Top Dawg (1/20/2010)thanks they do get huge out there.Have you ever been spearfishing out there
I have been freediving-spearfishing deep water oil rigs a few times last year.The deepest we were on was in about 1000 fw.
Yes,sharks are there I've seen plenty in 3-13ft range. The first thing I've seen when I jumped into the water on every trip we made was a shark.There were mostly circling around the rig and not aggressive except a few smaller once, but a little punch helped keep them away. I remember I was trying to count them and ended up with over 20-30 sharks in sight. Dusky,Black tip and I dont know what else was out there. My buddies were on scuba diving inside of the rigs(well over 200ft on air),while I was outside freediving looking for pelagic(which I unfortunately haven't seen) The top layer of murky water around 20ft deep a then it opened to over 100ft of viz.in the nice blue water. We got some cobia,huge AJ's, lobsters but we weren't lucky with pelagic I guess because of we weren't in deep-deep waters(1000ft not enough for tunas?) and that dirty layer on top.
Be careful out there it is not just sharks,we had a pretty strong current on one trip and I had to tied a rope to the structure and hold on it while resting between freedives. I also hit a round pipe on my ascent really hard, it cut my hair off and split open my scalp even I had a 3.5mil hood on so you better keep your hand over head or look up.For a freediving in my view a nice clear blue water can make you easy forget how deep you are, and force you to go a few feet deeper...the pipe below looks so close I can go there and there is another one is not much deeper and so on, and then I ended up at 120ft even I was planning don't go below 80ft since you have to swim up very carefully and slow if you don't want to smash your skull and your ascent takes a little bit longer then usually.
Don't forget a buddy when you freediving..
I'll try to post a video from this oil rig.Its very bad because the new wide angle lens I put on my camera was leaking and getting foggy - those dark shadows are sharks the viz was well over 100ft