Excellent Beach Dive Conditions Today: Report of Old Marineland (Long Point)

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Posted by Walt Divinotter on November 12, 2005 at 17:40:51:

The swell models, NOAA forecasts, tides the local weather, and abscence of a red tide all came together today to provide wonderful dive conditions. If you're thinking about going out for a beach dive - do it!

Dive 1 - 9:48 AM slack tide. Chute rocky entry at the point, UW south to deeper water reef for exploration, then back UW along shore to the cobble beach cove for an exit. Time: 48 min max 49' avg 29' temp 62 F vis 20' - 30'. Highlights: 1 Giant black sea bass 3' 80# , visited with 2 octopus, lots of large scallops, couple of short bugs, discovered about 10' of large chain from the wreck.

Dive 2 - 11:35 AM 1 hr before low. Cobble entry, swam around reef to east and explored table rock reefs along bottom heading more or less toward San Pedro; returned when it turned to sand. Time 59 min. 35' max 23' avg 62 F vis around 15'. Highlights: school of 50 or so 12 - 18" baracuda at start of dive, found and fed 9 octopus (a record), usual seniortia, calico, garibaldi, just 1 short bug. If you remove your glove near the octopus' lair and wiggle your fingers, the inquisitive creature will reach out and grasp your hand - really cool!

Gear is washed and all is wonderful with the world!

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