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Title: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 11, 2017, 01:10:28 PM
Hey everyone. With the loss of abalone season this coming year I am considering running some comps in Mendo.   I am going to run these in cooperation with Subsurface Progression. Obviously hunting is going to change or diminish so I thought it would be a good to start getting some small comps going. Maybe we can use this as a platform to get abalone divers into spearfishing, or teach new guys and help them advance. Anything goes here guys. Beginner comps, rookie and mentor comps, one fish, big fish, single species, urchin dives, fish worth points so beginners could compete with more experienced divers.

You guys let me know where your interest lies and if we have enough interest I’ll tailor the comp to you.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 11, 2017, 01:24:41 PM
I am in for what ever format and comps is set up, please let me know how I and the web site can help.

how about a top nor-cal diver of the year comp, similar to DOTY but set up and formatted for just norcal.

trophy scallop comp ?

Heaviest urchin limit

Big fish of the day comp.

you could also do a comp where it is a specific fish for that comp and that is drawn from a bag of choices the morning of so no one knows exactly what fish they are hunting till comp day

you could even do a dungeness crab dive comp.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 11, 2017, 01:28:05 PM
Great ideas Matt, but we can’t do trophy scallops. None of you can beat me!  ;)
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 11, 2017, 01:33:07 PM
Great ideas Matt, but we can’t do trophy scallops. None of you can beat me!  ;)

keep thinking that !!!! even a blind squirrel has its day and finds a big one once in awhile 
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 11, 2017, 01:50:11 PM
I am in for what ever format and comps is set up, please let me know how I and the web site can help.

how about a top nor-cal diver of the year comp, similar to DOTY but set up and formatted for just norcal.

trophy scallop comp ?

Heaviest urchin limit

Big fish of the day comp.

you could also do a comp where it is a specific fish for that comp and that is drawn from a bag of choices the morning of so no one knows exactly what fish they are hunting till comp day

you could even do a dungeness crab dive comp.
I like  all  of those ideas,   there needs to be more comps not about quantity but mostly about  quality.  That way people arnt going and raping an area of the coast at once.

I like the  norcal version of doty, even going as far as allowing boats for use.

Another thing that would be fun for the more expienced guys is a no batery powered device comp. No lights, fishfinders, gps. Only memory and skill to work with.
Sometimes when vis is good and i have a lot of fish already i leave my  flashlight on my kayak,  it helps improve my hunting a lot because you have to look a lot harder for fish camouflaged in the open and sneak up on them instead them of sitting still under the flashlight the back of a hole.  Also shot placement is super important because if you let a fish hole up your screwed trying to fight it out of the dark.
And just for you Rob,  deffiantly no bait bags for that one. Because the goal is to find and stalk to fish. Not have it come to you.

Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Adam415 on December 11, 2017, 01:54:16 PM
I think a species meet that included 1 entry per species for finfish only. Not to exceed the Rcg. Point per fish, point per pound. Including any type of perch separately instead of 1 perch entry. This may apeal to newer divers that may not enter a china or vermillion.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 11, 2017, 02:02:34 PM
I’m in as long as cheating is prevented or at least handled. My interest in most comps is pretty low because of the cheating that I hear about, and the “good ol boys” clique that seem to tolerate it for some people.

Gio,
Cheaters will be shot with a rock point double flopper slip tip and used for crab bait
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 11, 2017, 02:18:31 PM
I’m in as long as cheating is prevented or at least handled. My interest in most comps is pretty low because of the cheating that I hear about, and the “good ol boys” clique that seem to tolerate it for some people.

Gio,
Cheaters will be shot with a rock point double flopper slip tip and used for crab bait

Excellent. But can we public heckle and flog them first?

I don’t see why not. I e been heckling for years. Flogging would be a welcomed change.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: the_derek on December 11, 2017, 02:22:24 PM
I’m in as long as cheating is prevented or at least handled. My interest in most comps is pretty low because of the cheating that I hear about, and the “good ol boys” clique that seem to tolerate it for some people.

+1... it does seem weird that its tolerated, and makes it not as fun.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: DG on December 11, 2017, 06:34:59 PM
Definitely interested to see how this all comes together. 

I like the random species draw idea.


