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NC Coastal Dive Reports
Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:25 pm
Did two dives with Aquatic Safaris Saturday with frequent dive buddy MIchael Martin. Slightly rough but blue skies on the way out. Number of flying fish. First dive at Sue's ledge which is 26 miles out. 90 to top of the ledge. Bit over 100 at the bottom of the ledge. Viz about 30 ft on the bottom. Blue water above 40ft. Very little current. Lots of big angel fish. Number of grouper and tropicals including butterfly fish. Nice ledge dive. Seas laid down a bit as the day went on. Second dive was at the Hyde. 18 miles off shore, 80 ft to the sand, 50 to the boat. Slight current. Beautiful conditions. Viz around 80 ft. You could see the wreck and big sharks from the hangbar under the boat. Lots of fish. Number of large sharks circling the boat. Usual sand tigers but there were also a number of big sand bars also hanging around. Somebody saw a big ray. A great Hyde dive.
Funniest moment was when Michael was using his flashlight to peer under a stabilizer fin on the Hyde and an 8 ft sand bar came up and peered over his shoulder from less than 3 ft away and then quietly swam off when it saw Michael was not scaring up lunch. Michael never knew until I told him later.
Bunch from Utah on the boat. Some doing some of their first dives and all new to NC diving. They got a great introduction.
All in all a great day on the water. More photos on my Facebook page.
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:47 pm
Dove the Dredge and the Stone with Aquatic Safaris. 12 miles off shore and 65 ft deep. Nice sunny day. A ENE wind picked up during the day so the seas got pretty sloppy. Viz was about 15 ft. Hazy on top. Thermocline at about 30 ft. 76 at the bottom. Lots of life at both sites. Bait balls, and a number of small species. Hard to see past the fish some times. Some flounder at both sites. Found my first NC frogfish on the Dredge Wreck. Dove with several Raleigh Area Divers including Al, Tommy, Rick, Eric, and Jimmy. Fun day on the water. Not the best day for pictures with the particulate but moew photos are up on Facebook.
Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:22 pm
Dove the Hyde today with Michael Martin on the ASII. 18 miles offshore. 82 ft to the sand. 60 ft to the deck. Strong thermocline at 30 ft with bottom temp of 73 degrees. Viz varied from 30 ft to 20 feet except when you where completely encased in large bait balls. Then it was one foot. Once I was encased in a school of baitfish when all of a sudden they spread out to form a sphere around me. Looked to my left and saw the reason. 3 feet away was a young 5 ft sand tiger keeping me company. Lots of life all over the wreck. Saw the largest amberjack I have ever seen in the water. I caught a 52 pounder once and it was in that class maybe bigger. Saw a couple nudibranchs one new to NC. If you looked up you saw large bait schools, barracudas, and a couple of cruising adult sand tigers. Some particulate in the water so most photos shot at closer range.
All in all a great day on the water.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:58 pm
Headed for City of Houston wreck 43 miles out with rough seas. Captain decided not to beat us and boat to death and we turned to the Gill only 23 miles out and not as exposed as City of Houston. As we got to the Gill the seas laid down a bit and the sun came out. Two great dives. Water in the 70s. Viz on the wreck 50-60 plus depending on if the sun was out. Blue water. Horizontal viz at 20 fsw was in excess of 80 ft. Saw one shark swim through. Also a big Almaco jack. Large nudibranch. Dove both the bow area and then moved down to the stern area. Quite a few tropicals. Lots of angelfish. Great day of diving with buddy Michael Martin.
Here are some photos. More on facebook.
Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:40 pm
Went back and found the correct links for the pictures. Here are a few of them
Went pack and got the right links:
Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:54 pm
Went out to the Gill and Hyde today with Aquatic Safaris. A full boat on the AS I. We did not know what to expect this early. Seas were 2-3 instead of the predicted calm but no swells so easy diving. Rain held off. And we hit the jackpot for April. Water was similar at both locations. It was blue but hazy with 20 ft of viz on the top but improving as you went down the anchor line and clearest on the bottom. The Gill was a very nice 40 ft plus of viz on the wreck. The Hyde about 30. Water was 70s all the way to the bottom with 71 on the sand on the Gill and 70 on the sand on the Hyde. Hyde had more particulate.
Lots of fish life on both. Saw adult Queen angles on both. Big schools of amberjacks on both. The Gill had lots of large groupers hanging around. Hyde had some smaller ones. Some immature tropicals on the Gill. One butterfly fish.
As we were on top of the Gill with most of the divers starting up a large shark came through and gave most divers a look. A not very good photo showed it was a fairly large sand bar. Couple barracuda.
The pretty side mount tanks are dive buddy Reggie Hunnicutt. White doubles are Brad Richardson. There ware some other RAD and NC Divers on the boat. Good conversations on the boat.
Gill was better for taking photos but took a few on the Hyde.
Great day of diving.
There are more pictures on my Facebook page.
Hmm. These are not appearing like they should. I will try to fix.
Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:13 am
Visibility was maybe 5 feet but more like 3 feet. The ocean was very angry so the sand made it to the rocks. Water temp 45 according to some my computer and watch read 43. Not sure why I didn't get super cold in only a 5mm. Guess it was the excitement to get back in the water. Look forward to warmer water soon!
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