Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by RoxnDox » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:37 pm

dphershman wrote:
Scubie Doo wrote:Great find. I saw a huge yellow one there about 6 years ago :)

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I wonder why they live down there? doesn't seem to be much in the way of food, but clearly they are doing well.


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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Scubie Doo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:31 pm

Cmjstealth wrote:Jealous of your pictures. Every one of my lumpsucker encounters involve uncooperative fish in murky and partially obscured locations.

How do you get them to pose and face the camera so nicely? Are there special lumpsucker treats I'm not aware of? :-)


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I believe the bigger the lumpy the more cooperative they are as well.


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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Cmjstealth » Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:19 am

Jealous of your pictures. Every one of my lumpsucker encounters involve uncooperative fish in murky and partially obscured locations.

How do you get them to pose and face the camera so nicely? Are there special lumpsucker treats I'm not aware of? :-)

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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by dphershman » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:06 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:Great find. I saw a huge yellow one there about 6 years ago :)

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I wonder why they live down there? doesn't seem to be much in the way of food, but clearly they are doing well.
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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by dphershman » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:04 pm

Scubie Doo wrote:Dan,

I’m curious. Was yours at the top of the wall?

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No, it was down at the lower shelves, at 65 feet.
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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by ScubaJess » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:19 am

That's so cool! I found a nice huge red one at 66 feet at Fox Island West Wall last year. It's always so exciting to see Lumpies in unexpected locations. :)
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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Scubie Doo » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:37 pm

Dan,

I’m curious. Was yours at the top of the wall?

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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Scubak » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:24 am

Wow Dan! That is a great find and a large one!!!
Great pics and thanks for sharing!
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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Scubie Doo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:43 pm

Great find. I saw a huge yellow one there about 6 years ago :)

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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by Gdog » Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:52 pm

Awesome! Ive never seen lumpies there either

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Re: Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by fmerkel » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:04 pm

Super picture. I've seen them occasionally at Day Is. but never heard of one on Fox Is. E.
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Lumpsucker on Fox Island East Wall

Post by dphershman » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:48 am

Yesterday my buddy Mark Nayer and I got up early to hit the slack at Fox Island East Wall. We don't dive this spot very often as the currents have to be favorable and there's always the 'climb of death' getting back to the parking lot at the end.

The walls here are a crumbly gravel much like those along Day Island but with a bit less clay. We began with a cruise along the main wall at about 40 feet, then when we hit the end we dropped down to the ledges below at about 65-70 feet.

To our surprise we spotted a huge Lumpsucker (bigger than a golf ball) clinging to the side of the ledges at about 65 feet. I'm used to seeing these guys in the eel grass at Redondo and other places, so finding one here was quite a surprise. Clearly this fellow was pretty adept at holding on to that wall, as the the currents really cook along here.

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