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    January 23, 2008

    Logged Dive #273 – We tried the shallows for Lobster off the Island Diver

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 65 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 20 62 72 65 61 6b 20 77 61 74 65 72 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 73 68 61 6c 6c 6f 77 20 77 68 65 72 65 20 61 20 77 61 72 6d 20 72 65 73 74 61 75 72 61 6e 74 20 65 78 68 61 75 73 74 20 70 69 70 65 20 73 75 70 70 6f 73 65 64 6c 79 20 65 6d 69 74 73 2e

    Off the Island Diver Boat

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: About 35 feet
    Waves: Very choppy, boat was dragging anchor
    Visibility: 15 feet or worse
    Water Temperature: Cold!
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Solo Diving

    The boat rocks as we gear up to try the shallows.

    We anchored about 200 yards off a rocky shoreline in about 35 feet of water.

    The idea was, since the depths have been crappy lately for lobsters, that they must be moving shallower.

    There’s suppose to be some sort of pipe in this site.

    I was the first one over board; Dan commented to the other divers, “He’s jumping off first to get all the lobsters – what a fag.”

    I went down the anchor and attached the strobe for the other divers.

    I trolled over endless stretches of pure, white sand.

    I mean, except for a few guitar fish and a Pacific Electric Ray, that’s all I saw – sand!

    I got as shallow as 15 feet, then went back out and ran across some sort of concrete flat.

    I swam back towards the boat over the barren landscape and was going to head back in after twenty minutes until I spotted a short lobster.

    I had hope, so I followed a sparse trail of small fish, a few crabs and two more shorts.

    Then… still nothing.

    After 40 minutes, I thought a beer sounded better so I headed in…

    But where the hell was the boat?

    I had peaked a few times during my dive, and with the swells, it was really hard to go anywhere.

    The boat kept getting farther and farther away; it was dragging anchor and had moved about 200 feet towards the rocky shore.

    I swam under water back to the boat; the others who did a second dive soon followed.

    I pose with my catch for the night - two lobsters from the last dive.

    I pose with my catch for the night – two lobsters from the last dive.

    No lobsters here and we all agreed – this place sucks!

    Debriefing took place in the parking lot as usual but only lasted until midnight.

    Logged Dive #272 – Lobster Hunting Off The Island Diver

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 63 6f 61 73 74 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 53 70 61 6e 69 73 68 20 52 65 64 20 42 65 61 63 68 20 6c 69 65 73 20 61 20 72 65 65 66 20 6f 66 20 74 6f 69 6c 65 74 20 62 6f 77 6c 73 2e

    Off the Island Diver Boat

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: About 90 feet
    Waves: Calm at first, but became increasingly choppy
    Visibility: 25 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold!
    Total Bottom Time: 20 minutes

    So Cal Buddy Diving With Bob from the Divevets

    It has been raining for the last few days and was raining pretty hard on the way King Harbor.

    The wind was mild and there was no small craft advisory,  so the trip was a go.

    The trip was delayed for 30 minutes while we waited for two divers who were stuck in traffic.

    Bob and I were the first ones over and down the anchor line.

    I trolled for a few minutes before pinning my first lobster.

    The lobster was just barely legal, but I had to wrestle the thing from holding my console; Bob later commented that he thought that I grabbed a huge one from the amount of sediment that was kicked up.

    We eventually went our own separate ways.

    I grabbed a second lobster a few more minutes thereafter.

    I found it hard to propel myself; there was a strong current that went one way on the surface and another way at depth.

    I figured twenty minutes at 90 feet would be safe, so I started heading back after fifteen minutes.

    I crossed paths with another group of divers from the boat before making a slow ascent to the surface.

    I did a short twenty yard surface swim to the boat in water that was becoming extremely rough.

    I was the first one back and carefully climbed up the bouncing stairs.

    I asked the Captain why wasn’t there was a small craft advisory.

    He said, “They issued one just as we were leaving.”

    Dan and his dive buddy were thrown a current line and hauled back; they were tangled in reel line.

    Apparently, Dan’s buddy got disoriented and didn’t know which way was up.

    Dan grabbed the diver and started an ascent, but they got wrapped up in the line from a surface buoy they were towing.

    Bob ended up with a bug and so did a few other divers.

    I think total on this boat, out of seven divers, we caught a total of five or six just legal lobsters.

    The boat tossed in the waves, and so did a diver.

    The boat tossed in the increasing swells as Dan made the decision that we needed to try someplace a lot shallower.

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