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NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => Water condition reports => Topic started by: scotty_rez on May 03, 2012, 09:15:05 PM

Title: Viz?
Post by: scotty_rez on May 03, 2012, 09:15:05 PM
Thinking about hitting up Sonoma County on Sunday...any reports on what the viz looks like? Buddy is looking to get abs but I just want to shoot some fish. Thanks
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 03, 2012, 09:41:35 PM
I am always curious as to what the constantly changing vis is.  Hey Matt is there a way we could have a Sonoma coast Vis perma thread?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Brandon Turknett on May 04, 2012, 07:17:02 AM
I would say that would fall under dive reports cause the only way ti know anymore is guys who have dove. just my thoughts
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: OceanAholic on May 05, 2012, 07:19:03 PM
viz yesterday was great, could see straight to the bottom.  easily 15ft where i was in salt point.  was windy and choppy though but should be better tomorrow.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 06, 2012, 11:54:53 AM
Thanks for the report.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on May 06, 2012, 04:05:14 PM
Timber cove had a solid 10ft today.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on May 06, 2012, 05:20:35 PM
Attaboy, Matt...you're doing us a nice service.

But I think you should spend more days out there on the coast and dive multiple spots up and down it in order that we have a clearer idea of the water clarity.

Especially considerate of you would be reports from the latter days of the work week so the rest of us can plan our weekends better.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on May 06, 2012, 05:35:42 PM
Ok doug :laughing7:
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 12, 2012, 10:49:02 PM
Vis was pretty good today north of Ocean cove.  I would say it was 10-15'  with a small NW swell and a light breeze from the south.  There were alot of fish out probably due to the small swell.  Good luck
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: diveroofer on May 13, 2012, 07:56:56 AM
a good 20' near Albion.little swell ,Great conditions
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Calif_Diver on May 13, 2012, 09:39:25 AM
a good 20' near Albion.little swell ,Great conditions

Was at Albion yesterday  and had at least 20 or better viz while ab diving,wish i would have brought the scuba gear .
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on May 13, 2012, 04:59:25 PM
Had 10 to 12 ft. vis at Sea Ranch today, Mothers' Day.

Not much swell, but a southerly wind had it white-capping pretty well in the morning. Water temp was 51°.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Geoffrey on May 13, 2012, 06:52:02 PM
We had 15' or so at Salt Point today w/ some wind chop and some 1-2' swells. Great day to be in the water!
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 20, 2012, 05:52:42 PM
Any vis reports for Sonoma coast?
Thanks
Ken
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: thereefgeek on May 20, 2012, 06:59:46 PM
Any vis reports for Sonoma coast?
Thanks
Ken

About 20' yesterday in Sonoma.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 20, 2012, 07:18:40 PM
Thanks  :occasion14:
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: phishphood on May 20, 2012, 07:31:15 PM
Anchor bay in Mendo had 25'-5' depending on where and in what currents you were.

Gerstle Cove today I could see the bottom in about 25' water sometimes. Careful though, swell and chop picked up around 1100/1115.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 21, 2012, 03:13:53 PM
Sonoma County was a hazy 20', no swell, and a little wind that put a small chop on the water.   There was no place on the Sonoma coast that wasn't divible this morning.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on May 21, 2012, 04:12:54 PM
May 21, Monday, north point of Timber Cove, 20 vis, no swell, scattered white-caps, 48° water temp.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on June 25, 2012, 07:45:06 AM
Sea Ranch, Sunday, June 24. The vis was only 4 to 5 feet. Sort of looked like a bloom to me, coming off the rapidly growing bull kelp. The water temp was 51-53 degrees.

Hardly any wind, not much swell (occasionally a bigger set would roll through). Fun anyhow. The fish weren't out and about, but at least they were in their holes where my flashlight could find them. It was one of those days that you just follow your float line down till you almost bump into the bottom.

With the bull kelp coming back, I clipped off to it instead of having to drop anchor.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: NorCal DiverDave on June 26, 2012, 08:26:39 PM
Albion, Monday 6-25-12, 10 to15 feet. Better deeper.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on June 29, 2012, 05:25:56 PM
Sea Ranch, Friday, June 29.

The bloom's gone. Had as much as 15ft of vis. The ocean was especially flat. Water temp was 51°.

