8am-outside air temperature – 79 degrees, warming to 91 degrees by 10am. A calm, gentle east wind, 80-degree water temperature with flat seas, a mild north current and visibility of 60-plus feet on the reef.
Vessel & Crew
Private vessel-Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados)
Crew-Ken Udell, Wassim Samra, Ned Jaouhar and myself.
Dive, Dive, Dive
The wind has been almost non-existent the last few weeks, making for calm seas and pristine diving conditions. Our diving today was both scuba diving and freediving along the reefs.
Ned and Wassim teamed up to freedive the reef, and they practiced the one-up-one-down safety technique. They are both accomplished freedivers and spearfisherman, taken courses to properly dive to depths of up to 90 feet. They’ve buddied up together before, Ned is the chef and owner of the Rusty Hook Tavern in Pompano and Wassim is an Oncologist with the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Treatment Center. They were able to land a nice snapper, a few ocean trigger’s and a mackerel.
Ken and I scuba dove together on the same reef, north of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing pier, however, we didn’t land any fish. It’s not to say we didn’t see any fish, but they heard us and swam away before we had a chance to land them.
Todays match up of freediving versus scuba diving in spearfishing resulted in Ned and Wassim taking the prize of the most fish. As I tell folks, it’s not easy to spear a fish while on scuba, because they are alerted we’re in the water by our sounds and bubbles. The stealth ability of freediving has a better success rate for spearing fish. Thankfully, in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, we can “Dive it All.”