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Old 02-25-2019, 04:58 PM   #3181
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So, wow - what a day Saturday was. It shall be known henceforth as the Great Sherpa Slaughter of 2019!

Me, my brother, his son (not a diver), Paul (Sea Sage), and my buddy Jarno from Finland went out of NPR on the Pelican. Jarno was visiting Florida again like he did at this time 2 years ago. I took him out then in Tampa Bay where he shot his biggest fish ever (16" sherpa) - he spears in Finland's lakes, and sometimes the Baltic, but the fish are small and water is VERY cold. I really wanted him to experience the GOM so was SO happy that the conditions were great.

Calm, flat ride out at 38mph - first stop was Pasco 4 artificial.

Top water temps 69, bottom 67. Nice in a 3 mil and no hood. LOADED with Sherpa - I could have shot the boat's limit on my first dive. Nailed some monsters. Saw gags, small hogs, a few goliaths, and a decent amount of mangos. No sharks, spanish macks or kings seen all day.

Quite a few people showed up while we were down and some got very close to us, definitely less than 100 yards, but at least they were not going fast or trolling around.

Moved on to some ledges near Pasco 2 and then I took the guys to the tanks nearby and the Pyramid since they had never been there.

Had a fun turtle encounter (he ended up following me around for most of my dive, unbeknownst to me) and Jarno nailed a monster mango on the Pyramid. He used his own design break-down polespear (much nicer than the Mako one I have) and gave it to me as a gift. I'll post pics of that later on another thread - very cool.

Great time out on the water, everyone took fish home, and the Pelican is running like a top after replacing the faulty O2 sensor.

Oh, and my new dive ladder is making me kick myself for not having installed it sooner - great addition to the boat!


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Old 02-25-2019, 07:31 PM   #3182
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Nice mess of fish!
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:33 AM   #3183
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Nice job!
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:59 PM   #3184
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Dove 3/2/19. Went NW outta Clw pass, so mainly out off of Hurricane pass/Dunedin/Palm harbor area. In 48' viz was 30 foot. Lot of sheep head. Moved to 60' and viz remained 30'. Couple of serious fog banks moved in around noon. One lifted! Then another. Quickly became an issue when
I had a diver still in and could only see 100' or so. Hog and mango gathering was slow. 4 of us ended up with 10 Hogs, 4 mango, 7 sheep, porgy, lion fish. Enjoyed the viz and saw plenty of gags. Not as calm as expected. Later in pm laid all the way down. Had expected flat calm all day.
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:31 AM   #3185
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WNW out of Anclote in 40-60 was fishy. Hit 4 spots and all held gags and the deeper spots held some big ARS. Vis was 20-30. Water temp on the bottom was 67 with a thermo at 25. Still a little cold for my liking! Ended up with a cooler of hogs, mangos and sherpa. Got ran out of the water by a shark on a super fishy spot but I was able to grab this lobster first.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:09 PM   #3186
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WNW out of Anclote in 40-60 was fishy. Hit 4 spots and all held gags and the deeper spots held some big ARS. Vis was 20-30. Water temp on the bottom was 67 with a thermo at 25. Still a little cold for my liking! Ended up with a cooler of hogs, mangos and sherpa. Got ran out of the water by a shark on a super fishy spot but I was able to grab this lobster first.
DUDE! Those were MY spots! LOL - j/k - very nice haul. I have yet to get a slipper - how do they taste compared to florida lobster and Atlantics?

Ledges, I assume? You and me usually hit spots in the same neck of the woods - good to hear they are very fishy - hoping the ARS stay around until at least end of June.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:57 PM   #3187
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Thanks! It all tastes like lobster to me and it’s all delicious! They’re out there if you know where/how to look for them. We hit a couple ledges and a couple rock piles.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:18 PM   #3188
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Went out of Clearwater to the Rube Allyn yesterday 3/12. Beautiful day once the fog and clouds dried up. Hazy top to bottom viz in 45. Water temp 67 degrees. Shot some of the famous Sherpa and mango. Saw a lot of of undersized gags from 6-18 at every place we dove which was encouraging.

Overall was a great day to take off work.
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