Labor Day was beyond beautiful.  Cloudless sun, stiff southwesterly breeze, low humidity, and great people combined to make it one of the nicest dive days of the season.  We were happy to leave the swells behind and make our way up to Folly Cove on the north side of Cape Ann. 

We had a new person – Ed Stopa – from Rhode Island who had never been there.  Laurent Dubois, Larry Fine, and Dianne Kelleher were OK with diving there, so I anchored in about 35 feet just at the little point where most shore divers turn around and start back.  We were amazed to watch Ed don so little neoprene as he suited up.  He had a step-in, long-sleeved, shortie over a dive skin and wore a small, neoprene, water polo cap with thin, warm-water gloves, and regular wet suit boots.  That was it.  He was in the water for 50 minutes and it was 59 degrees at the surface and 45 at the bottom at 57 feet.  The thermocline was at about 40 feet.  Visibility was “better than Rhode Island,” according to Ed, who had won a trip on Easy Diver via Deb Greenhalgh’s Divers for Hope program.  We thought it was about 10-15 feet, depending on whether a lobster hunter had crossed your path. 

We just motored to the other side of the cove for our second dive.  I anchored in about 35 feet in front of the Lobster Pool restaurant.  Here the bottom was large boulders and the lobster hunters had a better time and more success than they had had on the first dive.

Laurent caught a large, gold-colored pollack by hand.  He said it had been under a rock and when he approached it with his lobster bag open, he was able to coax it into the net without it realizing it was being trapped.  He brought it to the surface to general acclaim and then let it go again after everyone had admired it.  What technique!  Next time he tries it, we’ve agreed I’ll be nearby with the video camera running.

The dive ended too soon and we were off back down the river to get cleaned up for Pete’s annual Labor Day cookout.  There were going to be lobsters for lunch, I heard.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

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