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SPEAR FISHING TRIP - 04/07/2007
On Saturday April 7th, eight fairly new spear fisherman embarked on an adventure that could not be described as anything less than AWESOME! Sandy’s Sunday out of West Palm Beach hosted several Castaway SCUBA divers for this event. By 8:00 AM we had all checked in and stowed our equipment and were briefed on the day’s activities. This was to be a 3-tank dive that would take us to depths of 90, 80 and 70 ft respectively. Many of us had never spear fished before, so there was great anticipation as to what to expect down below. The air temperature was a brisk 65 degrees with water temperature between 77-79 degrees.

Our first dive took us to the dive of Governor’s Wreck, which was made up of 5-7 broken up pieces of wrecks and rubble. The visibility was about 60 ft with a slight South current. This dive required a negative descent so that we could land on the wreck very quickly. Many of us were not sure what we could and should shoot, so the result of the first dive resulted in no fish to bring on board. The highlight of the dive was the spotting of a large lemon shark, approximately 7 ft in length, which from a distance looked even bigger and stories of the infamous Bull Shark named Tattoo, kept most of the divers at a distance.

After a 1 hour surface interval and some refreshments we jumped into the 78 degree water and proceeded down to the second dive site of Bridge Tender Barge. The site was made up of concrete culverts, rubble and the remains of the barge. This site was ideal for spear fishing as it provided a lot of nooks and crannies for both the divers and the fish to hide out. Several divers boarded the boat with fish they had speared (Hogfish, Sheepshead and Seabass). Many of the divers felt this was the best site of the day and want to go back and try it again. After roll call, we headed back in the port inlet to anchor and have some lunch. As part of this trip lunch was included which included “build your own sub sandwich“, chips and sodas as well as great conversation. I don't think anyone went away hungry after that lunch!

For our last dive, we motored to a dive site called Mid Reef, which was a combination wreck and reef drift dive. Sandy, our captain informed us that there was Mutton Snapper on this site, but no one really had a chance to go over the site as the current picked up and drifted us Southward over many small reefs. A few of the divers nailed three more hogfish. We had an encounter with a hawksbill turtle as well as other typical reef fish.

When we got back to the dock we had a quick lesson on filleting the fish, packed them in ice and headed home. What a great day of diving and just plain fun! If you are interested in spear fishing, we are going to run this trip again in May or early June. It is a lot of fun and you get to keep what you catch!

Written by: Larry Kayne

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