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    October 31, 2007

    Logged Dive #260 – Lobster Hunting With The Divevets

    Secret Location: 54 6f 20 74 68 65 20 72 69 67 68 74 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 70 69 70 65 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 20 6f 66 20 4d 61 72 20 61 74 20 74 68 65 20 62 61 73 65 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 68 69 6c 6c 20 6f 66 20 47 72 65 65 6e 20 54 72 65 65 73 3b 20 61 6e 63 68 6f 72 65 64 20 69 6e 20 33 35 20 66 65 65 74 2e

    Night Diving, Solo Diving – So Cal Buddy Diving with the Divevets off of the Island Diver boat

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Minor chop
    Visibility: 15-20 feet
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    We thought the bugs would be shallower than where we had been.

    Captain Alec moved the boat to a spot closer to shore.

    I was the first one over board; I submerged to 35 feet and headed towards shore.

    I caught three shorts heading to 15 feet.

    It got pretty silty and surgy, so I headed back towards the boat.

    I had a big problem with getting stuck in the kelp and almost had my regulator ripped out of my mouth after getting caught.

    I brought one lobster to the surface, but it was a tad short and I threw it back.

    I searched and search; I came across a fairly large lobster, but missed grabbing it.

    Getting low on air, I surfaced.

    I had to bitch crawl over mounds of kelp while making my way back to the boat.

    I caught one lobster for the night, Bob and Dan I think each limited.

    The rest of the divers caught two, three and four.

    Captain Alec pointed out that my light was not very bright; I need to get fresh batteries.

    We debriefed on the way back and in the parking lot of King’s Harbor.

    Next to the Island Diver is a huge boat where the rich owner put a surveillance system up to watch us drink beer.

    The guy must be bored to watch us.

    I told Dan and Bob my story of how I got the nickname “Psycho Solo Diver.”

    It bored Dan so much that he left.

    Bob gave me a lesson on how to de-ass the lobster tails.

    As Dan put it, “Bob is the ass expert.”

    As it turns out, I had been using the wrong end of the antennae.

    Logged Dive #259 – Lobster Hunting With The Divevets

    Secret Location: 54 6f 20 74 68 65 20 6c 65 66 74 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 70 69 70 65 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 67 61 74 65 20 6f 66 20 4d 61 72 20 61 74 20 74 68 65 20 62 61 73 65 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 68 69 6c 6c 20 6f 66 20 47 72 65 65 6e 20 54 72 65 65 73 3b 20 61 6e 63 68 6f 72 65 64 20 69 6e 20 35 30 20 66 65 65 74 2e

    Night Diving, Solo Diving – So Cal Buddy Diving with the Divevets off of the Island Diver boat

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Minor chop
    Visibility: 15-20 feet
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes
    Lobsters caught: 1

    Now’s the time to go on the Island Diver with the Divevets and check out their hunting spots.

    The boat was filled with seven divers and Captain Alec.

    We took the short trip over to their secret spot and dropped anchor in about 50 feet.

    The divers marveled at my combination of ancient, old and cheap equipment.

    Bob told me, “If this stuff falls apart underwater, it’s because it’s cheap.”

    “Yeah, I know.”

    I was second or third off the boat.

    Dan advised me to “go towards shore.”

    I submerged and hit bottom at about 50 feet.

    I trolled for a little bit and within a couple of minutes I had grabbed a nice sized lobster.

    I never quite headed towards shore as Dan had suggested.

    I sort of got tangled and thrown off course weaving through and freeing myself in the thick kelp.

    I never got shallower than 35 feet.

    I never saw another lobster during this dive.

    I surfaced to get my bearings.

    I was about 100 yards from the boat and down to 600 psi.

    I swam shallow, just beneath the kelp almost all the way to the boat.

    I was the first one back.

    A new diver, Rafael, was the second one back.

    He had run out of air and made it back to the boat empty handed.

    Apparently, he didn’t realize how much air you can go through hunting for bugs.

    A few divers caught a few bugs.

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