DIVE REPORT - The other side of Truth... in Jupiter Florida! (+)
Welcome home to all of our West Coaster Truth Trippers!!
Here's a East Coast report and wellllll, I wouldn?t call it an absolutely Fabulous day in Jupiter, but it was a really really good time! I hadn't been in the water for 3 weeks with all the surf conditions we've been having because of the Atlantic hurricanes. Even if a storm is a thousand miles out to sea, we still get the swells and waves that travel towards our coast. NOAA wave models said 1-3's and laying down in the afternoon. Spleen and myself received a very generous invite from Chuckitall and Amazz to go diving. Generous because Chuckitall is not able to dive and he would dropping us all day. Now that?s a great D2D board member!
Our plan was to bounce-dive the MG11 and check out the Goliaths along with anything else since this wreck is always loaded with fish. All 3 of us splashed at the same time creating another huge wave. I looked down the east side of the wreck thru the 60 feet of Windex clear water and then heard Spleen's shaft fly on the otherside. I turned back around to look up and I see Amazz is in a total cloud of fish, just barely able to make her out in the school. Spleen was stringing up a nice mutton and I saw another below him, so I pinned it to the sand and wired it up. I saw a bunch of Mangos, but they we're so spooked, I couldn't get one on a clear shot. We 9 minuted, thumb the dive and headed up to a waiting boat on top of us. At the top was when we learned that Amazz was literally being bit and attacked by the jacks and spades and they thought she was bait!. Just when we turned the dive was about the same time she had said that was enough bite marks for her also. Up top, it still is not laying down and the wind is blowing more. Ahh thanks for nothing NOAA!
Since it was now 4-5 footers, we elected not to head down to our secret Super Target grocery store, but within easy reach, was this little corner market just around the corner from where we were at. This dive would be a little steep at 105 to 110, and probably cost us some deco red lights for the amount of cubic feet we had. Lots of table top rocks covered with growth and once I got on line, plenty of lobsters. I pulled a bag full and just about started to head up when a nice hog swam below me and I picked him up. At my half-the-deepest stop, I stuffed the hog through the opening in my bag, and prepped for my 18 foot safety stop. Up top, Amazz and Spleen also pulled some nice bugs.
Since we didn't want to get beat up by the waves, we stayed in the area, and dove a lot shallower.
Our 3rd and final drop was a very low profile flat reef with some Swiss cheese pockets. I moved to the east side and found a very slight line to follow. I found a single lonely bug, then another. Then nothing at all.
So I'm swimming along humming something from Disney like"It's a small world after all.....", when I spot a honey hole. A honey hole is just like a bee hive but with antennas sticking out instead of bees. True to form, nothing is easy in Jupiter and this hole had a very nasty stone fish guarding it. I nudged it once and it jumped up and over my stick and charged me!! Its spines were way up like the hair on the back of a dog and this thing wanted to send me to the hospital. Now it got a solid whack and took off across the sand. I pulled all the bugs out and filled up my bag. Hitting my end-of dive pressure, I headed up my 1st rest-area and started to put stuff away. My surface marker rocketed above me towards fresh air for the boat to track while I was bleeding off some nitrogen at 18 feet.
A great day was had by all, but the hero of the day is Chuckitall! What other diver do you know that would take his own boat out, watch everyone tease him by throwing fish and bugs in the cooler and he can't dive. Thank you again Chuckitall and Amazz for a great day on the water!!!
Ohhh, Can?t forget the dinner photos................................
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