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10/27/2012 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Jim Capwell, Mark Lloyd
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 198FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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The weather was looking great for once and I could finally get rid of the helium mix sitting in my 130s. Unfortunately John H. teased the weather gods by guaranteeing good weather. The very next day the weather report turned nasty and we were all cursing John. The call was made to go anyway and see for ourselves. Down at the dock things looked good so we set out with Erik, John, Allison, Jim, Doug, and myself. It was a bit rough getting out of the bay but once outside things calmed down all the way to Lunaticos. The teams jumped in and Jim and I decended down with my left ear complaining all the way to about 120. There I had to stop and persuade it a bit before continuing down to 200. The water clarity was very good with about 80 feet all over at the bottom. We scootered around following the ridges north and south which were richly covered in gorgonians, 20 or 30 vase sponges, schools of juvenile rockfish, and hydrocoral. After what seemed like minutes we ascended to our second level and spent another short interval scootering around the structure and enjoying every second. Deco was uneventful till we reached the 20 foot stop and had to avoid the monster sized jellies. Once on the surface the crew grabbed our bottles and the chicken massacre began. Trying not to push our luck we headed back to the bay and some did a second dive near Shale Island. All in all a great day and we were all glad we called the weather gods bluff.
12/17/2011 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 53F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 190FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
The weather was perfect today, nice and sunny as we made our way out of the bay. Jim indicated we could do Lunaticos Annex which to be honest I can't recall doing. The ball was dropped in a canyon between two structures. The canyon ran North to South, the South end being the deeper area. The depth at the bottom of the canyon was about 170. Following the canyon South we descended to about 190 where we found a nice vase sponge with hundreds of Elephant Ear sponges all over the walls around us. We scootered East around a small pinnacle then headed West past a number of other pinnacles. There were at least 5 or 6 other large vase sponges in this area with hydrocoral and more elephant ear sponges. With the great vis we scootered to the end of the reef, turned around and followed our way back to the original canyon. Once back to there we headed North, dropped down on the other side and scootered East where we poked our heads into a small cave. I couldn't see the end of it so we turned around, headed West, again encountering lots of sponges, schools of young rockfish, and a few Ling Cod. We ascended to the 150' level, spent a bit of time checking out the structure, passing a few of other dive teams then shot the bag. The current was virtually non existent and the shot line was visible for much of the deco as were some of the others on deco. Tons of cool looking jellies in the water to keep our interest and after we surfaced we dove into the chicken and brownies. We opted not to do the second dive but the teams indicated the vis was slightly worse but still pretty good. On the way back in a humpback entertained us with about 5 or 6 huge breaches.. fantastic! What a great day.
5/8/2011 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Clinton Bauder -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 40' - 20' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 49F Surge:  
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 190FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:38 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80,HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
Deep Stops, 6,4,4,4,4,22,6 Up
We met at the dock Saturday morning with somewhat muted expectations. The wind was forecast at 10-20 building to 15-25 in the afternoon. This usually rules out Carmel and enthusiasm for diving Monterey was low. After some discussion we lost a couple of teams who decided to sit it out rather than burn a lot of helium on a braille dive in the bay. Kevin, Jim, Joakim and I voted to go diving anyway. Good thing we did.

As we got underway it became clear the wind had already died a bit from when we'd started loading. In fact, it there was relatively little wind at all so we pointed the boat south and headed for Carmel. Once there it was even calmer than in Monterey and we dropped the ball at Lunaticos.

I was diving with Kevin. We got off to a bit of a slow start as I noticed when we jumped into the water that I'd trapped my light cord. We fixed this and headed down only a few minutes behind the other team. Once we stopped scootering on the bottom I realized my right post was bubbling a bit and had Kevin come over to fix it. As he was doing this I realized I was looking at a juvenile wolf eel. It was just far enough back into a crack to make taking pictures difficult but a cool find nonetheless

Visibility on the bottom was surprisingly good -perhaps 40 feet. We meandered along the south wall of Lunaticos looking for slugs and other small life. Somewhere in there I realized that when I'd fixed my light cord I'd then fouled my scooter tow cord slightly and we stopped to fix that too. Jeesh.

