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8/7/2010 Twin Peaks by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 30' - 60' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 48F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth: 130FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:24
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 

Fortunately Mark picked up a Lobos reservation. The conditions were flat with some slight swell. Lobos was not crowded at all. We decided to adventure out to Twin Peaks. Visibility was BEAUTIFUL!!! Very exciting!! After checking out the wolf eel that lives out at Beto's Reef, we headed north/west to the Road that leads out to Twin Peaks. We spent alot of time swimming around. Saw my favorite Dironas, or should I say huge Dirona. I always thought I had to go to Alaska to see the big stuff. Fun looking in the nukes and crannies. Lots and lots of junvenile rock fish on the reef. Actually saw a juvenile vermillion. Time flys when you are having fun. We went back to Beto's reef and into the cove for an uneventful deco. There was some moderate current out at the 70ft stop though.

Second dive was more adventurous. Finding the caverns in significant surge is sometimes challenging!! All in all, fun day out diving.
7/31/2010 El Paso aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 80' - 100' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 50F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 155FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:45 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
5,3,16up
 
Well it's great day when you can a dive a nice dive site :-). Today we dove a site called El Paso on the back side of Point Lobos. A few baue members dove this years ago, and they reported nothing very excited. For that reason we had not tried it since. Today the swells were big so we ended on the back-side of Lobos looking for protection and decided to do El Paso. How bad can it be? Susan and I dropped down to found amazing vis. Maybe 80 or 100ft. We could see several pinnacles on the west side of the main structure and we ventured over-there while enjoying the view. Not the most amazing invertebrates so we came back to the main structure and went for a loop around the pinnacle.







The best part of the site was a section were to pinnacles meet, and we called "summer camp" as there we're tons of juv rockfish in the area. Susan found a big lingcods and the vermillions were very curious about the bubbling fast moving kind of fish. I inverted myself under a little overhand and enjoy looking at the fish and life from this perspective. We went with the rest of the teams at the camp and played around for Clinton and his camera. There was a large school of rock fish at the top of the pinnacles. The site was a great surprise for all of us. Joakim came during deco and was writing something about wanting to come back, and saying if you don't go you wont know :-) Susan's note: The photos Clinton posted are wonderful, but do not do justice to the site with regard to the proliferation of juveniles at the East end of the pinnacle. There were literally thousands of babies... not only rockfish but many others (smaller, and of undefined varieties). This dive experience was like hanging out inside of an aquarium! By the middle of the dive it was evident that the best location was at the east side, near the overhang. This area forms a large enclave that provides excellent shelter for juveniles. I have never seen so many 'juvies' congregated in one location before, and it was a delightful place to be!

Some photos from Clinton.

Second dive in the bay with a lot of invertebrates at the deeper shale.

7/24/2010 Pt Lobos aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 40' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 50F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 120FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:50 Total Time: 0:55
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:35/25
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
 
We had an optional boat dive added to the Point Lobos BAUE event on Saturday. The plan was for two dives from the boat on some of the sites that are not as easy to get by scooter or swimming. Dive one was at 9:30 and dive two at 1:00pm. We dove The Neddle and Great Pinnacle.

The dive at The Neddle was great. I had forgotten how nice this site is as I have not dove it for several years. There is a sharp wall going from 45ft all the way to 85 ft and the a second slop that goes to 100ft and as you swim east get to about 120-130ft.

Susan and I dropped down to the the base on the south side and looked around for gorgonias, and I was trying to locate a nice canyon that I use to scooter by when coming from E3. I could not find it so either it's deeper or maybe I was narc ;-). We found a couple of nice lingcods and a bright red shrimp on one of the gorgonias. After about 20min of fun we headed up to the south wall.

The walls is all cover with invertebrates, and most times there is a school of rock-fish that hang around the wall. Seeing the divers swim through with their light with all the fish moving away is amazing view. We also located the eye of the needle which is a 6x2 ft crack at 80ft on the wall. After another 20min (using 325) at 70-60t we move to the top of wall at 50t.

Here Susan found a nice cabezon, tons of cowries and some health hydrocorals.

After about 50min of fun we headed up the up-line and back to the boat.

ahhh yes my suit totally flooded so I had to skip the second dive :-(

I went home, got my backup-suit and went out with Joakim for a scooter spin around granite point wall.

Great day out with all BAUE members and friends.

