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The Last Annual Halibut Hunt


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Posted by Chris on July 13, 2009 at 10:58:07:

Last Friday and Saturday I went on the last Sea Sons Annual Halibut hunt trip aboard the Peace. I went for the first time last year and had a great time.
The Sea Sons have been doing this for years However their numbers are dwindling since they have not had a new member in years. That combined with the economy reducing the number of divers have forced them to make this the last of their trips.
This year we were scheduled to go to Nic, but the weather dictated that we go to Santa Cruz. The water at Cruz was 58°F. The water was very green and the visibility ranged from 5 to 15 feet. It changed even at the same depth as I swam.
There were six halibut taken on the trip by four divers. Don Thompson got two, Travis got two, Bill Skwarlo got one, and I got one. We did six dives on day one and four on day two. On day one I saw one short, and many bat rays & angel sharks. On day two I saw nothing than on the last dive as I was heading back to the boat, my air was down to 600 psi, and I was just about to unload the gun when I saw the fish. I took the shot and the vis quickly went from 5 feet to zero. I worked up the spear line, found the fish and tore out it's gills. I then pulled the spear out of the sand, grabbed the gun spear and fish and headed for the surface. I was about 20 yards behind the boat when I surfaced.
I sad to see the trip end, because I really enjoy the hunt and enjoyed going to sites that normally are not visited.
Here are my pictures from the trip.

©2009, Chris Grossman


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John Higgins
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Sunrise
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Fidel Luna
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Don Thompson
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Mike Kass
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Pual Ross & Steve Sanford
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Chef Joe
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Chef Joe
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Pual Ross
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Steve Sanford
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Chef Joe
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Fidel Luna
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David Vilhauer
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Steve Sanford
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Steve Sanford
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Bill Skwarlo
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Bill Skwarlo
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David Vilhauer
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Chris Grossman

Chris Grossman's Underwater Photography
2009 Chris Grossman, diver.net




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