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Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Sir Rob IV on December 11, 2017, 08:28:19 PM
Rookie and Mentor comp would be cool. It would also give the experienced divers another reason to take a rookie under his wing.

I would prefer no boats, or bait bags. Especially bait bags.

I dont agree with the flashlight rule but I do like Ryans idea of no GPS or FF. Kind of like PCC, you wont know the dive area till the night before.

Species meet would be cool like Adam said, maybe make the species a surprise? Would love to see a bunch of people rushing around trying to find a nice greenling.

Highly recommend removing Urchins should be apart of the tournament. Since they are a reason for contributing to our Abalone population decline. If you had something like 20 Urchins gives you 10 + pts (like randy fry) that would be a lot of urchins removed just from one dive day.  Or for the rookies the most lbs of removed urchins (within DFG regs) wins something or even have its own bracket and prize for it.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Diver Dan on December 11, 2017, 09:56:25 PM
I like this. We have been dealt a bad hand but you are making the most of it. Thanks Rob.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 11, 2017, 11:23:52 PM
Come on new guys, speak up!  This is for you too.

We are getting some good ideas. I’m leaning toward being inclusive rather than exclusive. Personally I don’t use a boat, but I like to occasionally. If a guy has a boat he probably wants to use it. Shore divers don’t protest kayaks. We can have comps where anything mode of travel goes and some where we restrict it.

My goal is to get as much participation as possible.

I could host hunting seminars for various species....
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: gabbert on December 12, 2017, 05:22:29 AM
With abalone gone, if I want to dive I'll have to step up my fish game.

I'd be very insterested in a mentor/rookie comp.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 06:30:15 AM
I vote for a mix of comps, ones that allow boats and some that don’t. Like you said Rob some of of us have boats and line to use them, yes I am a boat baby there I said it for you Rob lol

Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: the_derek on December 12, 2017, 09:13:24 AM
I like the pcc rules, no ff or gps, location day of.

I like the surprise fish, and dungee comps.

Urchin limit should just be a qualifier... you need to pull a limit of urchin to submit a fish.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 10:17:46 AM
Guys I’m making a list, and every time you post an idea a lot of possibilities come to mind. It would be awesome to have enough ideas to run a comp every decent water weekend all summer.

My back hurts right now or I would suggest a pole spear Big Ling dive out of Albion Sunday so we can smash the shit out of Matt’s world record!
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: dank on December 12, 2017, 10:40:37 AM
I like these ideas and I especially like the idea of having different competitions that are very specific in the objective/target/organization. This ensures a good mix and would hopefully keep them from being dominated by a single skill-set. I also like the idea of having "one fish" competitions, which would encourage discipline and patience. Another fun aspect might be to have some pool betting on the side to see who best predicts the outcomes and give funding a boost.

I've never participated in a spearfishing competition but I think it would be fun to do a weird/unique one. A long time ago when I was a bike messenger we used to have races that had different challenges/objectives aside from being the first across the finish line (although that usually counted for something). Sometimes it was scavenger hunt oriented or puzzle oriented. Sometimes you'd collect cards and the person with the best hand won. Sometimes your speed or prowess at the beer chugging station would be a strength....anyway, I feel like diving is perfectly suited for fun stuff like that.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 10:49:43 AM
For those who don’t like fishing competitions, I completely understand your point of view. The idea here isn’t to shoot fish for points and prizes. I want people to fish for what they will eat, get together with fellow divers and provide some incentive to get off the couch and get in the water.

If you come out on any given weekend to shoot fish, we just might be able to have a comp for one of the fish on your stringer. Maybe you’ll take something home besides your fish, but at least you will get together with the gang, meet some new people and you could even learn something.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: the_derek on December 12, 2017, 11:13:19 AM
My back hurts right now or I would suggest a pole spear Big Ling dive out of Albion Sunday so we can smash the shit out of Matt’s world record!

hahaha its going to be hard to beat that 19lb ling...
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 11:22:03 AM
I think iusa has a 10lb minimum. Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing. Do you guys remember Jim and Harold going back and forth on the mfe record?
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 12:01:05 PM
I think iusa has a 10lb minimum. Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing. Do you guys remember Jim and Harold going back and forth on the mfe record?

