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Casino Park Catalina..Wed Oct 12,2013

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by lamarpaulski, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    Casino Park Catalina..Wed Oct 2,2013

    batray1GOPR1598.MP4_snapshot_01.02_[2013.10.02_21.20.45].jpg batray2twobatraysGOPR1598.MP4_snapshot_01.26_[2013.10.02_21.21.43].jpg cardinalfishes2andfrenGOPR1602.MP4_snapshot_01.44_[2013.10.02_21.37.21].jpg Did a pair of dives at the park on a mostly cloudy day. The viz on dive 1 was excellent and I encountered three bat rays and a torpedo ray out by the two small wrecks @ 55ft. Dive #2 was much murkier but saw more bat rays and encountered the Cardinalfish again. Upon surfacing I had the privilege of encountering Dr. Bill. We started talking Scuba and I almost missed my 430 ferry ! Wonderful actually meeting him in person. here are a couple screen grabs of rays and Cardinalfishes (there were two). Same place but over one grotto as last time.
     
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  2. MalibuJerry

    MalibuJerry Nassau Grouper

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    It's nice to dive there mid-week when the crowds are not scaring the bigger fish away. Thanks for the report.
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    Holy mackerel... you're reporting on a dive you will make 9 days from now Paul! Please tell me how you accomplished time travel! Tee hee.

    Enjoyed the chance to chat yesterday. I'll have to do a dive during daylight to see if I can finally find the Guadalupe cardinalfish that have been avoiding me! Night dive was pretty good.
     
  4. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    thats what happens when you try to do this stuff after a long day !!!!
     
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  5. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    thnx for posting
     
  6. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

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    Sounds like you had a good time. Thanks for posting.
    I always enjoy weekdays (usually on Fridays) at Catalina.
    Now that we are at the "off season", maybe I'll try a Saturday.
    How was the water temp?
    Was the fill station open for you?
     
  7. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    On my night dive last night (to a max depth of only 52 fsw) my min temp was 68 F (20 C)
     
  8. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    CDS fill station was open. Apparently they are considering some changes in their off-season deployment...my 2 cents was to keep Casino operation open and minimize pier or set up a lock box for tanks at Casino(get key at pier) . In any event I was told nothing would be done until the end of the month and any changes would be posted on their website. The Casino mini-dive shop is a great convenience but mid-week winter customers are pretty scarce (lock box idea !!)...so it seems we will be OK until next month at least. I would call ahead of time to make sure nonetheless. Water was warmer than a month ago...I had 63F at 75 ft and shallow was much warmer. Viz changed for the worse from Dive #1 to #2 tho. Dive #1 was that clear blue that just makes a kelp forest beautiful.
     

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