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Hetland
February 20th, 2010, 11:42 PM
ReCharge, MrXRay, Grouper321 and myself had had about enough of the cold water temps and crappy viz around Pensacola, so when I saw that the wind was forecast for <10kts I started working on a dive plan. We knew we had to get offshore for the warmer temps, and we were pretty sure the viz would be terrible close in as well, so we decided to dive the Chevron Jacket a few miles North of the Oriskany.

The ride out was a tad bumpy, but not worth further complaint. Grouper did a good job getting us out. Once onsite we saw the slightest hint of blue in the water, but it was mostly green and slime-filled. It took us several tries to hook into the jacket, and we had some fisherfolk next to us that had almost as much difficulty hooking in (they had a wreck hook, so they had it a little easier than us).

We splashed into the 61 water (64 @ 105ft) and shivered our way down to the rig. I had just purchased a hooded-vest to go with my 5mm jumpsuit, and I can say without reserve that I am now a believer. It made a big difference in my comfort, and I stayed mostly warm for the dives (the safety stops were chilly though). Viz was under 10ft until you hit 70 or 80ft, and then it opened to somewhere between 30 and 40. The limiting factor on viz was not particulate, but available light. The water above us was so murky that very little sunlight made it through. It was almost a dusk dive.

At the top of the platform we were hooked in to (about 100ft) we found thousands and thousands of red snapper. We were literally pushing them away with the sides of our guns. I was hoping to shoot a fat mangrove, but every time I was able to pick one out of the acres of reds and make a positive ID, they would swim from safe shooting distance. Barry shot a nice AJ, and I shot some video. It's been about 1 1/2 months since my last dive, so it was great to get wet again.

We made our ascent after about 30 minutes, and took an hour for our SI. We were entertained by out fisher-friends catching AJ's and Reds nearby (the reds were released). They were a good group of folks and we traded a few laughs with them.

I was short-timing on my second dive because I just had an AL80, so I rushed down and popped an AJ as fast as I could without wasting the entire dive looking for a diamond in the rough. I saw XRay and Recharge had hooked into a few fish as well. XRay shot another really nice AJ, and ReCharge hit an Almaco Jack. XRay had an issue with his shaft line, but held onto his spear. Luckily Grouper321 was on the ball, and was able to recover his gun as soon as it hit the surface.

The ride back in was even better than the ride out. It was a little cooler, but we made good time because the wind was at our backs, and the seas were less then 2ft.

After we hit the ramp we decided to debrief at the Fuji Steak/Sushi joint. I ate sushi until I was almost sick, and we all warmed ourselves up with some miso soup. Not a bad way to start the 2010 spearfishing season.


This is the thanks I get for planning such a great trip
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e56/zinnpage/Chevron%20Jacket/IMG_1222.jpg


XRay's AJ's
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e56/zinnpage/Chevron%20Jacket/IMG_1216.jpg


Biggest catch of the day
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e56/zinnpage/Chevron%20Jacket/IMG_1213edit.jpg


ReCharge and his Almaco Jack
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e56/zinnpage/Chevron%20Jacket/IMG_1223.jpg


Your humble reporter and his AJ
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e56/zinnpage/Chevron%20Jacket/IMG_1217edit.jpg




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wjefferis
February 21st, 2010, 12:09 AM
Sweet!!! sounds like some good dives even though the viz wasn't all that it could be. Hopefully this muck will go away soon once the gulfstream moves in closer. If you guys don't have enough cooler space to keep all that fresh gulf fish I will be willing to take one for the team and take some of the burden off your hands :D.

Thanks for the report.

GLENFWB
February 21st, 2010, 12:13 AM
Glad you guys braved the conditions. It gives me hope that one day soon these conditions will clear and we can all get back to diving. Thanks for the report.

denisegg
February 21st, 2010, 12:32 AM
Ohhhhhh...Nice catch guys....;)

jhayes75
February 21st, 2010, 12:38 AM
Very nice fish, so when is the fish fry?

denisegg
February 21st, 2010, 12:56 AM
Very nice fish, so when is the fish fry?

That's what I'm talking about!!!

Hetland
February 21st, 2010, 01:23 AM
Very nice fish, so when is the fish fry?

SpringFest at the latest!

SuPrBuGmAn
February 21st, 2010, 07:56 PM
Great report

OysterBoot74
February 22nd, 2010, 09:59 AM
Excellent! Nothing like pictures great fish pics to get that spring fever into full effect. I'm soooo jealous!:mooner:

JPENDERGRAST
February 22nd, 2010, 02:52 PM
Nice report and pics- and awesome fish! I can't wait to get down there and shoot some dinner.

paulwall
February 22nd, 2010, 10:27 PM
Congratulations on the trip! Nice fish, great report.

Recharge
February 22nd, 2010, 10:42 PM
Leave it to Hetland ,to map out another great dive,(make a plan, dive the plan) Mr X-ray had a good day with his gun ( HE HAS BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR NOW, THAT WILL SOON BE OVER) Very interesting dive site, need to put it back on the redo list when it warms up , would love to check out the area below platform. Great pictures Alex, and super video ,you make us look good down there. As always Grouper 321 has our backs ,could not ask for a better boat captain. I will agree it was agreat start for our dive team. Alex ,I feel the need for a dive plan ,got any electrons firing under that mohawk?

algulfdiver
February 23rd, 2010, 02:13 PM
Sounds like the vis was about two years ago, it stayed like that with that murk layer then clear below 50' most of the summer. Hopefully we will get the right current and push the murk out.

MRXRAY
February 27th, 2010, 02:41 PM
Finally catching my breath and a chance to post after a Looooooong week. Sunday and Monday I finished up my my advanced nitrox and Deco Procedures class and then all the time off caught up with me at work, and I got hammered. Great job on the report Alex, as always! What else can I say except where's the money from the biggest fish pot for 2010?

jhayes75
February 27th, 2010, 05:49 PM
Finally catching my breath and a chance to post after a Looooooong week. Sunday and Monday I finished up my my advanced nitrox and Deco Procedures class and then all the time off caught up with me at work, and I got hammered. Great job on the report Alex, as always! What else can I say except where's the money from the biggest fish pot for 2010?

Welcome back, I thought you fell off the earth or something.

Hetland
February 27th, 2010, 09:15 PM
Finally catching my breath and a chance to post after a Looooooong week. Sunday and Monday I finished up my my advanced nitrox and Deco Procedures class and then all the time off caught up with me at work, and I got hammered. Great job on the report Alex, as always! What else can I say except where's the money from the biggest fish pot for 2010?

We need to actually work out some rules before I start taking people's money ;)

denisegg
February 28th, 2010, 11:00 AM
I finished up my my advanced nitrox and Deco Procedures class

Congratulations Barry!!! :)


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