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Feb 24, 2008

Bob Diaz | SpearBlog 2008 | February 24, 2008 | Print

Winds: 5-10 SSE
Seas: 1 foot
Surf Temp: +/- 76F
Viz: 25-35 feet
After receiving a late Saturday afternoon call, and some frantic packing of all my stuff, I was waiting at the marina for my friends at 7:30am to do some more diving in Miami. We headed out of Matheson Hammock marina towards Fowey Light early enough to pass about a dozen boats making bait (what's that stuff used for again?). The seas were completely flat as far as the eye could see, and the best I have seen in Miami for quite some time. As we headed out the shallower areas looked very promising with respect to its clarity (but we were still in about 12-15 feet).

 The first spot we jumped in on was in about 20-22 feet of water. We found some nice rock formations and a couple of nice boulders with some good size cracks for hiding, but to no avail. There were no fish here with the exception of a couple of legal hogfish that we did end up taking and one nice size cero mackerel that I couldn't get a shot off on.  We moved on and continued to dive in that 25 foot range without a whole lot to show for it.

We started driving further south and ended up down past Elliot Key looking for some more fruitful locations. We finally ended up drifting into 30-35 feet of water where we found some really attractive bottom. This area had some of the best looking bottom. These areas of deep cracks and ledges stretched on for at least 1/2 mile. I finally ended up getting that grouper in the picture for this week in about 30-35 feet of water. As we kept going we ended up in about 42 feet of water where I finally saw more than a few fish in one spot. I got a shot off on a nice size mutton but I unfortunately hit it in the gut and it tore off before I had to surface and lost it in the haze. Oh well, I'm sure somebody got a free meal out of it...