Tough getting your children in one spot at the same time, really tough when they get older. Great day enjoyed every minute of it.
Christmas Day I headed south about mid-day en route to Blue Grotto. The plan was to meet Clyde the next evening. A buddy of mine that lives in Florida was going to join us for a day of diving as well. Our plan was to dive as many springs as possible, camp out, relax and have a good time. This was also the maiden voyage of my van, even though it was not completely converted. By the way, it still isn't complete...a lot of work converting one of these things!
We had a blast and dove some really incredible sites. Base Camp was Blue Grotto, I had dove there in January and knew it was a good central location to the other sites. Plus the rates are good and the whole place is clean and well ran. If you have not been to Blue Grotto your missing out. Take a look at the videos listed below. Please subscribe to my channel, hit the Like Button and leave your comments. Thanks for watching...
Thanks for watching, HH...
is simply outstanding! Twelve miles offshore in 3-4 foot seas, we anchored over the USS Mindanao. The spear fishing divers entered the water first and quickly headed for the wreck. We made last minute checks on our gear and got final instruction from the dive master, Lloyd from Sea Dogs Dive Center: " Enter the water, swim to the anchor line and meet me at 15' on the line."
Within a few minutes we were on the line heading down to the wreck. The wreck is huge at 446 feet long. The first thing I noticed was all the life swimming around. Everywhere I looked, fish were darting around the rusted and encrusted skeleton. We followed Lloyd around the wreck, while he pointed out points of interest and several very large fish. I saw a huge Goliath Grouper (my guess was 250 lbs), Lionfish, flounder everywhere and other fish I could not identify. While heading back up the anchor line a school of barracuda were spotted 15 feet away. A couple sandbar sharks followed us up to the boat, they seemed to be very skittish and kept their distance. One of the spear fish divers said they saw a Tiger shark...
After everyone was back on board, Lloyd started to prepare a little snack before we made our second dive. One of the Lion fish spotted was killed and brought back up for some sashimi style treats. Lloyd also brought along a fresh pineapple and water melon. Very nice touch by Lloyd and Yes, I did try the sashimi and its was surprisingly good.
The second dive was on a 100' sunken barge. This wreck was covered with all kinds of fish as well. Another Goliath Grouper swam around and did appear to follow us a few times. Huge schools of some type of bait fish moved about in unison.
The boat Capt, Robert was very knowledgeable and made sure the ride out and back was comfortable. It did rain some on the return trip and the sea got up there but the setup on the boat and the Captain's skills made sure we were comfortable and secure.
Being new to the world of diving I must say I felt safe with these guys and the total setup with Sea Dogs. The local knowledge of the area is worth the cost alone. The other divers on the boat appeared to be locals and repeat customers. They were friendly and shared their knowledge. I liked it so much, I signed up for another dive...
Day 2: Diving with Sea Dogs
Day 2 we headed back out to the USS Mindanao. It's such a huge ship to explore, going in and out of the wreck. This time we entered the ship at one of the holes that sunk the ship. This opening was two decks down from the top deck, plenty of room to maneuver and the view is outstanding inside the wreck. The second dive was on the same 100 foot barge that was sunk years ago. Two Cobia were bagged, a few Lion fish. Big Rays were spotted as well as a 8 foot hammer head and some sand bar sharks. While going to release the anchor and on the way up Lloyd shot a huge 50 lbs Cobia, making that three total.
NEW DISCOVERY CHANNEL SERIES ‘TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND’ SETS OUT TO FIND LEGENDARY TREASURE IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST DEADLY PLACES
In 1524, a horde of Incan gold – known as the “Treasure of the Trinity” – was stolen. For 500 years, Jesuits priests, privateers such as Thomas Cavendish and mathematician Paul Thiry have all searched the coast of Brazil for this legendary bounty, but in all that time, no one has cracked the code as to where the treasure might have been hidden… until now.
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TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND is produced for Discovery Channel by MAK Pictures. For MAK Pictures, Executive Producers are Mark Kadin and Will Ehbrecht. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producer is Joseph Boyle with Associate Producer Sara Van Acker. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.
Best under water metal detector is the Minelab Excaliber
After years of putting it on the back burner, I finally did the necessary training to become a scuba diver. I have been after my good friend Robbie to do the training with me, we both signed up and started the course in February.
First part was a Saturday and Sunday, were we had class the first part of the day and then a pool section the second half of the day. Next up was the confined Open Water dives. For this we went to Rawlings, VA. Lake Phoenix is an old quarry that has been turned into a Scuba Park. With visibility at 40+ feet and depths 60+ feet. This place is really cool...sunken boats, a helicopter, a plane and many other sunken objects to explore. Check out Lake Phoenix here.
Here are a few guys that treasure hunt in the water. DetectorComparisons, Frogmaster Riviera, gijsjan1971, and Jiri Miketa. Gives these guys a look and subscribe to them. Obviously my reason for learning to dive is to find more treasure. Look for some articles, videos and photos of some up coming hunts while diving.
Good luck and HH...
CTX owners have heard the stories of the battery bank leaking and destroying the machine. My CTX has never leaked but I have not taken it much deeper than a few feet below the surface. It appears the standard O-rings are the issue and this simple mod can fix that. I still have some warranty on my machine but when that is up, I will be doing this mod. (Already ordered the O-rings) Stay tuned for the video on how this is done, should be out by weeks end. Until then read this thread at TreasureNet on the mod. Give Frogmaster Riviera a sub on Youtube, like and comment.
Good luck and HH