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July 31-August 1, 1999

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July 31-August 1, 1999
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Winds were 2-5 out of the East. Seas were for all intents and purposes flat. Unfortunately, in the area of Marathon and Big Pine Keys, the water was extremely dirty. Actually, it looked to me like an algae bloom. The temperatures have been inordinately high lately and with a little bit of rain, these things can happen.

In depths as shallow as 25 feet, the bottom was nearly unidentifiable.

You could still spearfish, you just had to  use a lot more bottom time just in the hunt. You also had to make every shot count, because if you missed, you weren't going to be able to follow from the surface (as I so painfully found out with a 25" Mutton that tore off my spear).

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Sun7Feb2010

August 7-8, 1999

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August 7-8, 1999
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Unfortunately, right after starting this conditions journal, I have experienced a small setback. I am suffering from an inner ear problem which currently prohibits me from spearfishing. I will probably be out of commission for a couple of weeks (at least).  But I guess it's worth it. I'm pretty stone cold deaf in my right ear, and the ringing is enfuriating. Hopefully I will be back in the water soon.

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Sun7Feb2010

August 14-15, 1999

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August 14-15, 1999
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I am still pretty much out of commission. My hearing has returned (most of it anyway), and most of the ringing is gone. I did get to go out this weekend. Unfortunately, I was only driving. But the conditions were as follows: The winds were gusting up to 35 MPH, and storms kept moving up from Key West through the lower and middle keys. It didn't make for a nice weekend for the land lubbers, but you could see bottom from the boat in water as deep as 25-26 feet. Considering the storms, the water near Marathon was not that bad. Seas were 1-3 feet and occasionally bigger depending on your proximity to any specific storm system. It was definitely navigable as long as you weren't going too far offshore.

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Sun7Feb2010

Bull Shark Brush

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Bull Shark Brush
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This story just goes to show that sometimes you get lucky, and you don't even know it until everything has happened.

It was late in August, 1999. We were spearfishing a ledge that we visit from time to time. Usually we find a fair amount of grouper there. But we also know that this late in the summer, we sometimes get a little something extra... a shot at some Cubera Snapper. We don't get to see a lot of these during the peak summer months, so we make extra efforts to come here in the later summer months. The viz, as usual, is only about 15-20 feet. This is a limitation of the area we frequently spearfish in. The stronger currents will usually do one of two things, either the water becomes very clear (rare, but usually around high tide), or it becomes extremely dirty. The latter was the case on this visit to the ledge.

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