Nobody has ever entered before spearfishing? Did you mean its 10 pounds IF no one has entered before?

If so, then yes the minimum for salt is 10 pounds.

Here are the rules.
http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx (http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx)
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 12:20:01 PM
My back hurts right now or I would suggest a pole spear Big Ling dive out of Albion Sunday so we can smash the shit out of Matt’s world record!

hahaha its going to be hard to beat that 19lb ling...

I sure hope one of our NCUH'ers can top a measly 19.4 pounds on a pole spear, I did not set the bar very high lol,
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 01:47:58 PM
I think iusa has a 10lb minimum. Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing. Do you guys remember Jim and Harold going back and forth on the mfe record?

Nobody has ever entered before spearfishing? Did you mean its 10 pounds IF no one has entered before?

If so, then yes the minimum for salt is 10 pounds.

Here are the rules.
http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx (http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx)

Right. I know the rules. I'm just not sure what your comment meant. "Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing."

What I meant was, there are plenty of records for HnL, and for spearfishing in Florida and Hawaii, but there hasn’t been many rock fish entries in California. The first I know of is Dan shit a 10lb Red and submitted it. And of course his 37lb Ling Cod to break Dennis’s previous record. But few rock fish hit 10 lbs and pole spear division was apparently wide open. None of us would turn our nose up at a 19lb Ling Cod, but who would have thought it was a record? 
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 02:17:12 PM
I think iusa has a 10lb minimum. Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing. Do you guys remember Jim and Harold going back and forth on the mfe record?

Nobody has ever entered before spearfishing? Did you mean its 10 pounds IF no one has entered before?

If so, then yes the minimum for salt is 10 pounds.

Here are the rules.
http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx (http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx)

Right. I know the rules. I'm just not sure what your comment meant. "Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing."

What I meant was, there are plenty of records for HnL, and for spearfishing in Florida and Hawaii, but there hasn’t been many rock fish entries in California. The first I know of is Dan shit a 10lb Red and submitted it. And of course his 37lb Ling Cod to break Dennis’s previous record. But few rock fish hit 10 lbs and pole spear division was apparently wide open. None of us would turn our nose up at a 19lb Ling Cod, but who would have thought it was a record?

No one until Matt blasted it all over Facebook, Instagram, and NCUH. Figured that out about 8 months ago and mentioned it in front of Matt. Guess what his new life goal was as soon as he could calm down his rager? Hahaha

man the bitterness is overflowing LOL  :P !!!! I am  glad that record is on everyone radar !! now it will become a competitive record !!!!  No one diver should ever rest on their laurels or records !!!
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 02:33:42 PM
I think iusa has a 10lb minimum. Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing. Do you guys remember Jim and Harold going back and forth on the mfe record?

Nobody has ever entered before spearfishing? Did you mean its 10 pounds IF no one has entered before?

If so, then yes the minimum for salt is 10 pounds.

Here are the rules.
http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx (http://www.iusarecords.com/Rules.aspx)

Right. I know the rules. I'm just not sure what your comment meant. "Nobody has ever entered before for spearfishing."

What I meant was, there are plenty of records for HnL, and for spearfishing in Florida and Hawaii, but there hasn’t been many rock fish entries in California. The first I know of is Dan shit a 10lb Red and submitted it. And of course his 37lb Ling Cod to break Dennis’s previous record. But few rock fish hit 10 lbs and pole spear division was apparently wide open. None of us would turn our nose up at a 19lb Ling Cod, but who would have thought it was a record?

No one until Matt blasted it all over Facebook, Instagram, and NCUH. Figured that out about 8 months ago and mentioned it in front of Matt. Guess what his new life goal was as soon as he could calm down his rager? Hahaha

man the bitterness is overflowing LOL  :P !!!! I am  glad that record is on everyone radar !! now it will become a competitive record !!!!  No one diver should ever rest on their laurels or records !!!

There is no bitterness Matt. I haven't submitted anything over because I have been waiting for someone to submit another one, just like you did. In fact I'm glad you got something that means so much to you before one of the OR guys sealed it at 30+ pounds. The only thing I have is a bit of facepalming for your need to throw it out like you did with the "LOOK WHAT I GOT!!!!"  posts, like your name on a piece of paper was huge bragging rights. You know damn well that is far from the biggest ling ever pole speared. You just got the only one submitted. So yeah, world RECORD. As in recorded. LOL. No hard feelings, you do you bro.


