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Sun7Feb2010

May 25-27, 2002 - Memorial Day

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2002 | February 07, 2010 | Print
May 25-27, 2002 - Memorial Day
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Winds: Variable direction (mostly  northerly) 20-30 mph
Seas: 1-3 near land and structures  3-5 inside the reef
Surf Temp: +/- 78  F
Viz: 10-25 feet
Not exactly what I call ideal  conditions, but you could get in the water. The water was chilly, for South Florida, anyway.  You could acclimate to the water temperature, but after a while you needed a  break. Viz was variable, depending on the tide, with low tides being the worst.  It wasn't the typical rainy Memorial Day weekend by any stretch. The full moon,  however was wreaking havoc with the current and tides. Tides were extreme high  and low, and slack was mostly non-existent (tides switched almost instantly).  Currents were probably in the 6-8 knot range. Holding a position was near  impossible to do once the tide got going in either direction.

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Sun7Feb2010

June 8-9, 2002

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June 8-9, 2002
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Winds: (Saturday) 2-5 Variable
Seas: (Saturday) 2-3 inside the reef, 2-3 outside the reef
Surf Temp: +/- 84 F
Viz: 25-30 feet
Unfortunately, due to some mechanical difficulties, we were only able to dive Saturday morning, but the morning was very nice. High tide was at about 10:30am, and we were about an hour early. We fought the incoming tide for about 30 minutes before it started to slacken up. After that we got a good 45 minutes of slack tide, where we were really able to make up some ground. We moved along quickly, as we have noticed that the fish seem to get a little scarce once the tide actually switches. We're seeing a lot more grouper this year, which is…

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Sun7Feb2010

June 15-16, 2002

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June 15-16, 2002
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Winds: (Saturday) Southerly 30-40 (with incessent rain)
Seas: (Saturday) Extreme chop, 5-6 (for as far as the eye could see)
Surf Temp: (yeah, like I was going to find out)
Viz: (Not sure, but if I had to guess, 2-3 inches)
Another weekend of crappy weather. This seems to have been going on forever now. Winds were blowing 30-40 mph almost straight out of the south. The seas were milk. We had whitecaps in the marina!  Needless to say, all we did was fix the boat (from last week's difficulties), and got the hell outta Dodge!

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Sun7Feb2010

June 22-23, 2002

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June 22-23, 2002
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Winds: (Saturday) Variable 15-20, (Sunday) Variable 5-10
Seas: Light chop, 2-4 inside the reef, 5-7 outside the reef
Surf Temp: +/- 85F
Viz: 10-15 feet
At least we were able to salvage Sunday out of this weekend. Saturday afternoon wasn't too bad, but the boat didn't want to cooperate, so we spent most of our afternoon working on it. It rained most of Saturday and well into the night. Sunday, we awoke to clear blue skies and calmer (not calm) seas.  We headed out for a morning dive, and came back with a small catch that had a couple of highlights.

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