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    November 11, 2013

    Sunday Services At Terranea Resort

    November 10, 2013

    I haven’t been diving with the Sunday morning Terranea crowd since I got back from diving in Poland.

    I have no valid reason for missing so many weekends, and I was thinking of excuses that I could make to not show up today.

    But why?

    What else would I be doing, if I didn’t go?

    I could ride my bike to breakfast and have my traditional Denver Omlette and beer, which never starts out any of my productive weekend days.

    I have no excuses, and not diving makes me old, so I headed to good ol’ Terranea Resort for some diving.

    Local conditions have been really good these past couple of weeks, and I was surprised when only four other divers showed up – Reverend Al, Eric, Ben and a new-to-the-group diver named Jon P.

    Jon has been diving here before and has 150 dives in three years – that was music to our ears, as we were confident we didn’t have to worry too much about him.

    He also brought beers for afterwards, and that made him that much more cooler.

    We went off the Point, and I must say it was one of the easier, low tide entrances that I could have hoped to make.

    I sat on a rock, feet in the water and waited for a gentle swell to pick me up and carry me out.

    Entry off the Point

    The water was so clear – in some parts, the visibility must have been 30 feet.

    We surface swam 100 yards out to drop on the pinacle.

    Everyone had larger tanks than my Aluminum 80, so I told everyone that I would follow someone until I got low, and would take off from the group.

    We descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #456

    Followed Reverend Al and Jon P./SoCal Buddy Diving

    Terranea Resort, Off The Point
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 15 to 30 feet in most places
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes or so

    The statue

    We toured around the pinnacle for about ten minutes before taking a zero heading to shallower water, and a 30 heading to the cove.

    We lost the other two divers, Ben and Eric.

    Part of a reef at Terranea Resort

    Vis was really great

    Part of a reef at Terranea Resort

    Another reef

    A sea... something.

    Another reef with growth

    White nudibachs.

    A schhol of fish pass over.

    A Garabaldi in a reef

    A vacant clam shell.

    A scallop

    A fish hides.

    A horn shark.

    About 25 minutes into the dive, we ran accross the other two, who were also heading back.

    When I was down to 1000 psi, I split from the group.

    At 500 psi, I ascended and broke the surface – I had about a 150 yard surface swim to reach the cove.

    But, that didn’t really bother me, as the visibility was so good, it made for a nice snorkel home.

    A carpet of growth with uni around.

    I made an easy exit and was the first one back; ten minutes later, the rest came ashore with no problems.

    We got a ride up from the pool guy.

    The guy who maintains the pools gave us and our equipment a ride back to the parking lot – the suggested tip is $5.

    Reverend Al, Eric, Jon P, Ben and me.
    Reverend Al, Eric, Jon P, Ben and me.

    Traditional debriefing ensued – beer, potato chips and some interesting conversation.

    I need to start making Sunday mornings a habit again.

    Lobster Hunting: SCUBA Diving vs Hoop Netting

    November 8, 2013

    We moved to the next spot where they threw their nets over before I went in.

    If you don’t know how I got on a boat with some hoop netters, read my last post.

    I went over and down.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #455

    Solo Diving

    Secret Location: 44 69 72 65 63 74 6c 79 20 69 6e 73 69 64 65 20 74 68 65 20 6d 6f 75 74 68 20 6f 66 20 74 68 65 20 62 72 65 61 6b 77 61 74 65 72 2c 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 72 69 67 68 74 20 6c 6f 6f 6b 69 6e 67 20 6f 75 74 2e
    Long Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1400 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: shit to 10 feet
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes or so

    I hit bottom at 45 feet; the floor was a three foot deep mass of mush.

    I swam towards the wall where there was a mass of boulders; starting at the bottom I went up.

    I didn’t see one lobster – not one.

    I came across a few molts, which gave me hope, but I just didn’t see any lobsters at all.

    They weren’t in the rocks, on the rocks or out in the mush.

    Not to come back empty handed, I put a lobster molt in my bag, and after about 25 minutes doing a lobsterless search for bugs, I called it quits.

    I surfaced, signaled with my light, and the boat came and picked me up.

    Me with my molt.
    Me with my molt – that is just a lobster shell.

    They then went around and pulled the ten hoop nets that they dropped before my dive.

    An ocopus is caught.
    They pulled up an octopus.

    Ranger Danger was about to throw it back, but Luis said, “Keep it, I can make tacos with it.”

    Finally, a bug is on board!
    Ranger Danger pulled up a bug!

    Finally, we are not skunked!

    Well, at least there’s a bug on the boat.

    Ranger Danger shows his bug.
    Ranger Danger shows his bug.

    Captain Tom said, “Enough of wasting our time going SCUBA diving, let’s go where the lobsters are…”

    He started up the boat and went inside the harbor.

    You can hoop net in certain parts of the harbor, but diving anywhere in the harbor is illegal without Police permission.

    I don’t mind because harbor diving is nasty.

    The Los Angeles Harbor
    The Los Angeles Harbor

    We dropped ten hoop nets at two points and drank beer for 40 minutes waiting for the lobsters to crawl into the baited nets.

    It was Luis’s turn to pull the nets.

    The first pull yielded nothing.

    Luis catches his first bug.
    The second pull yielded Luis his first bug.

    The other three at this spot were empty, or as Captain Tom called them, “blanks.”

    We went to the second spot where Luis kept pulling the nets.

    I was looking over Captain Tom’s shoulder to see what was inside when the net broke the surface.

    Suddenly, I got an elbow in my stomach and a push to the other side of the boat, where I landed on the cooler.

    A monster bug is thrown on deck.
    Holy crap! A huge bug landed on deck!

    “We had to get that thing in the boat, it was hanging on the outside,” Captain Tom said.

    Luis shows off his catch.
    Luis with his monster bug.

    The bug weighs in at 10.6 pounds.
    The bug weighs in at 10.6 pounds.

    Ranger Danger poses with the monster lobster.
    Ranger Danger poses with the monster lobster.

    I filled out another line in my lobster report card to reflect the gear change…

    Me throwing a hoop net.
    Me throwing a hoop net.

    Me pulling a hoop net up.
    Me pulling a hoop net up.

    I did as well at hoop netting as I did with SCUBA diving for lobster – ZERO!

    We stayed there for another drop, and ended up catching one more lobster.

    We tried other spots, but had no further success.

    We headed back around 2 AM.

    The catch for the night.
    The catch for the night – four lobsters and one octopus.

    The Queen Mary at night.

    So the final score for tonight:

    SCUBA Diving – 0 lobsters

    Hoop Netting – 4 lobsters

    It was a fun and interesting trip, however, mixing hoop nets and SCUBA on the same boat just is really awkward.

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