night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Pmcduff » Wed, 30 Dec 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>On two occasions I have experienced tarpon using the light of my dive light
>to
>catch fish.  Once in Bonair and once off Belize.  The tarpon would swim by my
>side and watch the beam of my light. When it saw a fish it darted and grabbed
>it. It would then swim back to my side and continue the hunt.  On the Belize
>trip the tarpon would nudge me if I turned out the light.  Has anyone had a
>similar experience?

Yep. Have fed a pair of resident tarpons just off the pier or whatever you want
to call it at Capt. Don's Habitat in Bonaire on night dives many times. It's
really a site. Shine your lite on a poor little fish, and it gone in literally
a flash. Those suckers can really move, can't they.

Pat

 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Raymond Ksiaza » Wed, 30 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Those tarpon are becoming famous in Bonaire.  They can be found almost every
night in the area of Capt'n Don's, past Buddy Beach, and The Sand Dollar
Resort.  We also had a large snook doing the same thing.

 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Quo48f » Wed, 30 Dec 1998 04:00:00

I had this happen with a soapfish on Bonaire. It followed us for the entire
night dive, and any time we shone our lights on a c***head it would look
around for small crabs and shrimp.Since I like to watch these crustaceons, the
fish got to be a pain after a while, but it would not be discouraged.

 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Jason O'Rour » Wed, 30 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>catch fish.  Once in Bonair and once off Belize.  The tarpon would swim by my
>side and watch the beam of my light. When it saw a fish it darted and grabbed
>it. It would then swim back to my side and continue the hunt.  On the Belize
>trip the tarpon would nudge me if I turned out the light.  Has anyone had a
>similar experience?

I sadly have not, but it is a frequent occurrence in Monterey with sea
lions (probably anywhere with them, actually).   It's a bit more exciting,
however, as visibility on night dives tends to be just as low as our day
dives and so you may just see that fish disappear suddenly as something
large flies by.  
--

'96 BMW r850R    
last dive: December 12th, Monastery Beach.  55 mins at 89ft max.
 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by NE333 » Sun, 03 Jan 1999 04:00:00

I had a similar experience in the Keys. The big difference is that I never saw
the tarpon until they (there were two) flashed in to grab the bait and then
flashed back out. This went on for over an hour.
 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Bck » Sun, 03 Jan 1999 04:00:00

We had the same experience in Bonaire last summer, except we could see the two
large tarpon "hanging" over our shoulders until our lights picked up their
dinner.  My wife felt bad that she was serving up the little critters.
 
 
 

night diving, tarpon feeding by dive light

Post by Le Bel » Mon, 04 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>We had the same experience in Bonaire last summer, except we could see the
>two
>large tarpon "hanging" over our shoulders until our lights picked up their
>dinner.  My wife felt bad that she was serving up the little critters.

      There was a tarpon that used to do this at the former Sunset Beach Hotel.
 It was great, although it took us a bit by surprise the first time he swung
into action!  I hope that hotel re-opens--I loved it!