Best day of the year (for me) so far.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on June 29, 2012, 06:13:15 PM
Thanks for the report! Good news :icon_cheers:
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Fis_Hunter on June 29, 2012, 06:48:14 PM
The wife and daughter went out last night about 5-630 they were complaining the vis was only about 30 feet worst day they have ever had in Kona   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Rob102 on June 29, 2012, 11:06:42 PM
Elk had 6' vis today
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on June 30, 2012, 02:51:19 PM
Salt Point area had 8-10' of viz today with a tiny swell and a little surge.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: riovista445 on June 30, 2012, 07:27:31 PM
Went out of noyo viz was 15-20ft
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Diver Dan on June 30, 2012, 10:41:48 PM
SWS today was 10-30'
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Rob102 on June 30, 2012, 11:23:57 PM
Mendo Bay 6' today
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: diveroofer on July 01, 2012, 07:42:55 AM
Fisk Mill 10'to 12'but cloudy
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on July 18, 2012, 01:18:08 PM
Any current news on the vis out there?

I saw this on Spearboard, posted by our very own Matt:

"well I hope viz clears and is better than here in sonoma, cause it is mucky green/red black out over 20ft as of yesterday and the ocean was a lake !!!! If any one has any vis reports from the mendo area please post good luck all this weekend".
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on July 18, 2012, 01:56:14 PM
Hey Doug just got off the phone with Blake at sub surface and he reports calm conditions and vis reports from 10-20ft guess where I am headed tomorrow !
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Calif_Diver on July 18, 2012, 02:25:44 PM
So if i end up  over there just look for the blue beast to find a good dive spot, :laughing7:
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: ggibson on July 18, 2012, 02:49:39 PM
So if i end up  over there just look for the blue beast to find a good dive spot, :laughing7:

The battery boxes are they key...
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on July 18, 2012, 07:24:33 PM
...calm conditions and vis reports from 10-20ft guess where I am headed tomorrow !

Try hitting a few spots to clarify vis data, please.

The Albion area should be especially fishy, especially compared to how it'll be shortly after the Aug. 2 USA National Spearfishing Championship.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Rob102 on July 18, 2012, 10:34:49 PM
Albion had good vis on the surface but a lot of krill on the bottom.  I saw a whale in close.  It calmed down a bit but it was still surgey.  Not very fishy, just some small Blues.  The guys camping here are headed to Elk tomorrow.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on September 02, 2012, 08:51:39 PM
Colby Reef just North of Albion had 30ft of vis today, Sunday, Sept. 2.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: oldmanfishing on September 03, 2012, 07:37:20 AM
Point arena had zero vis Sunday took yaks north and was surgie and dark . Couldn't see at 18 ft moved to about 12 got my abs n went home. Sun popped out about noon but that didn't help. Talked to a guy in a zod that went south same report. Should have gone to fort bragg
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: kuba hemmerling on September 03, 2012, 10:00:26 AM
went yesterday to salt point and had solid 12 - 15 ft.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Fis_Hunter on September 04, 2012, 08:41:27 AM
Sounds about right hazy 20
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on September 29, 2012, 06:45:40 PM
What's it lookin like out there?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Lokumoto on September 29, 2012, 09:54:59 PM
The Viz at Russian Gulch was clear as mud. Viz near shore was 2in" and in the middle was about 6".
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on October 03, 2012, 06:26:30 PM
Had a good 10ft of vis just outside of Sonoma's Stillwater today, October 3.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Rowe on October 10, 2012, 09:41:10 PM
Vis was maybe 5' this last weekend in Ocean cove, October 5th - 7th.

I met another diver at the campsite and he said it's from the yearly red tide. I guess the bacteria and nutrients from the deep parts of the eastern pacific get pulled up this time of year, and because of the higher temperature they multiply like crazy and kill off a good amount of the life in the water by consuming all the oxygen. DFG was out asking divers about dead abalone sitting around on the bottom. There was an area south of BB last year that was closed early for ab because of the red tide. They were afraid they would die off completely. Not sure how long it will stick around.

On the bright side, the vis makes it easy to sneak up on fish. I was getting within arms length of the rockfish and cod. One of my abs had a really funky smell to it though...not sure if anything will be good eating next time I go out if the water stays the same.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Mike n on November 15, 2012, 11:53:53 AM
Any viz reports from Sonoma?  I am heading out tomorrow before the storm, Friday, 11-16.

