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  • November 21, 2016

    Second Lobster Diver Of The Night

    November 18, 2016

    Once everyone was back on board, Nice Bob decided to move to a better spot a few minutes down the coast.

    The visibility looked good on the surface; I was the first one over board.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #504

    Solo Diving

    SECRET LOCATION: 41 73 20 74 68 65 20 43 61 70 61 74 61 69 6e 20 74 6f 6c 64 20 75 73 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 49 6e 64 69 63 61 74 6f 72 2e , Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2100 psi
    Max depth: 41 feet
    Waves: Surface was flat, some surge at the bottom
    Visibility: 0-3 feet, very silty
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 66 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 12 minutes

    Visibility was really good, until I got down to the ocean floor, where it turned to three feet at best.

    I swam towards the shore, but I really couldn’t see.

    I surfaced and yelled back to the people on the boat, “Hey, you know the vis is only three feet!”

    Someone gave me the finger, so a submerged and went the other way, away from the shore.

    It got worse – I mean three feet was the best visibility, sometimes I had zero feet.

    After a few more minutes, I really didn’t think I was going to be so lucky as to just stumble upon a lobster already within grabbing distance.

    I called the dive and surfaced.

    Back at the boat, I told the Captain about the conditions.

    He said, “I bet there will be three more lobsters before the night ends.”

    I said, “There won’t be any lobsters coming back, unless someone is very lucky.”

    Called Dive
    Waiting for the other divers.

    Divers made their way back in early.

    Lucky Bob
    Nice Bob was very lucky and stumbled on two lobsters with the crappy visibility.

    Everyone else got skunked on this dive.

    Debriefing started as divers came back.

    Thanks to a donation by Nice Bob to someone who got skunked and was unable to make the second dive, everyone went home with at least one lobster.

    Debriefing continued in the parking lot of Rocky Point.

    A $100 boat trip and I only caught one lobster on my first dive.

    However, local lobsters are going for $42 a pound at the fish market – so I don’t feel so bad.

    I paid $100 for a $65 lobster, but had fun doing it.

    Until next time, dive safe and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!

    November 19, 2016

    Finally! A Lobster Boat and a Lobster Dive!

    November 18, 2016

    Sorry for slacking lately!

    I’ve had some issues other than diving to take care of, and since this blog is only a small tax write off, I am forced to keep my regular job as a full time peon.

    Chipper told me about a lobster boat that Nice Bob was chartering and said, “Since Donna The Hot Biker Chick can’t go, we decided to invite you.”

    This time, I actually had the money, or at least enough room on my credit card.

    The boat was the six pack diving boat “The Island Diver” that I have been on many times before; Dive N Surf brought the boat from Rocky Point a few years ago.

    Getting Ready

    We were all geared up and off by 6:10 PM.

    Getting Ready

    The diving crew consisted of The Other Jeff, Nice Bob, Reverend Al, some guy named Joe, Chipper and myself; the DM and Captain made it complete.

    We thought we would try no deeper than 50 feet, so we headed to a secret location off of Palos Verdes picked by the Captain.

    Lobster Cam
    I was the first one off, carrying my new invention – The Lobster Cam!

    Logged SCUBA Dive #503

    Solo Diving

    SECRET LOCATION: 43 61 70 74 61 69 6e 20 6e 61 6d 65 64 20 73 75 72 66 20 73 70 6f 74 20 73 6b 69 20 6a 75 6d 70, Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 43 feet
    Waves: Surface was flat, some surge at the bottom
    Visibility: 10-15 feet with some silt
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 66 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 36 minutes

    I descended and dropped on sand and started to swim towards shore.

    All I saw was sand; I asked myself, “Why the hell did we come here?”

    There was no structure here at all and I was a little pissed.

    I ended up finding a small reef, but it was barren of even short lobsters.

    I surfaced to get my bearings and discovered I was right next to the boat – I had been going around in circles.

    I submerged again and headed towards the shore.

    Visibility was patchy as there was some surge.

    Lobster Cam footage

    I started to see short lobsters and then was able to pin an obvious legal one – until I measured it; yeah, it was short.

    When I got down to 700 psi, I spotted a large lobster; without hesitation, I swam over and pinned it, just as my leg started to cramp.

    I am macho, so I easily ignored the pain.

    It was like grabbing a beer can!

    I put it directly in my bag, surfaced and swam to the boat.

    I was the first one back; we remeasured the lobster using the Captain’s lobster gauge and it was short.

    It was the girth of a beer can, how the fuck could it be short?

    I was just about to throw it back, when I remeasured with my gauge – it was way legal!

    We were accidentally using the “Crab” gauge side, and not the lobster side – Phew!

    Other divers made it back with either one or two lobsters, except for one exception.

    Me with my lobster
    Me with my lobster.

    The other Jeff and his lobster
    The Other Jeff caught the biggest one.

    We decided to move the boat to a “better spot” to be picked by Nice Bob and the Other Jeff.

    Lobster Cam Footage is here:

    Lobster CAM

    Stay tuned for a report of our second lobster dive!

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