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    First Lobster Dive Of The Year

    January 24, 2015

    Two weeks ago at this secret spot, the lobsters were so plentiful, divers were limiting on their first dive within ten minutes.

    I grabbed a spot on the Island Diver for a scheduled Saturday night deep lobster dive.

    The Island Diver.

    Kathy M. was the Dive Master; Donna The Hot Biker Chick, Famous Polish Diver Mirek, Mean Bob, Roger and Chris G. were the other divers.

    I was planning on doing one dive, limiting quickly during the brief bottom time and returning with my first limit of the year.

    We made a quick dart out to the secret spot.

    I was diving dry.

    I was debating whether I should go dry or wet; I really didn’t want the distraction of a dry suit while lobster hunting.

    However, my wet suit has such a large hole in the ass, and we were going deep, so dry it was.

    Mirek was going to do one long technical dive, everyone else was sticking to recreational limits.

    Mirek's Rebreather
    Mirek’s rebreather.

    Off Redondo Beach.

    I was the first diver over board; I swam to the anchor and descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #483

    SoCal Buddy Diving/Solo Diving

    Secret Location: 54 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 69 65 6c 64 20 6f 66 20 64 65 62 72 69 73 20 4e 6f 72 74 68 20 57 65 73 74 20 6f 66 20 61 20 61 20 77 6f 6d 61 6e 20 6e 61 6d 65 64 20 50 61 6c 61 77 61 6e 2e, Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 112 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees
    Air Temperature: 69 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 20 minutes, or so

    Visibility sucked; I couldn’t see further than ten feet, and it was silty.

    There was some cool structure and a few bugs.

    I grabbed a couple, but they were all short; I missed a few legal bugs.

    At 110 feet, I didn’t have that much time before going into deco.

    I had no idea where the anchor chain was, and didn’t want to get swept away by a potential current.

    I slowly went to the surface without a safety stop.

    I surfaced close to the boat and started to swim to the anchor chain.

    “Where are you going?” the Captain yelled.

    “I’m going back down for the safety stop I missed,” I said.

    “Are you OK?”

    “Yes, I’m fine.”

    I went back down the chain and hung out for a few minutes at 20 feet.

    I made it back onto the boat.

    I was sure someone was going to come back with their limit; I must have just went to the wrong spot.

    A diver returns.
    As divers returned, their bags were empty.

    A huge lobster.
    Roger was lucky enough to catch one bug.

    Donna and Chis just went to the wreck, Roger caught one, Mean Bob and I got skunked.

    Now, we were waiting for Mirek, who was on a rebreather, in a dry suit and being propelled by an electric scooter.

    Waiting for Mirek.
    We were certain Mirek was going to limit; we waited.

    After an hour and twenty minutes, we spotted a lighted bag in the far distance – we assumed it was Mirek.

    Mirek heading back.
    The boat pulled anchor and we picked him up.

    Mirek's bag full of lobsters.
    Forget checking if Mirek is OK, the first thing we checked was his game bag – and he had five lobsters.

    Mirek returns from his hour and a half dive.
    All the technical gear Mirek wore radiated machismo.

    I said to Mirek, “You got five lobsters, and we only have one lobster between all the rest of us.”

    “That’s because you guys suck at lobster hunting,” Mirek said.

    The neck seal on my dry suit was making my face turn red – Kathy the DM asked if I was OK and offered to give me Oxygen.

    I appreciated the offer, but it was not necessary.

    We debated on our second dive.

    1 Comment

    1. I have been hearing from hoop netters that the bugs are in 100′ of water off the Redondo area, cant believe you all did not do better. My last dive at our usual kayak spot in 30′ of water, I got skunked, while my buddy went out to 75′ and got 6 legals, they are deep right now.

      Comment by halibug — January 26, 2015 @ 9:32 am

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