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Old 06-13-2012, 09:08 PM   #1
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Headed out at 8 am today. Clearing the pass it looked like we were headed for a great day. One mile out of the pass the wind picked up. 1-2 turned to 3-4 with a 5 every minute or so. We hit some new numbers 13 miles sw of Pcola pass. First dive vis was 30 ft. No current. One shooter, one non shooter. One snapper came up. 2nd dive (my turn) I dove solo. Shot 2 red snapper. I kid you not (embarresed to say) I shot the same black snapper "3 times." First shot hit him high. 2nd shot hit the exact same spot and pulled the spear again. Third shot I thought I had him. Damn if the spear didn't pull again. He disappeared after that. Hit a 2nd black snapper in the gill plate. 2 5/8 bands and it just bounced off. What are those gill plates made of, ceramic and kevlar!!! Vis on that dive was 30 ft. 3rd dive the other guys drop. This is the 3rd spot. They come up with nada. Most of the bigger fish were off the wrecks on all dives. If you gave chase, they just ran off. Yes I know... fish swim, they don't run . 4th dive, I elected to hit the 2nd spot again (I couldn't find the 4th spot). The vis dropped to 12 ft. All of the fish (worth shooting) on the previous drop had disappeared. Tally for the day, 3 snapper.

I am currently soaking my bones with Jack Daniels. I have not been this beat up in a while. But, we got out, we shot fish, and we made it back. That is success by definition. I will watch the video. If it is not too embarrasing, I will post later lol.

P.S. close to low tide (round 4pm) the vis in the bay was about 5 ft.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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We ran 35 mph all the way to the Antares at 0700! But by the time we finished our dive there it had gotten pretty bad! We went north to dive Penhall and then called it a day. Was a rough ride back in for sure!!
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i fished out of dauphin island today. weather guessers were wrong there too
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NOAA can kiss my........gas........ bill!!! THEY NEVER GET IT RIGHT!!

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:28 PM   #5
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Swander, did you guys see those jellyfish? Cue ball size head with purple spots. Gnarly tentacles? There were several where we were at. Also saw the biggest lionfish to date. It was deep in a hold. If I'da had a pole spear, I could have nailed it. Shoulda tried the powerhead lol.
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We took out of Destin with the same experience. Looked awesome going thru the pass and by noon the wind was cranking and white capping twenty miles out. We limited out on red snapper and brought home a nice cobia and caught a ton of throw back fish like bonita's. But the ride home found 3 to 4's with opposing wind and man it was not fun. I was glad to get back in the pass! Not what we were promised by our NOAA man.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:08 PM   #7
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Tomnmendy- nice haul! The cobes are still popping up here and there.
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Wow, I hope they are a little more accurate on tomorrow's forecast! Glad you guys had fun and made it back safe.
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NOAA always gets it wrong. Go to http://florida-offshore.com/ and then to reefcast. You click on the spot you want to forecast on the map and get a very accurate forecast. Way better than NOAA's 85x20 mile blocks for forecasts.
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