Posted by Captain Tim Burke on October 23, 2001 at 00:15:42:
Ships log, 10/22/01
This weekend started with a 2-day trip. We started at SBI and did pretty well as far as hunting for bugs goes. We grabbed about 20 the first day, a little slow. But the water was clear and calm. As the day progressed, most of the divers wanted to go to San Nic. We did not make it there the first day, because of the swell. Things changed, swells decreased and off we went. Capt. Dave took us to San Nic and our first dive was at the light in Dutch Harbor. Nothing was brought onboard and we headed for the anchorage. 2 bugs were taken here, and then we started home. A long 8-hour trip. All in all a good trip. Forgot to mention, Wes grabbed a very nice 6# bug at night at SBI. He also limited out. Animal. Hope to have him and his friends back soon.
We went to San Clemente on a gamble. Capt. Dave and myself opted for 9 fathoms. A chance that if the swells picked up, or the current was too strong, we would have a problem. Well, not for Capt. Dave, he gets to try and go to sleep about an hour from the dive sight. If you do not know this, Dave takes the boat out, while I try to sleep. After about 3 to 4 hours I take over. Anyway, we made it to San Clemente, 9 fathoms, made a great dive there then off to West Harbor. The second dive was ok, with the hunters bringing up several Calico Bass. The third dive was also good, with a couple of bugs coming onboard. The forth dive was really good. I was just cruising, when I found a very nice rock reef that came up from 90' to 45'. I Backed down on it and everyone had a great dive. One on the divers grabbed a short bug, let it go to find a Black Sea Bass interested in the bug. I tried to eat it I think, and followed the diver for the rest of the trip. DM John gets the FARMER OF THE DAY AWARD. He says he had his hands on a 10 to 12 # bug and it got away. Well there is always next time, and perhaps it will get bigger and slower.