2015, 11:19 AM
It's those menacing teeth and then you don't realize how close things really are to you in the water until they're almost on top of you.