7/18/2010 Montana aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 30' - 40' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 53F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Wakeup this morning and looked at the window and all I could see was sense fog. We had another tech charter on the Escapade so was wondering if we were actually gone be diving today. We showed at the dock at about 8:00 and loaded the boat. Capt Jim was taking his time, talking to people not getting into his dry-suit . He was making time for the fog to lift. After other boats got to Carmel and sent reports of less fog down there we got ready and headed South.
We tried E3 but the weather was looking a little too much for that area, so we decided to get some protection and dive Montana. People dive this site from Whalers cove, but there is nothing like diving it from the boat. You can spend so much time at the site, look around and really enjoy the experience.
Susan and Rob found a couple of nice basket-starts, and there were a lot of fish, including a juv yellow eye. We found some nice hermissenda, some very large white dorids, dinora albolineata and many more.
We spend 20min at the bottom and about 20min in the shallows. We checked the old GPO den but no luck, so we spend some time looking at the small orange sea pens.
Vis was about 50ft 
7/17/2010 K2 aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 40' - 60' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 170FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:20
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
On board of the Espacade for the first of a two day diving weekend. We headed south while hoping for the “never ever land” (sur19) but we settled for a great dive at K2 peak.
Sue and I dropped on the south-east side of the pinnacle, swam over to the north and settled for a nice drift dive along the wall. I haven’t done here for a few months and I forgot how good the life and structure on the wall are. We had at least 50ft vis and at some point I could also see K1 from the valley btw K2 and K1.
After about 20min of enjoying the base, we headed up to the base of the wall and headed back. We found two nice yellow eye rock-fish, not more than 1in a piece. Really nice to see them.
We swam against the current for a little bit, and then we moved east on the wall (to get away from the current) and found a nice crack that goes from 140 to 80 and we used it to go up. There were tons of fish inside the crack, two large lincods and several vermillions.
At the top there were some nice sheep-head and tons of rock-fish.
After about 50min of fun we let go on the structure and drift our deco.
Great to be fun diving again :-)
7/17/2010 Carmel River Beach aboard XSTA Sea by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Carol Cohn, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 30' - 50' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 48F - 51F Surge:  
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth: 65FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I had two wonderful dives with Carol and Larry Cohn off XTA Sea. First site was Jawdropper. I was trying out my new zipseal DUI drygloves. Vis was about 45-50ft and water temp was about 49-50F. We saw a large cabezon, decorator crabs and many other usual suspects. My hands stayed warm and happy. On the ride back to Monterey we waved to the divers on the Escapade and later hung out with a big pod of Risso dolphins. Second dive was at Trevors in Monterey. Some current on the bottom, vis was about 30ish feet. Usual suspects seen. My hands stayed warm and happy. Fun Time!!!
7/4/2010 Butterfly House aboard Escapade by Kenn Hwang -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Steve Dawson
Visibility: 30' - 30' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 50F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 83FSW Avg Depth: 59FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
I really appreciate the number of charters we've been having this year. The 4th of July trip was another 6.5 hour attempt to head south in search of blue water. When we arrived at Butterfly House, I thought it was the first time I've been there, but apparently we were there on the 3/14 boat as well. And the dive profile was nearly identical as well. The dive was characterized by great viz and awesome structure, it reminded me of being inside of a maze.

The second dive was at Eric's Pinnacle, which I certainly haven't seen before. The viz around the point had dropped drastically, and the surface was brown-green. Once we dropped 20ft or so, the layer lifted and we ended up with a nice 15ft or so of viz, just fine for exploring the small pinnacle. We circled our way up several times, noting multiple treefish near the bottom and a school of blue rockfish orbiting the top. The viz was a flurry of little sea creatures that made it difficult to see anything other than light and blue gloves, and since we missed the anchor on the way down, we surfaced farther than anyone else.

Susan and Beto hosted everyone afterwards to a great cook-out, which left me quite comatose by the time we got back to the Lone Oak.

Dive video: Butterfly House and Eric's Pinnacle

Party pics:

Post-dive snacks galore!


Sleepy...


"The Cornmeister"


You won't be smiling when you see the next picture!


Steve hits the jackpot
6/27/2010 Pt Lobos by Kenn Hwang -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kenn Hwang, Ted Pimentel
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:11:00 AM
Temp: 47F - 53F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 93FSW Avg Depth: 38FSW
Bottom Time: 2:21 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
 
Divers in the Mist

Sunday was a Lobos day with Ted. Lots of visitors were in the park, and not too many divers--pretty much the regular crowd.

We spent a few minutes admiring the Lees' new, completely decked out, customized, loaded, and not-at-all-creepy dive van:




There was thick fog blanketing Carmel and Lobos as we rolled into town. But it seemed to disappear by the time we were ready to dive:



Well, it seems like the haze had just fallen from the sky into the water; after a short, sunny surface kick, we descended back into a milky white fog, and pretty much got ourselves immediately lost. So much for making it out to the 3 Sisters. Still, we took a bearing and started kicking, and after 20 minutes or so found ourselves at Sea Mount. Wow. So we headed to Beto's Reef instead, and ran into a scooter team on their way back in. It's pretty awesome swimming out there by yourselves, and suddenly seeing a gaggle of bright headlights coming at you!

After a short stint on the deep end, we made our way back to Middle Reef and Coal Chute Cove, where we spent the next two hours checking out various dead jelly parts (so that's what's been feeding the huge schools of blue rockfish) and almost falling onto the largest lingcod I've seen at Lobos. It was so big it just sat there ignoring us for the entire 5 minutes we circled it.

