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Discussion in 'Florida' started by jsnyder, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. jsnyder

    jsnyder Angel Fish

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    rumor has it the groupers are out in full force around west palm beach area. We're in town for other stuff, trying to get enough people for a charter out to see groupers on afternoon of Monday, September 19th. Anyone interested please reply and I will coordinate the ride!
     
  2. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

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    howdy and sorry no one has responded to your post...yes the groupers are aggregating at the WPB dive sites ...and most of the charters are going to them ( i was just on the M/V Castor last weekend with starfish charters)..unfortunately I'm a working stiff and am unavailable to help you out on a weekday....good luck and happy diving.
     
  3. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    Its the Monday after, Sept 25th, but we are booked with Underwater Explorers to dive the Castor that afternoon. I think the four other spots are still open if you are still in town then.
     
  4. Penguine

    Penguine Garibaldi

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    The last time I came face to face with one of those, I was diving off of Marco Island....at a wreck and it scared the suit off of me....

    I thought it was going to eat me....I wish I could do it again.
     
  5. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

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    i was just on the lady luck wreck and a small Goliath grouper (approx 300#) has taken up residence there....
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Goliath Grouper Aggregation

    I just finished 11 days of diving, mostly to play with the Goliath Grouper. I made 24 dives on the Castor, 21 with Kevin and Underwater Explorers, 2 with Starfish, and 1 with Loggerhead. It's not the best aggregation year, that was 2 years ago, but it is absolutely fantastic. The conditions were quite variable, sometimes a north current, sometime a south, sometimes a very brisk current, sometimes almost none, sometimes poor viz, sometimes quite good, the water was always warm, 82-84 degrees. There are many Goliath Grouper on and around the wreck. When the current is brisk they will be lined up on the bow or stern into the current, depending on the direction. When there is less current, they will be off the wreck a bit, often east of the bow or stern. There was often many bait fish and hunters putting on a great show. There are schools of beautiful Horse-Eye Jacks. There are 1 or 2 Bull Sharks cruising the wreck, most commonly on the east side and on the stern. The 2 best dives were yesterday morning, Sept 20.

    I also did 2 dives in Jupiter with Jupiter Dive Center, 1 on the wreck trek (Zion Train, Miss Jenny, Esso Bonaire) and one on the MG-111. There was a moderate number of GG on the Esso Bonaire and the MG-111, but the sites paled before the Castor.

    @uncfnp, you will have a great time on Sept 25 afternoon. Looks like 2 others have joined you so far. The afternoons were often better than the mornings. There is a relatively tame smaller GG on the Castor named Wilbur. He will approach you and pose for pictures. If DM/guide, Alex Borsuzky, is on the dive, he will bring Wilbur to you while cruising around on his DPV.

    Alex is available as a guide on the Explorer, for those that might be interested, now or in the future. He knows all of Boynton Beach like the back of his hand and is an excellent photographer. I would recommend him very highly.

    Good diving,

    Craig
     
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  7. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    Thanks Craig. Sorry our trips didn't coverlap. Arrived in WPB yesterday and went out for our first dives today. Almost perfect dive conditions, flat seas, sunny skies and light current. No GG but 4 lobsters with plans for two of them for dinner.

    Got an unexpected surprise today. Booked Narcosis several months ago then a group of photographers booked the same day for a double dip on the MG 111 then the new wreck Ana Cecilia. Both will be new dive sites for me and just a taste of GG before the Castor.
     
  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi uncfnp,

    I've not been to the Ana Cecilia. MG-111 had a fair number of GG. The columns in the middle of the wreck were fascinating, yellow line arrow crabs, banded reef shrimp, all kinds of juveniles. There were also a fair number of GG around the columns, where we usually look for Lemon Sharks in season.
     
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  9. djtimmy77

    djtimmy77 Loggerhead Turtle

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    (Assuming I am not congested from a cold I am fighting) I will be on the trip tomorrow with my wife and a few dive buddies. I am leaving my camera at home as I only shoot macro however my wife and her mom will have their DSLRs.
     
  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Tim, long time no see.

    Very best diving, Craig
     

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