THAT SURE SOUNDS LIKE SOME HARD Feelings &  BITTERNESS TO ME, You are correct a lot bigger ones have been taken just not submitted that the divers fault. I am sorry you don't like that I  posted about  my first ever record that I was very proud of  !!!!! To be honest I am little shocked you would have an issue and be judgmental with someone being proud of something they accomplished. 

As for the Oregon guys taking the record with a 30 pound ling, we have 30 ponders in ca as well. This record will now become competitive and fun !!! Lets Raise that bar or record !!!
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 02:41:27 PM
Some day, somewhere, some spearfishing nerd is going to look up Ling Cod records and there will be Matt Mattison’s name. Of course above his name will be a list of guys beating him out by a pound at a time, but even so, Matt has his name in the spearfishing hall of fame. Immortalized. And as long as his name is in that book, we are going to give him a ration of shit.  Thanks Matt, we need the entertainment this winter!

Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 02:44:53 PM
Shit. Between the websites, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels nobody has any doubt how cool the two of you are.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 02:49:42 PM
Shit. Between the websites, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels nobody has any doubt how cool the two of you are.

I am only cool and a legend in my own dreams !   :P :P :P :P

Why do you think I built this web site Rob ! So I could brag ! Hahahahaha lol jk
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 02:53:31 PM
Gio, If you want to catch Matt in cool points you should make a video of you jumping out of a helicopter onto the back of a great white shark wearing spurs and a shark shield and riding that big bitch for 8 seconds!

Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: MATT MATTISON on December 12, 2017, 02:54:25 PM
Gio, If you want to catch Matt in cool points you should make a video of you jumping out of a helicopter onto the back of a great white shark wearing spurs and a shark shield and riding that big bitch for 8 seconds!


That would be awesome and probably get a million views and likes
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 03:00:13 PM
Gio, If you want to catch Matt in cool points you should make a video of you jumping out of a helicopter onto the back of a great white shark wearing spurs and a shark shield and riding that big bitch for 8 seconds!

Thats so stupid Rob






No way I'd be caught dead wearing a Shark Shield
.

You could prove to my satisfaction that shark Shield works. And I’m sure you’d pick up a sponsorship from SS, GoPro, wing suits...
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 04:07:55 PM
Gio, If you want to catch Matt in cool points you should make a video of you jumping out of a helicopter onto the back of a great white shark wearing spurs and a shark shield and riding that big bitch for 8 seconds!

Thats so stupid Rob






No way I'd be caught dead wearing a Shark Shield
.

You could prove to my satisfaction that shark Shield works. And I’m sure you’d pick up a sponsorship from SS, GoPro, wing suits...
Ill find the shark, if you find the helocopter.   

Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 04:17:29 PM
Which suit do I wear for this stunt though?
(https://s7.postimg.org/ht0stbuhz/0_B21_E49_F-_F3_DE-46_BE-941_D-_CF5_D6_DD08_DFD.jpg) (https://postimg.org/image/ht0stbuhz/)
All of them
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 06:21:55 PM
Should I call for a Huey?
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 06:30:19 PM
Should I call for a Huey?
Would have to use a cessna due to budget constraints,  i can chase an elk into the bay and let Gio jump on that for some practice.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 07:35:17 PM
Back on topic.

When would you guys want to start comps?  Do you want to try and sneak one in this year or wait until after New Years?
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: dogpaddle on December 12, 2017, 07:50:14 PM
I'd be up to do a small comp before the end of the month. Quick question.  What does Sub Surface have to do with the comp? Do we have to go to Mendocino?
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 08:06:23 PM
No we don’t need to go to Mendo, but I have a cabin there and Subsurface Progression is the only dive shop on the coast in my area. Also, Blake, the owner of Subsurface Progression has talked to me and is interested in being involved. In fact he wants to do his own comps, and he has people a number of divers who aren’t active on the spearfishing websites. I don’t think he’s into the big comps, but smaller type like single species, or where we don’t target fish that people generally don’t eat. I also have a problem shooting fish just for points.

Long answer for a quick question.

