I went diving Sunday in 50 and 60 foot depths WNW out of Homosassa. We encountered a 20 to 30 foot layer of red tide stained water at or near the top of the water column on every dive. The water was the color of weak coffee. As we descended we found the the visibility improved near the bottom but the top layer blocked so much light that it made it difficult see well enough to spearfish. There was no smell or dead fish at any of our dive sites. There was an abundance of fish of all kinds, especially large mangroves. We managed a few hog fish and all the mangos we wanted but the gags were very skittish and difficult to stalk in the dark conditions and we only managed 1 gag. As we headed back in we noticed that the water returned to it's normal color at about 45'.
The last time I saw this was right before the red tide fish kill about 8 years ago that devastated this same area. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop.
MY WORST FEAR......THAT WHEN I DIE MY WIFE WILL SELL ALL MY BOATS & FISHING GEAR FOR WHAT I TOLD HER I PAID FOR IT.......
I may not always agree with what you say,
but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
With all the recent rains I hope and think you're right.
no telling where the death occurred since it was right after the storm
they said their eyes were burning from the gas
Its been patchy inshore and offshore of hernando and up to Chaz offshore, last week. The offshore fishkills are slowly moving north, as it has been for three months now.