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NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => SCUBA Dive Reports and Discussion => Topic started by: NorCal DiverDave on April 21, 2016, 05:04:32 PM

Title: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: NorCal DiverDave on April 21, 2016, 05:04:32 PM
Me and Mike did 2 tanks out of his boat Wednesday 4-20 to take advantage of the nice conditions that we have not seen in months.
I was finally able to try out my new speargun I got from Mike N. "MAN Mid-handles".The gun has good range and accuracy. I was not used to the range and shot the shaft clean through many of the fish.
I saw over 10 legal lingcod. Shot 3, the best was 37”-14lb. Two reds 19”-6lb. And a few blues.
The highlight of the dive was when I shot a blue rockfish on the way up and let the fish drop down with the spear shaft through it, I felt a tug on the gun and I thought it was stuck in the rocks, I looked down to see a lingcod was holding on to it.
After dropping off the tanks and regulator's we went back to get a few abalone 8” to 9”
Weather and ocean conditions were nice, 5 foot visibility at 40 feet and 20 foot vis at 60 t0 70 feet. Mild swells and strong surface currants.


(http://s31.postimg.org/rc16qffw7/Dave_ligs_n_reds.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/rc16qffw7/)

(http://s31.postimg.org/cgu7tacs7/Ocean_3.jpg) (http://postimg.org/image/cgu7tacs7/)
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: DG on April 21, 2016, 05:15:55 PM
That's a lot of fish.  Thanks for sharing.  I still won't shoot a fish on scuba.  I just like being able to look longer. Now I know I have to dive deeper to get better vis up here. 
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: chaeki on April 21, 2016, 05:30:38 PM
Ty for the report, nice fish. 
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: DG on April 21, 2016, 06:34:19 PM
That's like saying I wouldn't shoot a 45" ling on scuba.  Could be a real conflict in my brain and I may end up shooting it. I think you would go home with the red if you saw it. 
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: dogpaddle on April 21, 2016, 06:41:40 PM
Nice fish. Like to try it on scuba some day.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: MATT MATTISON on April 21, 2016, 08:15:48 PM
Nice fish Dave, tell mike I say hi.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: CabKing65 on April 21, 2016, 09:38:22 PM
YARRR< BLOW EM BUBBLES  !

Well played man!
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: dank on April 22, 2016, 08:35:36 AM
Nice fish! I would also like to plug Mike N's guns. I have an almost identical MAN Midhandle and it is as functional as it is a fine piece of art. Mike's work is superb and he's a great guy as well. 
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: Yowlie on April 22, 2016, 08:46:32 AM
Nice fish and +1 on the MAN.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: Mike n on April 22, 2016, 12:00:48 PM
Awesome fish, Dave!  I hope this is the first of many heavy stringers for you and your new gun.

MN
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: jjjjeremy on April 23, 2016, 03:33:46 PM
Good job Dave!  And thanks for posting the SCUBA report.  I might shoot fish more on scuba if it was easier.  Dispatching a fish, putting it on a stringer, and restringing an open muzzle gun while dealing with buoyancy and swell is no joke.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: StinkyPete on April 23, 2016, 07:41:02 PM
That's like saying I wouldn't shoot a 45" ling on scuba.  Could be a real conflict in my brain and I may end up shooting it. I think you would go home with the red if you saw it.

I think you'd take a good long look at it, then point your gun at it and do the right thing.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: Abalonejoe on April 23, 2016, 09:31:33 PM
Im in suspense....
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: DG on April 24, 2016, 06:58:36 AM
Still pondering.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: NorCal DiverDave on April 25, 2016, 09:52:44 AM
Thanks all!
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: maodiver on April 25, 2016, 10:05:46 AM
SCUBA fish taste just like regular fish.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: boogiebrdrsteve on April 25, 2016, 01:11:53 PM
Gotta Love elitist's who believe that their way is the only way. Personally I won't use a weight belt, or mask makes it to way to easy.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: MATT MATTISON on April 25, 2016, 01:29:12 PM
Gotta Love elitist's who believe that their way is the only way. Personally I won't use a weight belt, or mask makes it to way to easy.


I will say this everyone has their way of doing it and there way they enjoy it !! i FEEL everyone is entitled to their beliefs on the subject. My thoughts are as long as you are enjoying what you are doing, respecting the resource and following the law what does it matter, but with saying that my self I find it more rewarding and satisfying shooting fish on breath hold. But it all BOILS DOWN TO THIS !!! ARE YOU ENJOYING WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND FOLLOWING THE REGS ! THAT IS ALL THAT MATTER THE HELL WITH EVERYONE ELSE. 

just for conversation scuba spearfishing is banned in most of the world for what it is worth.
Title: Re: Scuba dive report and ocean conditions, Sonoma.
Post by: DG on April 25, 2016, 01:53:45 PM
Gotta Love elitist's who believe that their way is the only way. Personally I won't use a weight belt, or mask makes it to way to easy.
Not sure what thread you were reading but no one was saying they were elitists.  I said I haven't done it, but never said my way was the only way.  I know this site is for all underwater hunters and like reports from all.  I like scuba for different reasons but often enjoy many hours in the water and don't like all the extra gear and tanks just to spear fish.  Now photography on scuba is pretty cool as I always see more.  I never have a problem putting fish on the table freediving but if that ever changes and scuba is the only way to keep spearing fish I would not hesitate.