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    January 27, 2007

    Logged Dive #222 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Lobster hunting off the “Island Diver” boat with the Divevets Group

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 68 69 6c 6c 20 6f 66 20 67 72 65 65 6e 20 74 72 65 65 73 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 77 72 65 63 6b 20 6e 61 6d 65 64 20 22 74 68 65 20 6c 61 6e 64 69 6e 67 20 63 72 61 66 74 2e 22

    So Cal Buddy diving with Roland B./night diving

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1300 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Light chop
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: About 55 degrees Fahrenheit, I think.
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    After an hour surface interval, it was back in the water again to look for more lobsters.

    I was the second overboard, Tony was the first.

    I asked which direction I should go and was told, “just jump overboard,” and did just that.

    I believe I went East and trolled over large hills of sand at 50 feet.

    Dead kelp at the bottom fooled me for lobster… and then I came across a lobster and pinned it!

    I measured it quickly and bagged it.

    I kept wondering why the hell anyone would call this place what it’s called.

    It’s named for a sunken landmark.

    I surfaced, went back underneath the boat, and did large circles trolling for more lobsters.

    I figured 30 minutes would be a safe dive.

    I trolled and trolled and figured that all I could come back with is one lobster – and quite an expensive one at that.

    I surfaced close to the boat, but remeasured my lobster before making my way back.

    It must have shrunk in the air; it was slightly short.

    I asked why this place was named for a wreck that wasn’t there.

    Apparently, there is a sunken craft there, I just didn’t run across it.

    Someone asked, “Who was your buddy?”

    I said, “Roland.”

    He said, “Well, Roland was there, so either you didn’t stay together or you saw it.”

    Divers party on the Island Diver

    The dives are over, now comes the debriefing!

    Divers on the Island Diver

    Sitting near the Captain breaks the wind.
    Sitting near the Captain breaks the wind.

    After the Captain threw us off the ship when it docked, the debriefing continued in the parking lot.

    After the Captain threw us off the ship when it docked, the debriefing continued in the parking lot.

    A group shot, I’m to the far right looking as macho as ever.

    Another group shot, I’m to the far right looking as macho as ever.

    Logged Dive #221 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Lobster hunting off the “Island Diver” boat with the Divevets Group

    Secret Location: 4a 75 73 74 20 6f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 6f 75 6e 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 2c 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 61 72 6d 20 74 68 61 74 20 67 72 6f 77 73 20 6f 6e 6c 79 20 70 69 70 65 73 2e

    So Cal Buddy diving with Roland B./night diving

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 300 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet (briefly)
    Waves: Light chop
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: About 55 degrees Fahrenheit I would say
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    It was raining slightly.

    I finally met Roland B., one of the founders of Divevets.

    “Ax” and “Steph” were there, so were Dominic, Tony, Jimmy The Bags Man and someone else.

    Dominic caught me putting my BC on the tank upside down.

    Ooops!

    Some of these divers had never seen me before.

    The boat left at 8 PM or so.

    I explained to Roland how crappy of a buddy I am when it comes to lobster hunting.

    Roland said, “Me too” and buddied with me as “same day, same ocean.”

    I was the first off the boat, maybe second.

    I went down the anchor line and to the South East – and trolled and trolled.

    At about 95 feet, I spotted what was left of some metal pill box with part of the lid collapsed.

    Under it was two hopefully legal lobsters.

    I lifted the lid, up came silt and a crab that jumped on the lobster – for whatever reason.

    How heroic!

    They retreated.

    I couldn’t grab them; I have a phobia of grabbing for things in confined places because of eels and such.

    I kept trolling, but was running low on air after 30 minutes.

    A seal or sea lion buzzed me for a few minutes.

    I surfaced very slowly doing a safety stop for about a minute at 20 feet or so.

    I surfaced about 70 yards from the boat and swam back without incident.

    Out of eight divers, two legal lobsters were caught.

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