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SpearBlog 2009


Winter Diving Blogs (Foreword 2009)

Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2009 | February 15, 2009 | Print

Unfortunately, I have gotten a late start on the winter diving this year. I had two earlier opportunities to go diving this winter, but both were undermined by work responsibilities. What can I say, it pays the bills. Finally this past weekend (2/15/09), I was able to get out on a decent weather day to do some diving and (I thought) some spearfishing. Unfortunately we didn't have much luck this day (as evidenced by the total lack of pictures for this trip's catch. The day started out great with mild west winds around 10mph and flat seas out of Port Everglades well into the blue water. We ended up around 6-7 miles offshore in beautiful blue water. The problem was, that was all there was... water. No birds, no flotsam or jetsam nothing that even remotely looked like it could hold fish.


May 3-4, 2009

Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2009 | May 05, 2009 | Print

Seas: 5-7 feet
Winds: 15-20 SE
Temp: 74 F
Viz: 30-35 feet
I decided to make an overnight trip this weekend and take a Monday off for the heck of it. I was hoping to be able to get into some snapper since the forecast had the weekend winds dying down (and hopefully the seas as well). Unfortunately, as you might have noticed from the stats above, neither of those things happened. The viz was awesome, but you had to weather some serious seas to fish it.


May 9, 2009

Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2009 | May 10, 2009 | Print

Seas: 1-3 feet (rollers)
Winds: 5-10 SSE
Temp: 78 F
Viz: 30-35 feet
We got in late Friday night and did a little unloading and setup for our first full weekend before hitting the sack around 3am. I was up early anyway and started cleaning up and laying out some of the items that we stored all winter in the RV's storage compartments. My brother-in-law rolled in to the campground around 8:30a or so and we began laying out the astro turf (so nobody complains about how hard or rocky the ground is) and the other necessary equipment for successful weekend camping (like barbecues and stuff). High slack was supposed to be around 12:00-12:30p so we figured we had some time to get all this out of the way before heading out.


May 16-17, 2009

Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2009 | May 18, 2009 | Print

Seas: 5-8 feet
Winds: 20-25 ESE
Temp: 78 F
Viz: 5 feet
We pulled in late Friday night after a brief (who am I kidding?) legal discussion of highway driving with a friendly Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy. According to friends that arrived before us, the winds picked up around 9p. There weren't too many storms, but the winds didn't let up all night. Up before the crack of dawn Saturday morning, we found the conditions had actually deteriorated even more from the night before. High tide was too early to dive so we sat around trying to stay out of the wind waiting for everyone else to wake up and prepare breakfast.