Short answer, it’s easier on me.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 08:12:07 PM
No we don’t need to go to Mendo, but I have a cabin there and Subsurface Progression is the only dive shop on the coast in my area. Also, Blake, the owner of Subsurface Progression has talked to me and is interested in being involved. In fact he wants to do his own comps, and he has people a number of divers who aren’t active on the spearfishing websites. I don’t think he’s into the big comps, but smaller type like single species, or where we don’t target fish that people generally don’t eat. I also have a problem shooting fish just for points.

Long answer for a quick question.

Short answer, it’s easier on me.
Vis tends so be a lot better also. Its an extra hour to get there for a lot of people but its not a terrible inconvenience.  Some sonoma ones would be cool, but those need to be when vis is good.

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Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 08:21:15 PM
like I said, I don’t live in Sonoma, I rarely dive there and I’m not an expert on the area. But you are!  Why don’t you run a comp in Sonoma?
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 10:23:48 PM
like I said, I don’t live in Sonoma, I rarely dive there and I’m not an expert on the area. But you are!  Why don’t you run a comp in Sonoma?

No shit. Since when does Sonoma have better vis than mendo? The last year Ryan’s been diving?

Should have clarified it better for the internet police hahahaha.
 im saying mendo has better vis, and im agreeing mendo is a slightly better location for most people for number of reasons
(more protection, vis, 20  or 30 minutes away from civilization...ect)
 although 3 weeks ago sonoma beat mendo by about 10 foot of vis, but last week it was back to like 5 foot vis.
 And hey in my last  month of diving ive gotten 3 more  verms than you have in your many years of expertise
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: ryang85 on December 12, 2017, 10:49:10 PM
You need to learn to read.

Since when does mendo have better vis than Sonoma. The last year you’ve been diving?


 And Adam spoon feeding you verms is hardly something to brag about 😂
I thought that was your native language of sarcasm.
mendo almost always has been vis, if you get away from the rivers its usualy at least 10 feet year round, sonoma is usualy 5 or less from january to March.  And no thats over the last 8 years ive been diving mendo and sonoma.  And im not bragging, I only got 2 with adam , the other 2 were on my own in my own spots. And hahaha dont get all butthurt i know you have more time in the water and shot more fish especialy blue water, im just giving you shit.

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Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 10:58:43 PM
Ryan, I bet you are a good dive partner, as long as you keep the snorkel in your mouth, but I think the paddle would be brutal.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 12, 2017, 11:40:22 PM
I'd be up to do a small comp before the end of the month. Quick question.  What does Sub Surface have to do with the comp? Do we have to go to Mendocino?

Sunday might be good. My back is killing me but I could do it if we had enough interest. I’ll start a new thread so Ryan and Gio can keep up the banter on this one.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: the_derek on December 13, 2017, 12:54:45 AM
Ryan, I bet you are a good dive partner, as long as you keep the snorkel in your mouth, but I think the paddle would be brutal.

Just keep his girlfriend between you and him, she’ll keep him pipped down.  ;D

It puts the lube on its skin or else it gets the paddle again.

https://youtu.be/0CQokgv0dQw
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Sir Rob IV on December 13, 2017, 08:33:13 AM
Ryan, I bet you are a good dive partner, as long as you keep the snorkel in your mouth, but I think the paddle would be brutal.

Just keep his girlfriend between you and him, she’ll keep him pipped down.  ;D

It puts the lube on its skin or else it gets the paddle again.

https://youtu.be/0CQokgv0dQw

https://youtu.be/3bLy26TwtyI
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: dogpaddle on December 13, 2017, 01:21:15 PM
If you are able to set a schedule for some comps it would be helpful to get those days off.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: the_derek on December 13, 2017, 02:15:56 PM
1:10 Hey guys....loook! Haaaahahahaha

pretty much my post dive look...
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 13, 2017, 02:30:30 PM
If you are able to set a schedule for some comps it would be helpful to get those days off.

That’s a good plan. For now it’ll be weekends. Unless I’m off and there’s a flat day. You can also let me know when you have time off and if the ocean is good we might be able to plan something.

