Archive for June, 2005

Balaena, Independence II, June 18, 2005

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Trip Report Balaena, June 18

What a great day to dive! Riding the Independence II we reached the wreck in no time. Coming out of the inlet there were 2-3ft waves, but by the time we hit the wreck, the surface was nearly flat. There was perhaps a 5 kt wind, and the waves were less than one ft. Skies were clear, allowing lots of light onto the wreck. Captains Dan and Jay kept adding up surcharges as time went by ( flat seas, clear skies, clear water… )

This was a shallow Trimix training dive for four of us, with some friends along. (Yes, we’ve all done one on air.) Our instructors, Corey and Lee, gave us last minutes instructions, and we split up into teams. Gene was on board sharing some great sea stories, as well as history on many or the wrecks in the area. He set the hook as the rest of us suited up.

Bill and I went in last giving us lots of room to gear up. By the time we went in there were divers hanging on the line. The vis today was around 30 ft. which is incredible for the mud hole. Winter flounder were all over, unfortunately they are out of season. There were a few seabass, and tog. Eel pouts were in every crevice. There were a few lobster, but they were safe from me (I’m not good at getting them). Dave and Joe did get some lobster. The bottom was 48 degrees which continued up to about 50 ft. The real change in temp was at the 20 ft stop. This made the intermediate stops a little cold on mix. Hitting 20ft and 60 deg water was quite a relief.

During the surface interval Cptn Dan fired up the new grill. Both hot and sweet sausage sandwiches. There was talk of throwing one of the lobsters on the grill, but no one volunteered their catch. Jay came back from his dive with reports of sharks on the hang line. There we had two more surcharges, shark sighting, and grilling. This was setting up to be an expensive trip!

Rolling in on the second dive, there were a few dog fish under the boat checking out the hanging divers. On the bottom, there was a large Monkfish caught in a net right under the anchor. While I was tempted to grab him, I was not sure what the boat’s policy was on them. (Some boats do not want them aboard do to the slime.) Dog fish stayed at the edge of vis as we swam around. Again flounder and eel pout were everywhere. There were a few nice Pollock, but I did not bring my spear. Corey came up with a lobster on this dive and a large piece of drift wood with a brass spike.

Headed back in, the racks filled up quickly. I think Lee was out before the engines started. We were quickly back at the dock logging yet another great dive.

Thanks all for a great day !!!!

The Arundo on the Spring Tide

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Team Diver Services joined up with Captain Tom Wall of the Spring Tide, for a nice day out on the Arundo. Divers included Joe Rogers, Dave Schott, Dave Oldham, Roger Patton, Rob Lyscowitz, Jeff Boyd and myself. The sky was overcast as we cleared the inlet and set a course for the Arundo We had a full boat of excited divers as we hooked the wreck on the first shot,within minutes the ball was up and the pool was open,a thank you to the boat Home Wrecker which let us share the wreck. As the divers returned from the first dive the talk was of all the spiny dogfish around the wreck and the brisk bottom temp which ranged from 42 to 46,also the viz was 20 feet. The second dive was much the same, no bugs but some fish taken, once the water gets into the high 40′s the fish and bugs will start to come back. We checked out a few numbers on the way back but they will have to wait for another day,the sun put in a short spell as we headed for home and were back in good time.