Eventually my minor gear issues added up to a bit more gas usage than I'd expected and we called the dive 2 minutes early. Deco was uneventful with the highlight being a big sea nettle with a juvenile fish hiding in the bell. Kevin tried to point this out to me but by the time I saw it the nettle had moved up to 15 feet and was too far away from our 20 foot stop for me to take pictures.

We surfaced to a scene that was so placid it was almost surreal. The boat was sitting about 30 yards from us in glassy calm water. The crew was sitting on the swimstep enjoying the sun while they waited for us. We scootered over an leisurely handed the gear back onto the boat. The ride home was as easy as you can imagine.

By the time we finished lunch at the 17th Street Grill in Pacific Grove it was getting windy again so I guess we timed it right. Nice day on the ocean.

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1/16/2011 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Ben Villao -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Ted Pimentel, Ben Villao, Robert Lee
Visibility: 70' - 80' Time:10:08 AM
Temp: 50F Surge:  
Max Depth: 150FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
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First boat dive after Tech 1...

Very foggy on the drive down and getting a Tech dive in was questionable due to the fog. We cast off anyway and motored down the coast... We were expecting to do a normal rec dive since the fog would have prevented a live boat but we were pleasantly surprised when it cleared up and Jim brought us to Lunaticos.

The site is a series of pinnacles... topping out at 100/90 with the sand around 200. We dropped in with a bit of a kick to the ball.... caught our breaths and then hit it. shot line was exactly where Capt Jim said it would be in between the 2 large peaks. After dropping for 4 mins we followed to the West wall and kicked down to 150. The vis was amazing. You could see this huge canyon and both peaks and another peak toward the end. Details were clear even though some of the structure was around 200 ft deep... the stunning geography of it all was awesome to behold. Rob showed us some boot sponges and also found a deep swim thru that might be worth revisiting next time around. I was very happy kicking thru the canyon and hanging there admiring how huge these pinacles were.

It was great to be able to finally go and do the dives we have dreamed of doing... Tech 1 class definitely paid off with some awesome dives with a solid team.
6/20/2010 Lunaticos Annex aboard Escapade by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Kevin Dow, John Heimann, Matt Vieta
Visibility: 80' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F Surge: 1'
Scooter: X-scooter Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 187FSW Avg Depth: 81FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 18/45Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
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A tale of three dives – Part Deux
Lunaticos Annex

Sunday dawned not quite as bright and cheery as Saturday but filled with optimism. We made it around the point on Saturday and had great viz. Today couldn’t be much worse.

After loading gear up on the boat and having a brief commiseration with Allison who was gracefully bowing out of the boat trip to help Rob with video for his class we headed out for out tech trip.

Making it around the point was about the same as before. Snotty at the mouth of the bay and then settling down a bit. We spent the time on the way down watching John H scarf down some cup-o-noodles and telling some of his (in)famous jokes. There was a brief discussion of dive sits and Jim suggested going to a spot he had dove before that was called Lunaticos Annex. As it was in the same area as our dive yesterday and that didn’t turn out to be a bad dive so the group went with it. This would turn out to be a really good choice!

Quickly we pulled up dropped the ball and got into our gear. After a quick gear match/check/plan review we splashed. Once again no current and viz even better than yesterday as it was approaching 80+ feet.

John H, Matt V and I were diving as a team with me videoing. The ball was placed perfectly on a ledge on the side of the pinnacle in about 140’ of water. We descended along the sand channel that runs between the two reefs before jumping a small ridge to see our first cool surprise of the dive. In a little divot/hole were 4 large examples of vase sponges arranged so nicely. After admiring them for a bit we continued on for a bit.
We next came across our second surprise of the day. There hanging out at around 165 was a beautiful example of a Rat Fish. What was so cool to me was how mellow he was. The only other Rat Fish that I have seen took off pretty quickly. This fellow was content to hang around an let us marvel and film him to our hearts content. At one point I turned around to find Clinton attempting to take pictures of the fish from ten feet away as was shooting Macro that day. With the bright clear water, his pictures turned out very well. Our final surprise was found by Matt when he found a couple of mating Doriopsilla Spaldingi. What a pretty slug with its bright iridescent blue edges.

Our deco was amusing as we spent time looking at the various jellies that drifted by. Everyone agreed though that the water temps were a bit on the cold side. Hopefully this will continue to give us clear waters for a while.

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