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Tue21May2013

May 18, 2013 - My Grouper Opening (and work related disasters)

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2013 | May 20, 2013 | Print
grouper, #41
May 18, 2013 - My Grouper Opening (and work related disasters)
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Seas:
2-4'
Winds:
10-20 ESE
Viz:
20-45'
Temp:
78F

It was a little upsetting for me to realize as I sat down to compose this week's blog that I hadn't even gotten around to composing my usual "Foreward" blog at the beginning of this year. It was even sadder for me to think that it was because I hadn't been in the water since December 26. So in efforts to combat my sadness and keep up my word count on my blogs (like anyone else is counting - or even reading) this one turned out a little long (which is particularly odd since I only got to dive one day... but more on that in my excessively wordy blog). Enjoy!

So I wasn't able to dive…

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Wed29May2013
May 25-27, 2013 - Memorial Day-Wind and Seas, sure... but fish were in the boat
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Seas:
1-3(am)
3-5(pm)
Winds:
10-20 ENE (am)
20-25 ENE (pm)
Viz:
30-50'
Temp:
81F

This week's forecast was calling for a fairly typical Memorial Day weekend, rainy and windy. But what were the chances that those charlatan voodoo witch doctors (more commonly known as meteorologists) would get it right this week? I've lost count of the number of times the meteorological evangelists promised wonderfully light winds and calm seas only for me to make the hike and arrive to find weather conditions that only the cast and crew of "Deadliest Catch" would consider to be good. Typically, we're calling into question which dime store bubble gum machine their credentials were purchased from, but this time they nailed it (of course they did, the forecast was crap).…

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Thu13Jun2013

June 8-9, 2013 - Really, you shot her there?!?!

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2013 | June 12, 2013 | Print
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June 8-9, 2013 - Really, you shot her there?!?!
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Seas:
2-4'
Winds:
10-20 ESE
Viz:
45-50'
Temp:
81F

 So we head down this weekend without too much in the expectation department since it had been raining with 20-40 mph winds almost incessantly the entire week. While at work on Thursday, I take a quick glance at the forecast to see there was still a small craft advisory in effect and a call for 2-4' seas on Sat increasing to 3-5 on Sunday. Heading home from work Friday in what seemed like my umpteenth torrential downpour this week, I'm not too encouraged as the rain was supposed to have subsided by today in the aftermath of Andrea, our first tropical storm in the region of the now a 7 day old hurricane season. Pummeled all week by record rainfall and high winds, it seemed like the only thing the weather was going to be good for was drinking (ok, it doesn't sound that bad when I phrase it that way)...…

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Fri28Jun2013

June 22-23, 2013 - A grouper of my very own (actually, two)

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2013 | June 28, 2013 | Print
grouper
June 22-23, 2013 - A grouper of my very own (actually, two)
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Seas:
1-3'
Winds:
10-15 ESE
Viz:
45'+
Temp:
82F

In spite of the lack of a blog for last week, it was actually a good hunting weekend as we found big mangroves on the patch reefs for the first time this Summer. In fact, I shot what was probably one of my biggest mangroves yet, weighing in that 6-7lb class. I didn't think it merited a blog though, since I got it on a make up shot because my brother in law had missed it and we wanted to make sure it didn't hightail it out of the staghorn before we had a chance to boat it. Nonetheless, a great catch. That coupled with the awesome 28lb black the team brought in the week before has really made for some happy fisherman on our boats. We're not even that jealous of our friends that have made 2 trips to Cay Sal in as many weeks. But I longed for a big catch of my very own.…

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