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    November 28, 2007

    Logged Dive #264 – Lobster Hunting With The Divevets

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 72 6f 75 6e 64 20 62 65 61 63 68 20 69 73 20 61 20 72 65 65 66 20 6f 66 20 74 6f 69 6c 65 74 20 62 6f 77 6c 73 20 61 74 20 74 68 65 20 6d 6f 75 74 68 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 73 68 65 6c 66 2e

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

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 90 feet or so
    Waves: Mild Chop
    Visibility: 20 feet
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 15 minutes
    Lobsters caught: 1

    We decided to check out another fairly deep spot.

    I out gassed for one hour and twenty minutes before I went back in the water and down the anchor line.

    I was told, “Go anywhere but North.”

    “Why not North?” I asked.

    “Because you’ll get to 300 feet really quick.”

    I went East and then South, trolling for bugs.

    I didn’t feel as narced as I did on the last dive.

    I finally came across one that looked legal and grabbed for it.

    The thing was fast and slipped through my lighting fast grab.

    I continued trolling and caught one for this dive.

    I only had 15 minutes at the bottom and decided to start my ascent after 12 minutes.

    I knew if I had trolled for one more minute I would run in to a huge lobster that would have ruined my bottom time.

    I surfaced fairly close to the boat.

    Dan and his group was the last ones back to the boat.

    Dan unloads his stash of bugs.

    Dan’s crew came back with their bags stuffed with lobsters; they had apparently come across a heard of them.

    The Captain triple checks Dan’s lobsters for size.

    The Captain triple checks Dan’s lobsters for size.

    I pose with my catch of bugs.

    I pose with my catch of bugs.

    Beers are cracked for the Island Diver debriefing session.

    We partied all the way back and in the parking lot in traditional Divevets fashion.

    Logged Dive #263 – Lobster Hunting With The Divevets

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 72 6f 75 6e 64 20 62 65 61 63 68 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 61 72 6d 20 6f 66 20 70 69 70 65 73 2e

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

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 90 feet or so
    Waves: Mild Chop
    Visibility: 20 feet
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 20 minutes
    Lobsters caught: 3

    The Island Diver

    Another lobster trip on the Island Diver!

    The new Captain, six divers and two diving Dive Masters left dock at 7:10 PM.

    Our first stop was the Palawan wreck at 120 feet down.

    Dan briefs the divers on this deep dive.

    Dan briefs the divers on this deep dive.

    I was not overly enthused about this place because I would only have 10 minutes or so to look for bugs.

    Dan sent Bob and Chris down with a florescent buoy that he was going to release if conditions and bugs were there.

    We waited; everyone was waiting for the marker to pop up.

    About 20 minutes later, Bob and Chris emerged with the announcement, “We aren’t close to the Palawan or the pipes.”

    Bob had four lobsters stuffed in his bag, but said there weren’t many big ones.

    We moved the boat to the location where the rest of us did our first dive.

    I went down the anchor line and went South and then South West.

    I started to get really narced, but I always maintained my composure.

    The first 10 minutes of my dive I didn’t see one lobster, then I looked down and almost bypassed my first catch of the day.

    I pinned and bagged it.

    I ran across a few more, but only one was legal and I bagged that one.

    I turned around and started heading back.

    Down to 1000 psi I thought to myself, “This is about the time I run across a big lobster that wants to fight.”

    Sure enough, I ran across a big lobster monster and pinned it.

    The lobster monster started to try and escape by frantically flapping its tail; I almost lost my grip.

    I shoved it in my bag half way and started my ascent, making sure not to repeat my close call from a few dives ago.

    I spent a few minutes getting to the surface and emerged to the East of the boat.

    After a 200 foot swim back to the boat, I briefed Bob and Chris on the conditions.

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