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  • March 9, 2007

    Logged Dive #224 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Lobster hunting with the Divevets off the Island Diver

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

    Solo Diving/night diving

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet plus, lots of surge
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: 53 degrees Fahrenheit
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes plus

    I competed in the Copa Pacifica Ultimate Jiu Jitsu Death Match last week, so I sold my March 2nd tickets.

    However, the boat was canceled and I bought another ticket on tonight’s boat from someone who couldn’t make the makeup.

    Me, Dan, Bob, Jim P, Walt and a sixth diver… I can’t remember his name were on the boat.

    Anyway, apparently divers are catching lobsters shallow again, so Dan suggested that we try a shallower secret spot.

    I was the second overboard.

    It was colder than I thought; I later found out that the water was 53 degrees Fahrenheit at depth and 57 degrees Fahrenheit on the surface.

    I got an “ice cream headache” going down.

    I grabbed two shorts and kept looking.

    This place has many reefs and rocks and the kelp was pretty thick.

    Lots of surge…

    I kept almost running into reefs looking at the bottom for bugs.

    Thirty minutes of fighting the surge and kelp, I surfaced and headed for the boat.

    I crawled over a lot of kelp.

    I tried submerging and swimming underneath the kelp, but I kept getting caught.

    When I boarded, I had so much kelp caught on me that Captain Alec asked, “Do you have a license to harvest all that kelp?”

    Some other divers hauled up an anchor that they found.

    Dan and a few others caught one or two bugs.

    Bob came up empty handed, so I didn’t feel so bad.

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