Posted by Eric S on September 26, 2006 at 20:47:18:|
It was Sunday morning and I suddenly got a whim to go diving. I scraped together some gear in about 5 minutes and was gone by 9:30.
I made it out to the end and the jetty took an abrupt left turn so I new that I was on my way back in on the inside this time. There were some very interesting rocky structures all along this jetty. Some of the boulders they used are as big as trucks. In some cases they form caves big enough to swim through. At the end of the jetty the surge vanished and I noticed a marine life change, there where a lot more big stars and very large anemones. I brought a big yellow game bag with me hoping to find some scallops but I didnít see one. I figured there may be some because the harbor is loaded with them.
What I did see instead was some gigantic red rock crabs, and I mean HUGE. I went on a rock crab hunting frenzy instead. First I tried grabbing them and trying to wrestle them into the bag but that proved very difficult because they would grab onto the metal hoop and not let go. It was fight on! You canít grab one claw and try and undo it because theyíll nail you with the other one and they have some really mean strong claws, and their fast too! These crabs were over 6 inches; the size limit for these crabs is 4 inches.
I also saw a very large angel shark, at least I think it was an angel shark? The front of it kind of looked like a ray but it had a tail and the body of a shark. It was about 6 feet long. It just laid there as I swam over it. I grabbed a few more crabs and decided to head in.
The jetties are easy to find. If you want to go to the south one then you have to enter into Doran Park and drive all the way to the end. There is a fee to enter the park.
Depth: 15 feet max.
Terrain: Huge rocks and boulders used to build jetty and going down to a sandy bottom on the outside and a rock studded mud bottom on the inside.
Hunting: Good for abalone, occasional lings, some surf perch, Rock and Dungeness crabs. Halibut out over the sand.
Photography: Maybe on a calm day but not generally recommended.
Other tips: The outside of the breakwall (exposed side) can get very surgy. Avoid getting slammed repeatedly into the rocks. Give yourself some room.
Special hazards: Watch for fishing line and other derelict fishing gear. There are dozens of abandoned crab traps along the jetty wall with the rope still attached.
I almost forgot; I would highly recommend against diving under the channel to get from one side to the other. Itís not that deep and any screw up causing you to go to the surface could lead to you having your head taken off by a boat.
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