Where to Hunt Lionfish in Virginia
Are you trying to figure out where to hunt lionfish in Virginia? That is both easy and difficult because there is so much coastline in Virginia. You’d think that they are so invasive they are virtually everywhere and they are. Having said that, you still need to figure out where to hunt the lionfish.
Where to Hunt Lionfish Challenges
There are many challenges when it comes to figuring out where to hunt lionfish. If you go to an area where you have never been you have to go through the process of diving and surveying the area and that takes up valuable time and money. It’s not always cheap to hunt these creatures. Boat costs, fuel cost, trailering it around, registration, insurance, equipment, and other things that make it costly. Your time trying to find the locations can also be costly. Spend an entire day going all over the place looking for lionfish and you could very well come home empty-handed.
If you live in the area and find the best place to hunt lionfish then you are keeping notes and GPS locations so you can spend your time and energy more efficiently. Hopefully, over time you can control the rate of population for your areas to give the reef fish a fighting chance. Unfortunately, if you take a few months off, the lionfish will be back in great force.
Best Place to Hunt Lionfish in Virginia?
We could give you specific locations for the best lionfish hunting but what does that mean? Some of the best locations for the biggest and most abundant lionfish population are at depths of 200 feet and deeper. What good is that? Lionfish have been found at depths of 1,000 feet. At that point, knowing it’s the best place to hunt lionfish is basically useless. Likewise, knowing the GPS of a hot location is great unless (fortunately) it has been dived so often there are no more lionfish at that location. Finding the best place to hunt lionfish is a never-ending moving target.
So if you’re looking for the “best place” to hunt lionfish in Virginia we have some recommendations for you. Research the local dive shops in the area where you plan to go. They usually have a great handle on the best place to hunt lionfish in their area. They also know the latest issues if any about diving in those areas like water clarity, depths, obstacles, local ordinances if any, etc.
They also know a lot about the local diver clubs. These clubs know the best place to hunt lionfish because they regularly go out and work to control the lionfish population. They have years of research, locations, challenges, tips and so much more. Reach out to them and see if they are doing any coordinated dives while you are planning on being in town. Maybe some of their members would like to join you and your crew. Keep these connections and share your information for your area with them as well. Anything that encourages more dives to help fight against the lionfish invasion is a great thing.
Let Lionfish Central Help
Partner with us! Lionfish Central is a nonprofit that helps any and all efforts when it comes to controlling the overpopulation of this invasive species. If you are having a difficult time finding the best place to hunt lionfish in Virginia let us know. We can reach out to dive shops and dive clubs for you.
We can also connect you with our partner travel agent that helps divers get great flights, places to stay, rental cars and more. We want to encourage people from all over the world to come to Virginia and hunt lionfish. Let us know if you have connections for your area such as dive shops and dive clubs that are doing great things with the lionfish. We would like to market them for free and encourage more people to go to your area and join the fight.
If we can help you in any way, let us know by clicking here. Let us give you some free marketing, advertise your lionfish efforts or anything else we can all work together to help control the invasive lionfish.
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