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- Aug 12, 2012
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- SW Florida
For collecting in the estuary sea grasses where it's really shallow, I use a 2' wide but 6" narrow pool cleaning net. It also has a plastic edge that sticks out like a 'scrapper' and protects the net at the front edge.Thanks Ron!
I had a blast out there and am so happy with my catch.
I did a kinda fun thing to attract fish. I picked up a couple clam shells and started clicking them together. It attracted some small grunts and larger snappers. They were just watching so intently and checking out what the sound was. Also following me to see what I stirred up in the grass bed.
I think next time I'm gonna wear gloves though. I was afraid every time I sunk my fingers into the sand to get one off the macroalgae that I was gonna get stung by a bristle worm or something.
My goal is to catch a mini seahorse or two. Where do they usually hang out?
When we go snorkeling and I collect, I always wear gloves. But not so concerned about fire worms in the grasses, but when I pick up rocks, bigger chunks of dead coral or especially dead queen conch shells, I find my share of big fire worms. I wonder if anybody would keep one of them? Maybe in a refugium? Or a predator tank? They are cool looking, just like prickly pear cactus plants!
We've found almost all of the dwarf sea horses in waist deep to chest deep water by dragging the net through grass beds. Usually in somewhat more protected areas like small bays. And always near (within a half mile) of an estuary.
I'd love to see on a google earth map, were you were. And if you ever want to drive over to this side of the state and work Bunche Beach, I'd be happy to meat up with you and show you where we play.
I've started using a casting net to catch small bait fish I can chop up and feed to my RFAs. There is a spot at Bunch Beach that always has lots and lots of bait fish... as long as it's not a super low tide. In that case there is VERY shallow water in front of the mangroves and less small fish. I think they move back into the mangrove estuary.