April 25 on the Mohawk

Let’s see, a forecast for warm air, cold water, and no wind. That translates into fog. Thick fog. Driving down to the shore, the fog quickly slowed traffic to a craw. As we slowly headed out the inlet we could barely see both sides. Once away from the beach, the fog cleared and the sun came out.

Our destination for the day was the Mohawk. The wreck lies in 75 ft of water which allows for some longer bottom time. Danny had us tied into the stern on the starboard side. With only a slight wind and minimal current, the anchor like dropped nearly straight down to the wreck. Reports came back of 44 degrees, and and only 15 ft of vis. That leaves the camera is out. I jumped in to see what the winter storms had done to the wreck. Franky jumped in with Franky Cam 2.0. The addition of a chin strap to prevent loss of the camera.

Sean left his pole spear by the anchor for me, but I left it in favor of just having fun. Perhaps the sun was up higher in the sky, but the vis looked more like 25-30. I swam down the port side inspecting an nook with evidence of excavation. There were a few small bugs, but no keepers. Many holes were occupied by eel pouts rather than lobsters. A few seabass popped up here and there, and a number of smaller tog. Up by the pilot house there were a few nice size tog hanging out. There seemed to be a lot of yellow sponge laying in the debris field. Here and there whole sections of the wreckage were covered with large anemones, outstretched in the still water.

Clearing the wheelhouse, I heard engines off in the distance. Time to get off the wreck. On the way back to the stern, I inspected pieces out in the sand. Again, the holes were mostly empty, with only shorts left. Divers brought up winter flounder, tog Seabass and pictures.

The breeze had picked up enough to blow out the fog, and we had a smooth ride home.

The Independence is heading out May 2 and 3. Contact Capt Dan for spots @ 732-232-7878

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