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NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => Dive Sites => Topic started by: Bouzari on July 19, 2019, 02:50:35 PM

Title: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: Bouzari on July 19, 2019, 02:50:35 PM
Hi All,

I drive across the Richmond-San Rafael bridge every day for work, and twice now I have seen people in wetsuits entering the water between the broken down pier and the bridge off of Point San Quentin. I know it's a sandy bottom and there are halibut around some places south of there, but I would have thought this was totally nuts. Anybody ever dive there? With GWS starting to enter the bay more and more, I gotta think this is gnarly.
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: divenfish on July 19, 2019, 05:52:41 PM
Viz is usually shitz in the bay, I've never seen it clean enough there to dive it.
GWS there ? ...unlikely... if they would come up the bay likely they would hang by the seal colony on the richmond side of the bridge
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: Malibu_Two on July 20, 2019, 08:15:35 AM
If you had to choose anywhere to dive, you're probably safest from GWS in SF Bay. But the viz will probably be lousy. I'd be most concerned about junk in the water: lines, ropes, nets, anything that could snag you in bad viz and hold you down. Be safe.

-Andrew
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: TheKeeneroo on July 22, 2019, 07:41:50 AM
Shark shield is worth while peace of mind IMO.

If you're in the salt water, you're swimming with sharks whether you see them or not  :D
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: Barbossa on July 22, 2019, 02:46:27 PM
'Everyone was in shock': Great white shark jerks boat around SF Bay for miles

https://www.sfgate.com/whales-sharks/article/fisherman-catches-great-white-shark-in-sf-bay-14094757.php (https://www.sfgate.com/whales-sharks/article/fisherman-catches-great-white-shark-in-sf-bay-14094757.php)
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: divenfish on July 22, 2019, 10:59:11 PM
That happened a half a mile outside Alcatraz..a few years ago a gws got a seal right off fisherman's warf....so no worries ;)

https://www.google.com/search?q=shark+eats+seal+fisherman%27s+wharf&rlz=1CAACAP_enUS783US788&oq=shark+eats+seal+at+fi&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0.18213j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 (https://www.google.com/search?q=shark+eats+seal+fisherman%27s+wharf&rlz=1CAACAP_enUS783US788&oq=shark+eats+seal+at+fi&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0.18213j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: MATT MATTISON on July 23, 2019, 08:57:25 AM
what sharks in the bay and ocean ! no way !! thats it I am selling off all my gear !!! sharks have been going in the bay for ever nothing new and sharks in the ocean if you are worried about that then diving is not for you.
that is part of the fun is not being the biggest and baddest thing in the ocean ! the fear keeps us humble and brings us back at the same time
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: Slamson on July 23, 2019, 01:31:16 PM
Maybe they aren't crazy and they are crushing halibut. Sharks are everywhere regardless.
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: TheKeeneroo on July 23, 2019, 03:24:08 PM
https://www.sfgate.com/whales-sharks/article/great-white-sharks-santa-cruz-beaches-capitola-14102922.php (https://www.sfgate.com/whales-sharks/article/great-white-sharks-santa-cruz-beaches-capitola-14102922.php)

Shark Park
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: Road Runner on July 26, 2019, 12:42:54 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmEeFGVhMEM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmEeFGVhMEM)
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: TheKeeneroo on July 26, 2019, 07:20:23 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47VBZhENj1A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47VBZhENj1A)
Title: Re: San Quentin - Halibut Diving? (Probably Crazy)
Post by: defofthecrown on July 28, 2019, 02:54:44 PM
I used to live in San Quentin (the good part of town!) when I first moved to CA, 15 years ago.  I dove there one time and had about ~1’ vis..  In my estimation there are better place to dive with in one hour or so from San Quentin for Halibut.  Although Marin diving ends with July in my mind too.  I never dive it August through November personally.