08-24-2015
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 8:58 am
Time: 52 min
Max Dept: 52ft
Temp: 67 F
Visibility: 30-35 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, low tide, small south swell waves, surge.
Dive Buddies: Fred. Total 17.

By looking at the wave model web sites, there still is a south swell hitting Laguna, but it was very weak and small. The difference between high and low
tide was not much so there wasn't much water movement. This indicated that we should have good diving conditions and we did! Visibility was 30-35
feet.

A few new people were at the mall and after introductions, I decided on Deadman's Reef. The security guard at the mall kicked us out but it was time
to go at 7:45. We raced down to the beach and checked out the conditions. Waves were small, but still coming from the south.

After suiting up, we hit the water and made the long surface swim to the drop down point. A fishing boat was out there on top of the reef. They didn't
know that fishing in Laguna is illegal. During the dive I heard them leave. The group drifted from the drop down point so we had to adjust our headings
for the reef. We were near the pinnacles when we dropped down. Our headings were adjusted and we hit the reef. We swam up and over into the
canyons.

I saw a lot of CA sheep head fish and got out the video camera and took pictures of them. Fred and I swam around and I noticed a thin fish that looked
liked those pipe fish in the tropics. It swam real fast and stayed out of range and it must have been a barracuda. I thought I saw a school of them and
extended my selfie stick out to max to get some close shots. Maybe I saw some yellow tails and I got that on video too. Or it might have been white
bass or maybe both. I just pointed the selfie stick to them.

We headed back in and when we came to the inner reef, I noticed a lot of CA sheep head fish there. They usually don't go to the inner reef but there
they were. The CA sheep head fish usually stayed on the far side of Deadman's but I noticed they were on the shore side when we came to Deadman's
Reef. Now they are at the inner reef. These fish are really multiplying. A few years ago, there might have been one, now there are a lot. The "no take"
zone in Laguna is working.

After the dive we headed over to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. It was an excellent day of diving that we usually get in November. But with
the El Nino coming, does it mean that we get the good diving conditions now and later in November we'll be rained out?

Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2015_08_22.jpg

Video:
https://youtu.be/b6schy9LYjo


Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour
http://southcoastdivers.com