Just goes to show, you don't need great viz to have a great dive!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJfU1x_t9_Q

It was good to see Beto back in the water! He and Susan arrived after we started our dive, and emerged as we were finishing our clean-up.
6/22/2010 Uncle Phil's Deep Trench aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, Joseph (Karl) Haywood
Visibility: 60' Time:9:44 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 278FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 1:51
Bottom Gases: 15/65Deco Gases:EAN50,O2,21/35
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
6's, 30 6 up
 
A tale of three dives – Part three

Uncle Phil’s Deep Trench/Crinoid Canyon-n-n-n

The final dive was to be Karl H’s going away dive. Karl had completed his Masters degree here in Monterey and was in the midst of packing for his move down to San Diego. He graciously took a day off to dive with me on Phil’s Rib.

For this dive we targeted a bit of new area that is marked on the map as Uncle Phil’s Deep Trench but has also been referred to Phil as Crinoid Canyon. Phil had dove it just the other day and he said that for sure we would see Crinoids.

After gear checks and a quick splash we headed down to do our final checks and adjustments of equipment that may have gotten moved around after the back roll we traded okays, pointed our scooters down and hit the trigger. As it got darker and darker we started wondering when we would ever hit bottom. Thankfully we did and after a quick orientation we headed down the slope into the canyon. One the way down we had a positive moment as we immediately saw a rock with two crinoids sitting on top.

We meandered right along the canyon without seeing any more crinoids but came upon a nice Rat Fish hanging out on the bottom. I made sure to point him out to Karl as just a few minutes prior on the boat he had been remarking that he had not seen one while he was here. The Rat Fish took the opportunity of having our lights about to quickly chomp down something he had been eyeing on the bottom. We were happy to be of service!

After seeing a single lonely basket star on a Gorgonian the wall petered out so we reversed course and headed in the opposite direction. Here was where all the Crinoids were hanging out. It seems like every rock had at least four or five of them! No matter where you looked there they were in all sizes. Also in evidence were quite a few juvenile fish.

All too quickly we were out of bottom time so we it the trigger to start our ascent. We quickly passed by D3 and a small pinnacle west of E3 before ending up F3/G3 where we completed our ascent. All in all a wonderful dive.
6/20/2010 Outer Outer Pinnacles aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Jim Capwell
Visibility: 70' - 100' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 46F - 50F Surge: 1'
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 165FSW Avg Depth: 140FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP120Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
Deep Stops
5,3,3,3,3,
17, 6 up.
 
This has been a rough year for local diving and for me personally. The weather has been consistently awful, and the worst of it has consistently coincided with dates I was to be diving. Add in some distractions and illness and I'm way behind on my dive quota for the year. Saturday was a good start in erasing that with a great dive at the East Pinnacle followed by some low-vis branching at the shale. Sunday I was diving with Jim for a T1 dive and we hoped to repeat the previous day's "run down to Carmel and get a dive in before the wind kicks up" plan.

As on Saturday the wind hadn't really started when we left the dock and we headed South. As on Saturday the water cleared up at Cypress Point and we dropped the downline at Lunaticos Annex at the Outer, Outer Pinnacles. Immediately upon descending we knew it was going to be epic. The reef was visible below us almost immediately and we knew the top was about 110 feet. The upper water column was filled with jellies promising an entertaining deco.

Arriving on the bottom we were presented with the sad sight of a relatively newly dead sea lion. Well, I guess starfish have eat too. Moving deeper John, Matt and Kevin found a ratfish cruising at the base of the wall and it patiently hung out as I tried to figure out how to take pictures of a 2 foot long fish with the 105 mm macro lens. Yes, I'd brought macro. I was tired from the previous day and didn't feel like re-configuring the camera. I was also worried that we might be limited to something in the bay where wide angle would have been pointless. Instead I was in Carmel in 100 foot vis. Ah well, time to look for macro subjects...

...And it didn't much looking to find said macro subjects. There were interesting nudibranchs everywhere. So many that I didn't really do justice to some of the photo ops as I buzzed around like an over-caffinated hummingbird in a field of flowers. Good fun. Highlights included Cuthona albocrusta, Catriona columbiana and Doriopsilla spaldingi.

All too soon our bottom time was up and Jim send up our surface marker. About this time it began to occur to me that the water was cold. Really cold. I hadn't noticed while I was busy with the camera but now that we were sitting still, decompressing I started getting really cold. Note to self: Get that new drysuit and undergarment ordered ASAP! Eventually as we settled into the long 20 foot stop I unclipped the camera and started shooting the weird little critters floating by and this started warming me up, or possibly just distracting me from being cold. Either way the rest of the deco went by fairly quickly.

Back on the boat everyone had a grin from ear to ear. Definitely the best dive of the year so far. With the wind coming up we decided get out of dodge and call it a day. Next stop was Henry's BBQ on Lighthouse Ave. Summary: Great pulled pork and sweet potato fries, Meh tri tip and friendly but very slow service. Good thing I drank lots of Iced Tea or I think the food coma might have been a problem on the way home.

Pictures here:

http://www.baue.org/images/galleries/v/local/TechnicalBranching/

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