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June 23-July 1, 2007

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2007 | July 01, 2007 | Print
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Sat 6/23
Winds:
East 5-10
Seas: 1-2 ft
Surf Temp: 82 F
Viz: 20-25 ft
Finally some weather worth diving for...
The winds have laid down for about 4-5 days now and we are finally get back to business. The water is calm and a wonderful temperature too. We didn't catch a whole lot, but at least we got back in the water. Just the usual suspects today, black grouper and mangrove snapper. Still, it felt good to get back in the water after the last few weeks.

 

Sun 6/24
Winds:
East 5
Seas: 1-2 ft
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 15-20 ft
Dolphin fishing on a perfectly flat day 16-18 miles out! A little afternoon low tide action let us gather up some blacks and mangroves too!

Mon 6/25
Winds:
East 5
Seas: 1-3 ft
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 15-20 ft
Only one dive today, but what a dive! It started out a little slow with a lot of swimming and not a lot of fish. But changing locations can always make a difference and this time for the better. We swam for about an hour and didn't really run into any large quantity of fish. We were getting onesie twosies, but no real numbers. We then decided to move to a different spot, because the tide had switched and we figured we should move to a spot where a drift dive was possible. This was the best idea of the short summer. I landed my personal best mutton snapper (about 14 lbs) and a couple of very good size black groupers. There is a lesson to be learned here and that is that if there are no fish, don't keep working the same reef or area hoping to find that illusive fish. Move on, chances are if you haven't seen them, you're not going to. Its always hard to leave a spot, because every spearfisherman always knows that the second you leave a spot, that big fish is going to come out! But like I said, if you hadn't seen it until then (or really if you just aren't seeing fish traffic), then you probably won't run into him if you work that area too long. Move on and you may be rewarded... We were!

Tue 6/26
Winds:
SE 20-25
Seas: 4-7 ft
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 30-35 ft
Offshore dolphin fishing today. Unfortunately we ended up with nothing to show for it after going 32 miles offshore. 1100 feet deep and not a single dolphin to jump in on. The sad part was how clean the reef was as we passed over it on our way offshore. We passed over some reefs in about 30-40 feet of water and I swear I could see every rock as we  headed offshore at about 25mph. Oh well, we'll get 'em next time.

Wed 6/27
Winds:
SE 10-15
Seas: 2-4 ft
Surf Temp: 81 F
Viz: 25-35 ft
This trip was mostly for fuel and ice, but we did get a couple. A few nice mangroves and a couple of muttons is all we had to show for a rough day (or rather, afternoon) on the water. The seas were still about 3-5 with occasional 6 footers which made for some extra deep diving even on the shallow reefs. Luckily we found some clean water and a couple of fish to shoot at.

Thu 6/28
Winds:
SE 5-10
Seas: 1-2 ft
Surf Temp: 81 F
Viz: 25-35 ft
 

Fri  6/29
Winds:
NW 5-10
Seas: 1-2 ft
Surf Temp: 81 F
Viz: 50+ ft at most offshore patch reefs
 

Sat  6/30
Winds:
NE 5-10
Seas: 1-2 ft
Surf Temp: 81 F
Viz: 30 ft
Well, high tide has been a little dirty lately, so this morning we decided to head offshore right away. We headed out around 9:30am and headed for some spots that we hadn't hit since last summer. The last time we hit this spot, we were able to rack up some formidable mangroves, but the water was extremely dirty. We actually couldn't even see the bottom (about 36-40ft) from the surface. This time was a little different. Although the viz was not optimal, we were just able to make out movement on the bottom from the surface.

My first drop was on a gag grouper that I had just made out from the surface. She was just hovering over the ledge when I dropped in on her and gave her a shot. It wasn't a perfectly placed shot, but luckily it held and I was able to haul her in. From there we hit a couple of other spots and I was able to land another grouper (a black) and more than a few nice sized mangroves. Overall, it was a great day in spite of my head cold. Fortunately, the head cold didn't affect my sinuses so I was still able to equalize normally.

Sun 7/1
Winds:
NW 5-10
Seas: 1-3 ft
Surf Temp: ?? F
Viz: ?? ft
Last day in paradise and time to head back to reality. Just enough time to clean up, pack up and get outta town. What can I tell you, work sucks , but at least it pays for the spearfishing.

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