All Over He** and Gone

Boy, did we cover a lot of ocean today.  We were searching for somewhere to take a full boatload of folk who had traveled a long way to get to us.  They deserved to dive in good conditions, not fog.  First, it was up the river, only to find the wind had shifted to the northeast.  Bad conditions for Folly or Plum Coves.  So, we turned around and headed back down the Annisquam and out into Gloucester Harbor.

The fog had lessened and we kept going.  We got so far as to anchor at Popplestone Ledge, but the sea was sending in rollers from the southeast even though the breeze was from the northeast.  It wouldn’t have been a good set for those staying up top.

Pete and Pat pulled the anchor and we motored around Kettle Island only to find another dive boat at the prime anchorage.  His divers were all over the place and I didn’t want to hastle them by dropping anchor right there.  The site also had a lobsterman pulling traps very slowly, by hand, from a dory.  Not good company.

Finally, I looked over to Saddle Rock and saw only calm water, no rollers, no competition for an anchorage, with the breeze from the shore, so I made for it.  Good choice.  Pete got two good sized lobsters, Linsley M. and The Captain videoed fish feeding, Laurent, Steve Gates, and Juli all hunted for lobsters too.  Kevin M. couldn’t dive but was an excellent mate and bubble-looker-outter-for. 

Jacki K. gave the wonderful underwater boulders and cliffs just off Coolidge Point (a.k.a. Saddle Rock) high marks, even though the visibility was poor at about 5-10 feet.  The water temperature was 50 degrees.  Pete said they saw cunner, skates, striped bass, sculpin, and sea ravens.  Laurent saw a living, cream-colored, horseshoe crab which was about 1 foot long.

The second dive was at the southwest corner of Kettle Island in about 45 feet of water, now that everyone else had left.  Laurent had good pickin’s and totalled nine lobsters for the day.  Juli pronounced it to be a great place with lots of fish to see up in the shallows next to the island.  Linsley saw lots of fish again and even noticed lobsters around the anchor that looked big enough to be keepers.  Again, the temperature was 50 degrees on the bottom.

The weather for the day was cool, drippy, drizzly, dreary, and foggy.  I wore my fleece gloves the whole time along with my full foul weather gear.

But the customers and crew were great fun, as always.  Who could as for more?

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