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Snorkeling Areas To Collect?

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Brian   

What are some good areas to snorkel and possibly collect a few safe animals and algae? I'm be around Navarre, Panama City, and Destin. Can you guys help me out?

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What are some good areas to snorkel and possibly collect a few safe animals and algae? I'm be around Navarre, Panama City, and Destin. Can you guys help me out?

In Destin, you can snorkel near the east jetty on the smaller jetty called the finger jetty. It holds tropicals and cool inverts and there is always the grass flats near the Coast Guard station, I've seen plenty of awesome specimens at those two places while looking for stone crab claws.

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I can't figure out how to GET to the eastside jetty. It drives me crazy. I'm tempted to park on the Coastguard side and swim across the pass. LOL!

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PCFisher   

Turn at the light by Target, drive almost to the end of the road, there is a shower next to the road that marks the path to get to the jetty.

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AFMattH   

There are are usually tons of tiny grass shrimp along the sides of the sound. I see them launching my kayak but haven't been fishing in a month.

If you want to ever get together I am an avid collector of the gulf and have found and caught tons of things from "red emerald" or ruby crabs to blueheaded wrasse and even a juvenile rock hind! I have learned most of what to stay away from and would be able to help identify whatever you can catch. I scuba and snorkel and know exactly where to park to get to the east jetty.

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kbass   

AFMattH - When the weather gets warmer. I would enjoy getting together for some collecting. Sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe we could get a group together.

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Ahh another person who knows the secret entrance to the east jetty. I swear they designed that easement so no one could find it on accident. Maybe in the summer once everything moves in we can base a meeting around collection and snorkeling. Personally there are very few things in our area that I would was to put in my tank but I have seen some things out there. We got some really nice feather duster worms out there one time. And if you like damsels we got loads of those. Most everything I can remember seeing here would be considered aggressive. It has been years since I have been out there though.

Richard

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AFMattH   

I agree with lobstergrabber, most fish from here are highly territorial. Even the beautiful blennies will rip the flesh right off your LPS without a second thought. I know a lot of people like the jetties but I preffer to go out to the navarre and portifino reefs. If you have a careful eye and some patience you can find tons of cool stuff out there. Sadly a very common mistake is that people catch these beautiful little damselfish that they think are beugregory damsels but are in fact cocoa damsels and the cocoa damsels get very big and ugly and mean. Once spring rolls around and the water is still much to cold to skin dive you can go out to the navarre and portifino reefs and round up peppermint shrimp by the dozens. Though you can only take 5 at a time. It's really fun and challenging to find fish and critters that can fit into adapt and become a permanent part of your tank.

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MrsC   

Hi, we are new here and would like to find out more about collecting in the area. We would be interested in getting together with the group to collect too.

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AFMattH   

Hello and welcome! I would be more than happy to meet up some time, currently we just need to wait for the weather to warm up and then I know I will be getting out there early in my wetsuit to try and snag some peppermint shrimp before they get eaten up by the snapper as they move into more shallow water. If you stick around for another month I should be able to arrange a get together and take some people out!

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Fred   

I'm new to this forum but I would be very interested in a good collecting dive as I'm not sure of the best ways to do that without a speargun lol

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