July 4th Weekend Gypsy Blood Trip Report
Posted by Captain Jim on 7/6/2011, 8:42 am
What a weekend we had, Friday the Resor, Saturday the Mohawk with some old friend, but new NE divers, Sunday the Algol and Cranford Ferry and then Sunday fishing (Yes fishing off the Gypsy Blood). I will try to keep this brief; |
Saturday the 1st, we took the Diversion Group to the Resor and we good not have had a better day for this, barely one foot seas and plenty of sun. The surface vis was at least 50 feet and it easy to see the divers moving below the boat and I could actually identify who they were. The bottom dropped to a mere 25 to 30 feet of vis, but this depends on who you are asking. After Bart had us tied in, everyone hit the water. As they were coming back to the boat, I could see that my newly installed scallop finder was worth every penny I spent on it.
Bags were coming up full and if you were one of the last divers coming aboard, you had to duck the falling shells all around the boat. I think we only had a couple of bugs come up, but really do not think anyone was looking very hard.
Saturday the 2nd, I had a group from Blue Water Divers coming out the Mohawk. Again we were greeted with perfect conditions since this was the first northeast dive for most people in this trip. Again the surface vis was great, but once you got on the wreck the vis dropped to about 15 feet. Everyone had a great time and the experienced divers even brought up some nice fish and bugs.
Sunday the 3rd, we had Treasure Cove out for a trip to the Algol. When we left the dock we had great conditions, but the further we got out we got, the seas were picking up. But they were not too bad. We were hooked up and quick and once we were tied in, we were sitting nice. The guys headed in, but the wreck did not produce and fish or bugs. With the rough seas, we decided to head back in shore for the second dive. On the way in we decided to head the Cranford Ferry and since we most hunters on board. When we got there is was a completely different ocean, flat, no wind. I really didnít even need to ties in.
Monday the 4th, I had decided I decided I would take my family and some friends out fishing. Now this is something that I will be first to admit, I know nothing about. I am a dive boat captain, not a fishing boat captain. So I talked to David from the Jamaica Princess and he agreed to come with me to help out. David rigged the rods and brought the bait. We headed up to a spot called simply the Rocks. We were to be fishing for Fluke. So after talking to David and having gotten some advice from Kenny on the Jamaica Princess, I setup a drift and the lines went in.
We caught a lot of shorts and Skates, but we did get some keepers and even some really good size Sea Bass. Both my Daughter and Son each caught a Shark and they thought they were really cool. Tommy even had a nice size Fluke on the line, but by the time he got it to the boat, a shark had bitten the back half of the fish clean off.
I may have to try this again sometime, we had a blast thanks the Dave from the Jamaica Princess. If you are ever thinking about a fish trip, look these guys up, you wonít be disappointed.
Captain Jim Wilson