8am-outside air temp-77 degrees warmed to 90 by mid-day. The water temperature has warmed to 82 degrees with calm winds and 40-foot of visibility with a gentle north current. Summer diving is officially here.
Vessel & Crew
Private vessel-Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas)
Crew-Tom Campbell, Helen Rodney, Carmine Dilorenzo and myself. We had Bruce Paul driving the boat.
Dive, Dive, Dive
I got an opportunity to dive with Helen allowing Tom and Carmine to dive together with Bruce driving the boat. Drift diving with a driver allows both groups of divers to cover a lot of reef. We are all members of the South Florida Spearfishing Club spearfishing.org and equally proficient at landing fish. Today’s result was an assortment, which makes for a great day on the water. We were primarily diving the third reef off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea where the reef structure is 50 feet at the top and 65 feet at the sandy bottom. This reef is one half mile off the beach and the coastline is easily viewed from our diving locations.
This is also the time of year when it’s summer-type dive conditions with warm ocean water and calm seas. Our visibility has been decent with very mild currents. The diving conditions have been nothing short of spectacular.
While spearfishing, we are high off the reef, looking for fish. But this time of year, knowing spiny lobster mini-season is only a few weeks away, we’re also doing a little scouting. We did find some lobster on the reef, but they weren’t clustered together. Lobsters move around this time of year so we’re looking for areas that potentially hold a lot.
It was a very productive day with an assortment of fish ranging from mackerel, to hogfish, and even some yellow jack. At the end of the day we split the fish among all of us, giving everyone a taste of each species.