TIA,

MN
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on November 15, 2012, 12:36:14 PM
It is good easy 10-15 +
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: underwater1 on November 15, 2012, 09:18:53 PM
The vis was 30 feet off Sea Ranch today in 50 feet of water.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Mike n on November 15, 2012, 10:32:50 PM
Kaboom.  I hope it holds until we get out. Thanks

Mn
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Red Abalone Diving on November 16, 2012, 10:03:24 AM
The vis was 30 feet off Sea Ranch today in 50 feet of water.
Hey Tom thanks for the invite........man it looks as if I missed a stellar day with 50 ft. of vis.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Mike n on January 14, 2013, 10:12:36 AM
Does anyone have a current viz report for Sonoma County?  Looking at Wednesday, 1-16.

MN
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Fej on January 14, 2013, 06:23:42 PM
It was 2ft in Trinidad Bay this afternoon. Still managed to get some decent scallops.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: snaildiver on January 31, 2013, 11:34:02 AM
Anyone have a current viz report in Mendocino or Salt Point area? I'm planning to dive Friday 2/1 and maybe 2/2. 
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Desertdiver on January 31, 2013, 11:55:00 AM
Alex, yesterday 1/30 afternoon, Van Dam vis 6'-8 inside,  8'-10' vis outside the northen point in 30-40'.  Water felt COLD. Good Luck watch for developing long period  swell this weekend.
Russ
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: snaildiver on February 02, 2013, 10:04:40 PM
Thanks Russ,  Dove 2/1 at Navaro.  Vis was about 20 close to shore. 
Out deeper, vis was worse!  maybe 10 feet.   I saw only a few fish.
Where are the lings?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Desertdiver on February 04, 2013, 10:00:30 AM
Glad to hear the conditions improved for you.  Did not see any lings either, even in the 'holes".  dozens of greenling.  Next time with luck, maybe lings.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: 1bADgRADY on April 05, 2013, 08:23:14 AM
Anyone have eyes on the sonoma coast?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on April 29, 2013, 06:44:18 PM
Had about 15ft of viz on the south side of Sonoma's Stillwater on Saturday, April 27.


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Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 03, 2013, 07:38:55 PM
Does anyone know the vis in Sonoma right now?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: troutbum24 on May 04, 2013, 08:04:32 PM
Mendocino had 15' today in good spots it was 20+
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on May 04, 2013, 08:08:02 PM
Mendocino had 15' today in good spots it was 20+
Thanks

I dove Sonoma today and the vis was the same 15-20'.  Wind was starting to pick up in the afternoon.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on May 17, 2013, 10:00:33 AM
Mendocino had 25ft of viz yesterday, May 16, 2013.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on May 27, 2013, 06:50:19 PM
Fisk Mill had 8 ft of viz on May 27, 2013.

It was a beautiful day on the water...no wind, 3 to 4 ft swell. Even had a few raindrops greeting me at the surface.

The water temp was cold, though, at 47°. Guess you can't have everything.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on June 25, 2013, 05:50:57 PM
Sea Ranch had 6 to 8ft of viz today , Tuesday, June 25 (away from the near-shore).

It was raining  :o, and the wind waves were confused and bouncy, but at least there was not much of a swell running, yet.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Malibu_Two on June 25, 2013, 06:19:44 PM
Dove near Jenner today. Viz wasn't great, maybe 5 feet. Saw 1 ab, shot 1 cab. Very surgy, not to mention rainy. It sucked.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on August 07, 2013, 08:48:25 PM
The viz at Fisk Mill on 8/7/13 ranged from 3 to 10 feet.

Spent the first half of the day resigned to diving in the murk all the way down to a dark 40 feet, but then when I paddled to a different spot, I was able to dive underneath it.

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Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on August 30, 2013, 12:02:28 PM
Yesterday, 8/29/13, the viz out of Albion varied from an unpleasant 3 to 4 ft. on Colby Reef (about 1/2 mile out), to about 6 feet among the rocks closer to shore.

The ocean was flat and mirror-like.

