8am-outside air temperature - 75 degrees, warming to 86 degrees by 10am. A very light west-southwest wind, 77-degree water temperature with flat seas, a mild north current and visibility of 100 feet in 700 feet of water.
Vessel & Crew
Private vessel-Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados)
Crew-Farrell Tiller, Anthony Planas, Megan Nichole Romine, Fransisco Loffredi, Cody Bandura, Garrett Abernathy and myself.
Dive, Dive, Dive
The ocean conditions have been flat, allowing us to venture offshore for some Bluewater hunting. The weed line has been solid, bringing in mahi and other fish. The greater Fort Lauderdale area is a great location for Bluewater hunting as the gulfstream comes within five miles of our coast with depths of over hundreds of feet. And with these conditions it means only one thing…Big Fish!
Anthony, Farrell, Cody and Garrett were part of the Florida Atlantic University Freediving and Spearfishing Club with a lot of experience for young guys their age. Fransisco is a world class freediver and spearfisherman, so he was a nice addition to the crew. Megan has been freediving for a little while but still new to the Bluewater hunting.
Armed with “flashers” and chum, we selected a few weed patches to work for fish. The water is an incredible, brilliant blue color allowing visibility of over a hundred feet. The gulfstream has a north current and as we pulled up to a weed patch, a school of yellow colored mahi passed right by the boat. We jumped into the water, but it was too late, as we couldn’t bring them back to us.
This is a new type of fishing, but it is showing promise at certain times of the year. The beauty is it’s a great way to spend time on the water with great friends. Sadly, no fish were landed in today’s adventure, but that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching.