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2/16/2003 Pinos Buoy Jackpot aboard Escapade by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Sami Laine, Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 50' - 70' Time:3:42 PM
Temp: 54F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 176FSW Avg Depth: 160FSW
Bottom Time: 0:20 Total Time: 0:59
Bottom Gases: 21/45Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: RB80,Double LP104,LP51Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
deep stops
70 5
60 3
50 2
40 2
30 3
20 7
10 4
An afternoon trip on the Escapade with just Dave, Clinton, Kati and myself. We headed out after 2pm planning for one deeper dive first for Dave, Clinton and me followed by a shallower dive for all of us.

We motored out with the idea of looking around a bit for something new and interesting, and boy did we find it! Our plan had been to dive the reef around the Mile Buoy again, but the weather was so pretty we headed out a bit, to look around Deep Aumentos. We made some tracks around a rocky area extending from 120ft to 140ft, but decided to keep looking.

We headed over towards the Pt Pinos Buoy, and tracked across the extension of the ridgeline visible above water , near the buoy. We saw some interesting looking things on sonar, dropped the hook and headed in.

As we descended towards the anchor in jelly-filled water column, all of a sudden dramatic jagged peaks started appearing around us extending from sand at 176ft up to 120ft and above. Jackpot!

The site has two ridgelines extending east-west with a sandy area in the middle. Schools of Blue rockfish hovered near the peaks, with Starry rockfish in the cracks. Clinton even spotted a Red Brotula (Brosmophycis marginata), a first sighting for me!

The scenery was great, as you can see in this slideshow.The peaks were covered in Corynactis and sponges, with Red gorgonians on most slanted surfaces.

During our deco a slight current brought us jellies on parade. We saw mostly comb jellies and especially Leucothea pulchra, a very large and very delicate creature that reminded us of Star Wars Tie fighters!

Sometimes you get lucky when diving a new site, and today with hit the jackpot with PBJ - the Pinos Bouy Jackpot! ;-)