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Posted by Musicalmike on January 11, 2006 at 14:36:14:

The Santa Ana's were blowing when we reached the Oxnard marina and once we got to the break wall we were greeted with sunny skies, 30 mile visibility and a light wind chop. We made the crossing to the East end arch in less then 30 minutes and set up on the front side of the west end in about 50'. Iím not sure what you call either of the two sites we dove. With our trusty spear guns in hand we pulled off our Sea hunt back rolls into the water and descended into 20-30' viz.
The water was cold @ 55 on the surface and with the old raggedy, compressed wetsuit I had the only solution was to suffer. The reef was sparse and the urchins ran the bank. Only saw a few 1-2lb calicos and not too much life. I was searching for lobster and scallops, but found nada. Back on the surface we started our SI and headed back down to arch rock and setup about a 1/2mile west of it.
The current had picked up pretty good and the kelp was laying down. After dropping in for the second dive we found a thick, lush forest of rocks and kelp. The reef was thick with small baitfish, perch, and good size calicos. We did run into a couple bull sheapheads (at least 15lbs each) that were too slow to shoot, and a few nice size females. The reef was thick with nice size scallops and limits were easy.
It was an amazing day on the water for the middle of February. So Cal rocks!!!

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