11-09-2015
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 9:00 am
Time: 47 min
Max Dept: 53ft
Temp: 67-70 F
Visibility: 30-40 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide moving to low, south swell waves, surge, strong current.
Dive Buddies: Nick. Total 12.

After two weeks of cancelations, the conditions were good again. Visibility was excellent and the south swell was small, but some good sized waves did come in.
Another strong current was going through pushing the kelp sideways.

I got to the mall and Rich was there with a few of the regulars. No one new showed up. Because conditions were bad at the beginning of the week and finally
started to improve, we decided on Crescent Bay and dive Deadman's Reef.

When we arrived, there was some traffic jam on the small street. I was thinking that we might have to go to another dive site but there was parking. We walked
down to check out the conditions and we were surprised to see a group of Pelicans in the surf zone, diving down and must have been catching fish. There usually
isn't fish in the surf zone so it was a surprise. By the time we suited up and entered the water, the Pelicans were floating around but not going under water to catch
any fish.

When we reached the drop down point, we descended and were happy that the visibility was so good. We didn't have to be on top of each other and we could
spread out for our descent. We headed for the reef once we reached the bottom.

I followed Rich for awhile, but noticed he was heading a little too far west so I changed course and headed east. We reached the reef and swam around to the back
side. Last month we encounter the reef on the back side and I wanted to do that again. While heading there, I saw an area that looked like a triangular area of
muscle shells. I swam along to see were it would lead and it ended without going to another reef. I headed for the outer reef and we hung out there for awhile.

We saw massive schools of fish there. Groups so tightly together that they formed a large mass. We also so a school of yellow tail that was mostly single file,
maybe only 3 fish across, but 40 feet or more long. The amount of fish was incredible and it seems to get better every year.

On the swim back, we caught up with Rich at the inner reef. There he was pointing out a California Trigger fish. At that section of the reef, there were lots of
California Sheep Head fish. Big males, maybe 10 of them. They were going crazy eating something. We continued along and surfaced in 8 feet of water.

We packed up our gear and went to Husky Boy's to compare notes. This day was such an excellent day of diving that if you missed out, you really missed out.

Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2015_11_07.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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