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Mon24Mar2014

March 8, 2014 - My long awaited debut / Foreword 2014

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2014 | March 24, 2014 | Print
hogfish, foreword, Miami, sheepshead
March 8, 2014 - My long awaited debut / Foreword 2014
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NNE 10-15mph 2-3' falling to 1-2' 20-25' 80F

 

Another year begins without an early opportunity for a foreword... As I get older (and grumpier) it seems like I get to do what I want less and less. That's not to say that what I do (soccer tournaments, band competitions, college days, work - ugh, etc) is less important or even that I would change it if I could (not all the time anyway), but these landlocked activities and responsbilities definitely encroach on the time that I used to be able to take advantage of for my pastimes. Once again it's been way too long since my last dive (not to mention my last blog) and so it's with much anticipation that…

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Tue25Mar2014

March 23, 2014 - Mutton Huntin' in Pompano

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2014 | March 25, 2014 | Print
mutton, snapper, pompano, lesser amberjack, amberjack, winter
March 23, 2014 - Mutton Huntin' in Pompano
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Wind Seas Viz Temp
NW 5-10mph 1-2' 20-25' 75F

It seems like once you break the ice of making it out the first time, all your subsequent attempts at getting out on the water just seem to come a little easier. So with another good weather forecast on the horizon this week, I started the calls on Wednesday to see who might be interested in another outing this weekend. After connecting with the usual suspects, my brother in law and I decided to go out on Sunday as the forecast was just a little better for that day. We had a couple of extra hands on the boat this week as a friend of my brother in law's was joining us for his first exposure to free diving and spearfishing and my nephew Danny was in town for a week after getting out of Naval Boot Camp before moving on to his next station. After spending the winter in Chicago (of all places) for boot camp, he was looking forward to getting back to warm weather and do some diving with his old man and uncle.…

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May 24-26, 2014 - Memorial Day - Finally, a break from the April winds (in May)!
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Wind Seas Viz Temp
NW 5-10mph 1-2' 20-25' 75F

The winds had been incessant all through April and as May came around there was no end in sight. Throughout the month, everyone was landlocked and cabin fever was setting in with the fishermen I knew (and liquor stores were running low). So as the forecast for Memorial Day kept looking so good, there were 3 factions: 1) those that didn't believe it (Memorial Day historically has bad weather), 2) those that would sell their Grandmothers to get out that weekend and 3) those that didn't believe, but had their Grandmothers on standby. As the weekend drew closer, more and more Grandmothers feared for their lives... …

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Wed11Jun2014

May 31-June 1, 2014 - Dolphin Saturday then Grouper Sunday

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Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2014 | June 10, 2014 | Print
grouper, dolphin, mahi, bluewater
May 31-June 1, 2014 - Dolphin Saturday then Grouper Sunday
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Wind Seas Viz Temp
NW 12-18mph 2-4' 25-45' 79F

This week was a "Boys Weekend" as all the girls and kids decided to stay home and we were hoping to get out for some offshore trolling for dolphin and maybe even get a chance to jump in and shoot a couple. So we woke up bright and early Saturday morning to see who else in the campground was ready and willing to head out into the deep blue yonder. Much to our surprise, we were the only mice stirring that morning so we decided to drop in the big boat and head out on our own. As I'm motoring to park the boat, our dolphin specialist neighbor Rob is up and about so I stop by to share our plans and we decide to head out on his boat instead (he's totally setup for this stuff). So I park, we load up our gear and off we go into the deep blue.…

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