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S. Padre questions

Discussion in 'Texas' started by TMHeimer, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I'm going to S. Padre I. last 2 weeks in May. Hope to take a charter or 2, maybe to the oil rigs. Has anyone been there and noticed what kinds of shells I may find? Same question for the jetties. Also, any particular advice for the jetties-depths, currents, entries/exits, best places to find shells there? Figured at predicted 77 F water my shorty will do. Thanks in advance for info.
  2. Zinc

    Zinc Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cave Country
    I'd highly recommend diving the Texas Clipper while you're there, American Diving runs regular charters: American Diving
  3. vintagediver

    vintagediver Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: San Antonio Texas
    Oil rigs are a hard place to find shells. They are usually 150 - 400 feet deep. South Padre has shells on the beach and in the stores though. You can usually find interesting things along the jetties, but there are people fishing there too, and it really hurts when they set the hook. I agree with the suggestion to dive the "Texas Clipper" instead.
  4. Cap335

    Cap335 Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Houston
    I agree with diving the Clipper but since your going to be there 2 weeks hit the rigs too.

  5. freedvr

    freedvr Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SPI, TX
    Definitely hit up the rigs and the Clipper when in Padre. Although the surface temp may be near 77, there will most likely be a thermocline where the temp can be 10 degrees F colder. I also recommend to bring a Full 3mm or 3/2 anyway, since diving barnacle encrusted wrecks and rigs it is best to have as much protection as possible.

    Shell hunting is best done on the north end of the island. You'll need a 4x4 or be prepared to spend the day walking to get to the really good spots. Jetty dives are cool, but visibility on the Jetties usually doesn't clear up until late June or into July.

    Have fun in Padre.
  6. freedvr

    freedvr Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SPI, TX
    I stand corrected..... went out to the Jetties today and had a good 10 to 20 feet of viz. Doesn't sound like much, but this time of year its usually 10 - 20 inches, so we'll take it. Lots of spearfishers out today.
  7. rakpix

    rakpix Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston, TX
    the clipper should be priority 1, i'll be diving it again may 29! beware strong currents toward low tide, however.

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