|Dive Report – 04/12/08 – LA Harbor – Horseshoe Kelp 3rd time's a charm...|
Posted by Patrick on April 13, 2008 at 17:14:23:|
Between work and weather, it had been five weeks since I’d been in the water and I needed to dive. I checked my log, and this had been my longest dry spell in the last 13 years. I needed to soak in salubrious saline.
At the Gambler site, conditions looked good. Typical vis is usually in the 2 to 7-foot range, and we feel lucky when we can get that upper end. Today, we found something rare and special; vis was 20-foot plus. The Gambler is a wooden ship and in some areas you can see the immense size of the timbers used in its construction. Structural timbers 18” to 24” are pretty standard, but some are up to 30” square. Thanks to some container vessel that dragged her anchor through the bow of the Gambler, many of these structural timbers are exposed and easy to see – when there is visibility. Water was warmer here – clear up to a scorching 52 degrees on the bottom and 55 degrees on the surface! The piscatorial residents were home, with sand bass, calicos, sheephead, rubberlip and the other usual suspects obvious in the myriad nooks and crannies of the wreck. One thing the excellent visibility revealed was the tremendous amount of fishing line and cable wrapped throughout the wreck. It showed how lucky we’d been in the past, and how cautious we’d need to be on future limited visibility dives on this wreck. This is definitely a dive you make with several sharp, cutting tools.
Back at the launch ramp, we found an interesting situation; A slightly different way to use the ramp to recover your boat…
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