|Diving the Other End of the Bay|
Posted by Patrick on November 19, 2012 at 11:32:41:|
In Reply to: Re: Cold, wet day? Perfect day to dive! posted by Andy on November 18, 2012 at 19:40:54:
To fill in a bit on Andy’s summary; there was a fair amount of debate as to whether we should chance a trip with the weather and swell forecast so threatening. The decision to go was based on previous experiences when we launched with sketchy forecasts and had great diving and our usual motto, “If you don’t go, you don’t know”. Despite some light rain at the beginning nearly all was very good. No one at the launch ramp so launch and parking were a piece of cake. A bit of traffic on the way out dodging Loyola and UCLA multi-person racing sculls training in the harbor and in the channel was no big deal. Once clear of the harbor, dark skies, but glassy seas with just a light wind from the east.
Threatening skies over Santa Monica
Jumps on some of the local rock piles produced a few bugs and nice vis. 15-20 feet. Cindy held off the first jumps since she wanted to take pictures. Since we were toward the north end of the bay and the vis was good, we decided to drop on the Star of Scotland for a photo dive and to see how the GBS population was doing. Water was beautiful - 30+ feet vis – until we hit about 40-feet on the descent. The water turned gray-green and visibility dropped to an ugly five or six feet. We killed some pixels, saw a couple of small GBS and Cindy, trading her artistic photographer persona for the hunter persona, snagged a bug just before we called the dive. Scratching the photography for the rest of the day we went back to searching lobster spots.
Corynactis-covered bit on the Star
Grasshopper lets me hold her bag…
Capt. Cindy & Capt. Patrick with a rainy day’s catch
Another great day on Santa Monica Bay.
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