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Mon26Jun2006

June 24-25, 2006

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June 24-25, 2006
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Winds: 8-10 South
Seas: 2-3 feet
Surf Temp: 82-83 F
Viz: 20-35 feet (variable with the tideline)
This weekend started out pretty nice. The weather was agreeable on Saturday to the tune of mild winds and very tolerable seas.

On Saturday, we were able to head out to some of our offshore patch reefs and shoot up the mangoes with enthusiasm. We hit a couple of our favorite patch reefs and shot about 24 of the beautiful snappers, all in a very respectable size range. However, just as the dive was coming to a close, and just when you think they are thinning out and no big ones are left, my brother-in-law has shot one of the biggest mangroves I have ever seen in…

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Tue27Jun2006

June 27, 2006

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June 27, 2006
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Winds: 8-10 West
Seas: 2-4 feet
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 10-15 feet
Today we went to some of our closer spots, due to the lack of visibility at our offshore patch reefs. Visibility was minimal to nil at most locations deeper than 15 feet. To make matters worse, we missed the tide and were only able to shoot fish for about  an hour and a half.

The entire days catch amounted to 1 grouper and 1 hogfish. I was glad to finally catch a grouper. It seems like Jewfish (Goliath Grouper) have moved in and moved out the Black Grouper in most of our spots.

We haven't been able to really get into a groove this week... If it's not the weather, it's…

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Wed28Jun2006

June 28, 2006

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June 28, 2006
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Winds: 5-10 West
Seas: 1-2 feet
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 10-20 feet
Another day of picture perfect weather that doesn't provide perfect conditions. It takes so much longer to clear up the after effects of some bad weather. We have only been able to dive with visibility in our shallower spots (15-20 ft). Luckily, we were able to shoot up some decent size mangoes in a shallow patch reef.

After that, we got a little excited and thought that some of our deeper patch reefs might have cleared up. Unfortunately, we wasted the trip, as the visibility was even worse than the last couple of days. It seems like the tideline just doesn't want to move in close enough to shore to clear…

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Thu29Jun2006

June 29, 2006

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June 29, 2006
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Winds: 10-12 South
Seas: 2-4 feet
Surf Temp: 83 F
Viz: 10-15 feet
Today started out a little slow, but we were rewarded for our continued effortrs by bagging some of our favorite and recently absent quarry, Black Grouper. Not just a Black, but a big Black, at least for this area (34 inches). We haven't bagged a specimen like this for more than a few years (actually, since 2001).

We actually bagged more grouper today than we have for the past couple of weeks. The big one from above, another Black (27 inches) and a relatively small (but legal) Red Grouper (22 inches). It sure was nice to shake off that bad mojo of not getting any Grouper over the past few weeks.…

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