Went spearfishing with my buddy Eric Ratcliffe yesterday. We planned on going out 40 miles to 65 feet but a storm parked right on top of the area we were headed. We decided to look for new spots a little shallower, 50 and 35 feet. Found a beautiful reef and fish. We ended up with a good batch of fish, 2 gags, 2 hogfish, 8 large mangrove snapper. When we got back I checked my crab traps and found 22 crabs in the traps, a new record.
Seas were flat on the way out but picked up to 2 footers as the day went on. Water temp in 50' was 87 on top 85 on bottom. There was a strong current all day.
Big gag was 32" small 25". Nice fat mangos, if we weren't focused on hunting gags we could have filled a cooler full. The mangos were all in the 1 1/2 to to 2 lb range. Lots of gags and hogfish around but most were short. Tons of bait on the four reefs we dove, tomtaits and something that looked like small pilchards. The bait schools were so thick in places that it was hard to see. Sorry no underwater pictures this time, our team photographer Barbara is in Tennessee.
I used to log 100 dives a year back in the day. There are a lot more fish on the Gulf reefs and wrecks than just about anywhere. I never did the Red Sea, Indonesia, or the Great Barrier Reef, but the number of fish you see in the Gulf are more than most spots in the Caribbean. The problem is that there is so much bait and forage available they don't have to spend much time feeding each day. In the summer and early fall, the only way to get them is to dive and push them out of their holes. and stick a spear in them.
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Some of our best dives have been right here in the big bend. We've been to a few places in the Keys, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, GBR, Coral Sea, Okinawa.
The macro sea life is phenomenal here (just weak on the corals and inverts).