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    December 30, 2016

    Year End Post And Updates

    I have to say, this year sucked for me and SCUBA diving.

    I didn’t get into the water until July because of the weather and conditions, one of our main diving characters – Dennis Gunn – died in February, another has developed health problems, the opening night lobster boat was cancelled because the Captain broke his back and by the end of this year, I have logged seven dives.

    Seven dives – that is my total for the year and an all time record low.

    A big part of my diving problem after lobster season began was that New England Divers was in the process of moving and I was not able to fill my high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the 1980s.

    Even though my tanks pass visual inspection and hydro, both Pacific Wilderness and Dive N Surf told me to never bring my tanks back in their shop again.

    Of course, Sports Chalet and Sea D Sea told me the same thing and both are out of business.

    As a matter of fact, I had to rent tanks when I went on my last lobster boat.

    And that reminds me, I caught only one lobster this year, too – which is still more lobsters than 2015, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    I have also put a deposit down on one of the most insane SCUBA diving trips by rational standards.

    This trip isn’t until July of 2017, but if you thought my diving trip to Albania was crazy, this next trip may just top it.

    Also in the news, Fukushima radiation has been detected on U.S. West Coast.

    Now, I don’t even go through the porno-scanners at the airport, opting for the metal detectors or a gate massage, so I will have to buy and bring a Geiger Counter and check radiation levels along with other diving conditions before I go in.

    Sorry for being a stranger, but I wish everyone a great and prosperous 2017 – unless you’re a terrorist or a Communist.

    One thing is for sure – 2017 will be a very interesting year.

    November 19, 2016

    Finally! A Lobster Boat and a Lobster Dive!

    November 18, 2016

    Sorry for slacking lately!

    I’ve had some issues other than diving to take care of, and since this blog is only a small tax write off, I am forced to keep my regular job as a full time peon.

    Chipper told me about a lobster boat that Nice Bob was chartering and said, “Since Donna The Hot Biker Chick can’t go, we decided to invite you.”

    This time, I actually had the money, or at least enough room on my credit card.

    The boat was the six pack diving boat “The Island Diver” that I have been on many times before; Dive N Surf brought the boat from Rocky Point a few years ago.

    Getting Ready

    We were all geared up and off by 6:10 PM.

    Getting Ready

    The diving crew consisted of The Other Jeff, Nice Bob, Reverend Al, some guy named Joe, Chipper and myself; the DM and Captain made it complete.

    We thought we would try no deeper than 50 feet, so we headed to a secret location off of Palos Verdes picked by the Captain.

    Lobster Cam
    I was the first one off, carrying my new invention – The Lobster Cam!

    Logged SCUBA Dive #503

    Solo Diving

    SECRET LOCATION: 43 61 70 74 61 69 6e 20 6e 61 6d 65 64 20 73 75 72 66 20 73 70 6f 74 20 73 6b 69 20 6a 75 6d 70, Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 43 feet
    Waves: Surface was flat, some surge at the bottom
    Visibility: 10-15 feet with some silt
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 66 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 36 minutes

    I descended and dropped on sand and started to swim towards shore.

    All I saw was sand; I asked myself, “Why the hell did we come here?”

    There was no structure here at all and I was a little pissed.

    I ended up finding a small reef, but it was barren of even short lobsters.

    I surfaced to get my bearings and discovered I was right next to the boat – I had been going around in circles.

    I submerged again and headed towards the shore.

    Visibility was patchy as there was some surge.

    Lobster Cam footage

    I started to see short lobsters and then was able to pin an obvious legal one – until I measured it; yeah, it was short.

    When I got down to 700 psi, I spotted a large lobster; without hesitation, I swam over and pinned it, just as my leg started to cramp.

    I am macho, so I easily ignored the pain.

    It was like grabbing a beer can!

    I put it directly in my bag, surfaced and swam to the boat.

    I was the first one back; we remeasured the lobster using the Captain’s lobster gauge and it was short.

    It was the girth of a beer can, how the fuck could it be short?

    I was just about to throw it back, when I remeasured with my gauge – it was way legal!

    We were accidentally using the “Crab” gauge side, and not the lobster side – Phew!

    Other divers made it back with either one or two lobsters, except for one exception.

    Me with my lobster
    Me with my lobster.

    The other Jeff and his lobster
    The Other Jeff caught the biggest one.

    We decided to move the boat to a “better spot” to be picked by Nice Bob and the Other Jeff.

    Lobster Cam Footage is here:

    Lobster CAM

    Stay tuned for a report of our second lobster dive!

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