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    March 9, 2014

    Lobster Hunting Off Of Redondo Beach – Dive #2

    March 7, 2014

    After a sort of disappointing dive at the last location – four divers and two bugs – we decided to go to a nearby sunken barge.

    This was a spot I had no clue even existed.

    The Dive Master said, “The barge has openings in the side; There are bugs inside, but if you’ve never penetrated a wreck before, don’t do it.”

    Hmm – I had my plan now.

    The next spot was so close, I didn’t even know that we actually moved.

    We had pulled anchor, and I heard the engines, but between the big swells that were making some puke over the side and the short ride, I couldn’t tell that we had actually moved anywhere.

    After more than an hour surface interval, I jumped over and swam to the anchor line.

    I submerged first, determined to get to the barge first, but like the last dive, some divers can equalize faster than me, and I was beaten to the anchor.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #465

    Same Ocean Diving With Chipper, Nice Bob and the other Jeff

    Secret Location: 54 68 65 20 61 6d 6d 6f 20 62 61 72 67 65 20 6e 65 78 74 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 6c 61 73 74 20 6c 6f 63 61 74 69 6f 6e 2e
    Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 82 feet
    Waves: A lot of surface chop, fairly calm underneath
    Visibility: 10 feet, a lot of silt
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 24 minutes

    I followed the anchor line to the barge, but visibility fucking sucked.

    I soon discovered Nice Bob and the other Jeff were leaving a James’ Bond type trail of kicked up silt to ruin my visibility.

    Instead of going along the barge, I went over and pinned a lobster within 30 seconds – it was legal and I bagged it.

    I cut over the barge and dropped to the other side where there was a big hole in the side.

    So, there’s lobsters in the barge?

    I went in; maybe about 15 feet, and then towards the right, into another compartment.

    No bugs; I turned around to a view of nothing but silt.

    Fuck! – it’s a small barge and I have plenty of air, but I should have taken a compass heading before doing such a dumb-assed maneuver.

    Which way is out?

    Then, I saw a light shining in from the outside.

    That diver was later identified as Chipper, who I thought was trying to show me the way out.

    In actuality, he was just looking for bugs.

    I went towards the light, only to approach a hole the size of a football.

    Hah! At least, I know where the side is, and the entrance is just one compartment over.

    I found where the first compartment was and the exit.

    As I was going out, Chipper was coming in.

    I waited to see if he needed help getting out, but left after a minute or so.

    After telling my story, Chipper later recounted that, “Yeah, I didn’t think it was such a great idea going in there, especially after you had kicked up all that silt.”

    There were bugs under the barge, but out of reach.

    I did another circle, until I found the anchor that was resting on top of the barge and started heading back.

    I made an extended safety stop, before surfacing.

    The rest soon made it back; Nice Bob and the other Jeff got skunked, Chipper got two lobsters.

    Lobsters Fighting.
    Chipper’s two lobsters were fighting in his bag.

    Lobster 69.
    The grappling continued on the ground.

    My huge catch!
    My catch for the night – this monster bug weighed almost two pounds.

    Well, the one bug I caught cost about $100 – even though the fish market is cheaper, I did have fun.

    However, I’m not sure if I can afford another trip this season; this might be it.

    March 7, 2014

    Lobster Hunting Off Of Redondo Beach

    It’s just 11 days until the close of Lobster Season.

    Chipper mentioned to me, “At the beginning of the season, all the hunters are so happy, but towards the end of the season, everyone is glad to soon be able to start enjoying day time diving again.”

    Yeah, true, even though I haven’t been out much this season.

    The Island Diver

    The Island Diver has been bought by Dive N Surf, but still docks at Rocky Point in Redondo Beach.

    This was an $80, light pack lobster boat consisting of Chipper, Nice Bob, the other Jeff and me – with Dive Master Tony and Captain Toros as crew.

    Since the Dive N Surf acquisition, the Dive Master no longer does guided underwater tours and actually stays on the boat; everyone gets a buddy to jump off the boat with, too.

    The ride out was rough, and besides one tug boat, no other ocean craft were seen outside the break wall.

    Some people, who never get sick, got sea sick; luckily, with me being macho, I was not one of them.

    We anchored in a secret spot, and we jumped in.

    Wanting first grabs, I was the first to submerge, but I had to take my time getting down to the anchor at 85 feet, and someone beat me to the floor.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #464

    Same Ocean Diving With Chipper, Nice Bob and the other Jeff

    Secret Location: 4f 66 66 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 2c 20 74 68 65 72 65 20 69 73 20 61 20 66 61 72 6d 20 74 68 61 74 20 67 72 6f 77 73 20 6f 6e 6c 79 20 70 69 70 65 73 2e
    Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 86 feet
    Waves: A lot of surface chop, some surge below
    Visibility: 10 feet, a lot of silt
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 68 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 26 minutes

    I didn’t want to go too deep – you can get to more than 140 feet if you aren’t careful – so I went East.

    That was a bad mistake.

    I ran across some structure and pinned my first lobster on top of the sand.

    I didn’t even bother measuring it; it was short, and released unharmed.

    At 1600 psi, I turned around, went past the anchor and ran in to one of the main parts of the artificial reef.

    I caught three bugs, two were short, the other was just barely legal – I kept the legal one.

    There are lobsters, I just went the wrong way on this dive, and now I was almost about to go into decompression mode with 600 psi left.

    Fuck it – I headed to the surface, slowly.

    I was afraid of being carried by a current, and didn’t know where the anchor line was, so I skipped my safety stop – I don’t like doing that.

    When I broke the surface, but before swimming to the boat, I remeasured my lobster – it had shrunk at the surface.

    I took the lobster, pointed to the direction of home, and released it, unharmed – but it was probably a little psychologically damaged.

    Chipper ended up with one bug, Nice Bob with another – a total of two bugs and four divers on this dive.

    Details on our second dive will follow shortly.

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