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Old 09-29-2017, 11:50 AM   #2641
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Re: Current Vis - Tampa Bay Region (Homosassa to Sarasota)

Thursday , 65' W of NPR, visibility of 10' on the bottom in a layer of bad water. Another week or full moon tide change before I go again.
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:24 PM   #2642
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Thursday , 65' W of NPR, visibility of 10' on the bottom in a layer of bad water. Another week or full moon tide change before I go again.
You went too deep.
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Old 10-01-2017, 10:25 PM   #2643
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vis was pretty good off AMI. Top was clear and 5-10' murk on bottom. Artificial were cleaner than ledges
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:18 PM   #2644
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12 miles off NPR in 30 feet - pea soup, maybe 5 foot viz.

Moved out to 50 feet - cleared up some, maybe 15 feet, but still a bit of "whale sperm" in the column until 15 feet off the bottom. Lots of jellys. Not a lot of shootable hogs, but did nail some mangos, a 26" gag, a few sherpa, and saw some nice triggers. No sharks, no AJs, no cobia, or flounder.

Water temps about 82 - very refreshing and nice to not have to wear a wetsuit yet.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:01 PM   #2645
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12 miles off NPR in 30 feet - pea soup, maybe 5 foot viz.

Moved out to 50 feet - cleared up some, maybe 15 feet, but still a bit of "whale sperm" in the column until 15 feet off the bottom. Lots of jellys. Not a lot of shootable hogs, but did nail some mangos, a 26" gag, a few sherpa, and saw some nice triggers. No sharks, no AJs, no cobia, or flounder.

Water temps about 82 - very refreshing and nice to not have to wear a wetsuit yet.
Good for you braving the post storm vis.
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Old 10-10-2017, 08:45 PM   #2646
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Good for you braving the post storm vis.
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When I dropped on that first spot I said to myself, "Damn, Charlie was ****ing right - this day is gonna suck, and I didn't bring any fishing gear." But then I remembered what you said about heading further out, and since the conditions were calming down we kept going to our best spots in 50 feet and ended up doing pretty good.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:53 AM   #2647
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So, here's some video from my two dives in Oct so far - gives you an idea of viz in 50 feet of water 20 miles west of NPR.

Many of the gags were a lot less skittish this time out, though.

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Old 10-12-2017, 12:56 PM   #2648
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Were the mangos you shot pretty big? You passed on some that I think I probably woulve shot.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:39 PM   #2649
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Were the mangos you shot pretty big? You passed on some that I think I probably woulve shot.
You know, I didn't shoot at a single mango - I've got so many in my freezer that I was more interested in the fish I don't have a lot of, especially the grouper and hog. My buddies shot a few, and most were over 14", I think the biggest was 17", but honestly most of the ones I saw weren't over 15".
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:41 AM   #2650
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Spearboard should have its own thread discussing how delicious small Mangrove Snappers are.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:21 PM   #2651
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Got out today and wow . . I mean WOW! One of the best dive days I've had in ages. Perfect flat calm seas, 83 degree water, and lots of fish.

Hit Pasco 4 artificial first and while viz was a hazy 10-12 feet, it was LOADED with fish. Lots of goliaths that bugged us, a reef shark and a big bull shark that smacked my buddy Rich (Seal Rock) hard on his tank. He lost a stringer but it could have been worse.

Hit a spot in 25 feet west of the Bendickson reef looking for a lost anchor of a buddy of mine from 1.5 years ago - found it! And found another nice one. Great spot but viz was crap, but still got a few fish.

Hit a secret spot 25 miles west of Hernando in 35 feet and it was loaded with lots of fish. Current and viz started to get bad, but still managed a nice bag.

Hit our best spots on the way back in 50 fsw west of NPR and scored some nice grouper, hogs, etc. and MUCH better viz.

Could have got a lot more fish but it was just a nice, relaxing day with good friends and had a very nice time.

BTW - those gags in the pics are all 26+ inches, so that tells you just how BIG that one hog was. Seeing a lot of hogs, mangos, sherpa out there, and I think the place to go is Pasco and Hernando for good, healthy, and bigger fish.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:24 PM   #2652
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It was one of the best days out there. Thanks for heading back down with with me to look for the stringer. Was kinda hoping A-hole would show up again, had a present.


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Old 10-16-2017, 08:25 PM   #2653
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It was one of the best days out there. Thanks for heading back down with with me to look for the stringer. Was kinda hoping A-hole would show up again, had a present.


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Old 10-16-2017, 08:30 PM   #2654
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Nice dive! And thank you alot for the reports, ill try heading out there soon. Haven't touched the water in months due to Irma and the vis.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:16 AM   #2655
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25 West of AMI, planned to spear and hook and line. Water out there was like a olive green lake color, not the nice clear blue. Anyway, temp was 87 @ 70' deep, initially there were a few 14" sized jellyfish in the way but you could navigate around them, but about 20 mins into the dive there were probably hundreds of them, and we had to call it. Viz was 15-20' horizontal. Not too fishy where we were, but we didn't dive long either. As for the hook and line spots we hit, no legal red grouper or gags caught, but a bunch of the normal fare, lanes, porgy, vermilion, etc...
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