You guys can pm me here or text me at 2817557386
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Kelp Creeper on December 27, 2017, 01:51:15 PM
I'm not active on forums, but my buddy and I have been diving Mendo quite a bit lately. We're interested in diving with others and competitions.
We live in the Eureka area (Humboldt) and dive down south during the winter. Hit me up if you guys want at least two divers for whatever.

I'm actually on here because we're planning what to do this next season. We talked about some more advanced local Humboldt dives, Trying Sonoma and even more south for the first time (like far enough south for lobster and trying out striper), and maybe some competitions in Mendo this season.

We had come up with similar ideas to "spice" up our trips in making them a little more fun and competitive (like drawing a species from a hat, etc.) but just among ourselves. We had an idea to use only polespears that we fabricated as a contest too... lol. (I liked that one because until recently I exclusively used polespears).

Oh and Hi! by the way.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Rob102 on December 27, 2017, 08:54:23 PM
I'm not active on forums, but my buddy and I have been diving Mendo quite a bit lately. We're interested in diving with others and competitions.
We live in the Eureka area (Humboldt) and dive down south during the winter. Hit me up if you guys want at least two divers for whatever.

I'm actually on here because we're planning what to do this next season. We talked about some more advanced local Humboldt dives, Trying Sonoma and even more south for the first time (like far enough south for lobster and trying out striper), and maybe some competitions in Mendo this season.

We had come up with similar ideas to "spice" up our trips in making them a little more fun and competitive (like drawing a species from a hat, etc.) but just among ourselves. We had an idea to use only polespears that we fabricated as a contest too... lol. (I liked that one because until recently I exclusively used polespears).

Oh and Hi! by the way.

Hi

My first attempt was a flop. I’ll be doing some this summer for sure. Maybe sooner weather and work permitting. Keep in touch here. I’d love to get some guys from other areas involved. Maybe you could show some of us around up,in your neck of the woods sometime.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Kelp Creeper on December 29, 2017, 09:59:03 AM
For sure! I'd love to dive with a bunch of people.

Humboldt is very murky most of the time. In the summer it can have some beautiful days with decent vis.  My dive partner and I have dove a lot of this area already (North and South Jetty, All of  Trinidad down to Lufenholtz, Flat Iron rock, college cove and around the corner north of Elks head in that little cove). We've been discussing our plans for this summer and really want to dive Elks head, South of Patricks point and some of the deeper areas of south jetty (as far as local dives). 

We've been diving Mendo quite a bit this winter and it's gorgeous. A whole different feel. The worst days in Mendo are like the best days in Humboldt (as far as visibility). When you can actually see it's amazing what it can do for your dive depth and bottom time... lol.  I say all this, but Humboldt has been good to us. It's really fishy. We've gotten some really chunky blues (I think 17 inches.. if I remember correctly), Some very nice blacks (2 foot), I got a 3 foot ling.... oh and lot's of scallops and crabs. And all of this is actually kind of common.  So if anyone comes to visit us (weather and vis permitting), we'd be able to put you on to some very decent fish holes.  There's a lot of white shark action at the jetty's so just a heads up around that.
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Zzz on December 29, 2017, 10:41:33 AM
I've never had better than 3ft viz in Humboldt. My plan to explore a Trinidad spot last weeked was more or less ruined by 1ft viz. At least the crab is still easy
Title: Re: 2018 competitions
Post by: Kelp Creeper on December 29, 2017, 03:24:05 PM
Send me a message in the summer (Summer is when the vis can be "good" ... emphasis ..."can" and "good"). 2016 had a day where it was 15 or even 20 foot plus in the Bay!! (my buddy got a starry flounder on that day). In 2017 there were two or more days of 15 foot plus. This last Summer if the surf was calm for more than two days we were most likely diving Trinidad. I particularly remember the large Blacks and giant scallops we got. I even pulled a 9 inch ab in Trinidad. (that's amazing by the way... as abs are illusive there). 

My dive partner and I only need 3 feet of vis. (I seriously use a 3.5 ft polespear in Humboldt most days, especially out at the Jetty's).

Diving in Mendo is completely different.. I feel like a wolf let loose on a pasture of lambs...lol. (very calm surf and awesome visibility), So I'm not sure what the inverse feeling of that is, but if you don't get your hopes up too too much I can offer to take you to the best diving I've done for the area.