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Old 01/09/2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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How can I catch a damsel?

So I am trying to hook a yellowtail damsel on a hook.
It is very small hook and I am using pieces of live grass shrimp. The damsel just picks at the bait until it pulls it off the hook.

I'm doing this method because I DO NOT want to, under any circumstances, want to take the rock out!!!!


Oh and just to add more fun to the mix, I have 2 other fish in the tank that want to attack the bait as well! My midas blenny is the worst at trying to take the hook! If only I had to catch this fish and not the other, this would have already been over!!!!!



Does anyone have any suggestions on how to catch this damn fish?
Different bait?
Different method?



ANYONE?


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Old 01/09/2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I suggest a different method. Use a fish trap. Works everytime if you do it right. Do a search and you will find many threads.


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Old 01/09/2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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I got just what you need.

Water bottle and fishing line trick (see web site below). Tie fishing line to one of the hole punched holes in order to pull the trap up to the top of the tank before the fish can escape. I found out that I needed to make the hole large enough for all the fish to go into it. My domino damsil was smart. But once he seen my y tang going in and out snacking on the freeze dried shrimp. Curiousity got to the best of him. he went and I pull the line until the bottle came right to the top.

You can use a small bottle if needed. Use a spring water bottle only. No chemicals in the bottle to worry about.

http://www.floridadriftwood.com/fish_trap.htm

Worked for me catching all of my 3 damsils. I even caught my other fish also that I didn't want to. They were going in the trap also.


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Old 01/09/2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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dood that awesome, catch on a hook lolz


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Old 01/09/2008, 06:40 PM   #5
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Open the space above your tank(move the lights and stuff)
Put some floating food in the tank. have a big net just above the water. NOT IN THE WATER. When the fish comes up to eat, net it. Done it a bunch of times. It works.


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Old 01/09/2008, 06:59 PM   #6
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I caught mine with a fish trap. It works pretty well after not feeding for a day.


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Old 01/09/2008, 07:28 PM   #7
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I use a Ultralife Fish Trap - 4 inch x 9 inch that I got from Foster Smith.
I put it on the outside of the tank first for a couple days, then put it in the tank. This way the fish get used to seeing it. After about 3 days, I take the cap off the one end that has a small hole and put in pellets. They go in and out of the trap to eat and think it's a feeding trough.
So, whenever I need to catch some chromis, I use this and take them out and put them in my QT tank to keep it cycled. The little goofs love to see me put that thing in the tank now
You may want to try your local reef club here in RC to see if anyone has the trap available for you to borrow.


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Old 01/09/2008, 07:28 PM   #8
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I just use my 9mm.


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Old 01/09/2008, 07:39 PM   #9
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Is it me or is this posted every night?

I don't know how, but apparently there are many others trying



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Old 01/09/2008, 09:25 PM   #11
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Thank you- this helps!


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