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Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Brewcrew80 on August 30, 2013, 01:23:19 PM
I dove Trinidad bay yesterday closer to the Indian Casino. The visibility was 18" at best.
P.S. There is a new Gopro down there that I am willing to pay a finders fee for. The gopro can be replaced but the memory's on the card can't. 
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Copeland on August 30, 2013, 02:05:42 PM
Weds was 20ft @ pine beach mendo, Casper S 10ft. Today. Was 15ft clear Casper
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on October 06, 2013, 09:16:03 PM
I dove Salt point area today with 3' vis  in 20-35' of water.  The ocean was super flat with no wind and the sun warming up the coast to the high 70's. 
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Joshua R. on October 07, 2013, 07:54:49 AM
We dove Albion yesterday, 10/06/13.  Viz was 20' until you got to 50' where it turned to soup.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: MATT MATTISON on October 07, 2013, 08:33:34 AM
Dove southern sonoma and vis was 10-12ft when we started but the time we were done had dropped down to 3-4ft.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Flipper on October 07, 2013, 06:22:31 PM
Praying to Poseidon that vis holds for this weekend.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Mike n on October 17, 2013, 08:16:35 AM
The north end of salt point was a hazy 6 feet down to 40 fsw on October 16
MN
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on November 01, 2013, 12:43:18 AM
Timber Cove on the outside was 25' vis in 35'-40'  of water.  It clouded up a little on the inside.  The ocean was flat with no wind.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: jjjjeremy on November 24, 2013, 07:07:37 PM
40 FEET!!!!!! inside SWS
Title: Viz?
Post by: StinkyPete on May 30, 2014, 08:42:57 AM
Anyone have a vis report from yesterday?  Today?  CenCal? Norcal?

I'm supposed to assist a scuba class tomorrow for pool skills but if the vis is good I may suddenly come down with a fever and let the other Divemasters handle it...
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Marco Mazza on May 30, 2014, 10:17:36 AM
Viz is about 0-3ft in pacifica, im sure that goes for most spots along the san mateo coast. Sorry, i know this probably doesnt help much but i thought i'd give a heads up. The waters most likely a bit more clean farther north and south as usual.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: el_pedorro on June 27, 2014, 05:51:11 PM
Looking sweet up in Mendocino. I went out yesterday (Thursday, June 26), and had 10 to 20 ft. vis with no swell. It's supposed to kick up though, by Sunday.

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Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: StinkyPete on June 27, 2014, 07:47:27 PM
6/27/14 - 5' vis in Monterey from the surface down to about 30'. After 30' it opened up to about 10'-15' vis. It was sunny when I left so I think the vis is going to get worse over the next few days.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on June 27, 2014, 10:00:00 PM
Dove Out of Timber Cove today and had 15-20' of vis and flat seas with little wind.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: CabKing65 on June 27, 2014, 10:27:00 PM
How was the Fish Life , Last Sat at Timber Cove Only few fish In Sight.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ken Butler on June 27, 2014, 10:49:31 PM
How was the Fish Life , Last Sat at Timber Cove Only few fish In Sight.
plenty!
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Copeland on June 27, 2014, 11:02:42 PM
n of brag 25-30 ft s was a slim 10-15 I heard threw the radio,
Gonna dive tommarow
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: pclark on July 28, 2014, 06:58:05 AM
Dove Gerstle yesterday.  Viz cleared up to about 10' at the bottom.   Was pretty calm on the surface.

Shot 5 blues, 2 greenlings, 1 black & yellow and one olive. 
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Nick F on August 26, 2014, 11:17:51 AM
Anyone able to report on Viz in Monterey/Carmel area?
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Yowlie on August 26, 2014, 11:33:41 AM
Sunday morning viz @ 500+ yds off coral street-Lover's Pt. was really good, with sunlight noticeable at 25', starting to get murky as swell and wind picked up midday . . . .  still had to be over 20' at 40ft depth . . . .
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Alana on August 26, 2014, 11:41:24 AM
Lovers point in Monterey yesterday (mon) was probably 15ft at the bottombut a little murky at the top.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: BigJim on August 26, 2014, 12:23:10 PM
Nick, Damanij is out around Carmel right now so you can shoot him a PM to get a viz report for that side.

Sincerely,

Jim
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Nick F on August 26, 2014, 02:01:02 PM
Thanks, all!
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: willidru on April 10, 2015, 07:01:25 PM
Timber Cove 15-20 feet viz.  Great conditions today.
Title: Re: Viz?
Post by: Ptown707 on August 05, 2015, 06:31:57 PM
Viz report for Gualala yesterday 6-8ft, too bad because the ocean was so flat.  Tried multiple spots, same-same.  Did manage to shoot two lings in the 24-26in range, one copper, one kelp greenlings and pulled one nine inch AB.  No pictures sorry, brought my new go pro 4, got home to watch the video, somehow I managed to turn it off 3 seconds into the dive..... lame.  I attached the go pro to an octo mask I got from Mako.  The mask fits well, but like others on here warned it provides a catching point for kelp with the camera, so it pulled the mask from my face a couple times.  Also just the water resistance when surfacing broke the seal a couple times, I might try the gun mount.