July 31, 2009
Dive day two for the divers from Northwest OK Scuba took us out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. The gas rig 9 miles off the of the South Padre Island coast did not disappoint as divers were treated to a myriad of marine life. They reported seeing: octopus, wrasse, damsel fish, spade fish, large barracuda, arrow crabs, brittle starfish, and of course our native schools of lookdowns.
July 30, 2009
Divers from Northwest Oklahoma Scuba in Enid, OK made the trek to South Padre for two days of diving to the Texas Clipper and area gas rigs. Visibility was around 40 feet and seas were moderate at 2 – 4 feet.
July 25, 2009
Dive World of San Antonio came to South Padre Island for a trip to the Texas Clipper. Seas were moderate and a current was observed coming out of the North carrying nitrate rich waters from the Mississippi River. The group was undeterred and were treated to some great dives on the Clipper. Although viz was not the 100 ft that we have been spoiled with of late, it was good enough to leave the divers, of Texas’ largest artificial reef, wanting to come back for more.
July 20, 2009
Snorkel trip and certification dive to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Currents were moderate for a group of advanced snorklers from the Harlingen area. Beneath the surface, divers from Brownsville Fire Department were finishing their Open Water course and saw large bait ball of silver fish that have taken over Little Sara, as well as the usual suspects of Lookdowns, snapper, barracuda and octopus.
July 18, 2009
SUDS divers came out again for a two tank trip to the Texas Clipper. Waters were clear blue. The beginning of the dive was a little murky due to the shrimpers dragging the bottom of the Gulf. However, as the day wore on, the sediment settled down and viz opened back up to be in the 80 foot range.
July 17, 2009
Divers from SUDS out of San Antonio, Texas did two dives of the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Waters were blue and calm for the divers who were treated to sightings of octopi, larges schools of lookdowns, stone fish, moray eel, wrasse, damsel fish, large barracuda and more.
July 15, 2009
Texas Clipper two tank trip with TPWD
July 12, 2009
Dive to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Locals and out of towners enjoyed clear blue water, calm seas and a plethora of marine life.
July 11, 2009
Tons of Steel trip. We ended up doing 3 dives on the Texas Clipper today. Water was blue with viz in the 60 – 80 foot range.
July 9, 2009
Boys Scouts from Katy, Texas were certified today as we journeyed back out to Little Sara for their certification dives. Waters were still on the cooler side at around 74 degrees. Visibility was still in the 50 – 60 foot range. Congratulations to all of the hard work put in by both groups of scouts this week. They should all be very proud of their accomplishment!
July 8, 2009
Boys Scouts from Pearland came out and were certified on the Iron Reef Little Sara. The scouts were welcomed to the underwater world by a pod of spinner dolphin that came and played at the surface near the back of the Diver 1. Water temps were brisk, 75 degrees at depth, and viz was in the 60 foot range.
July 3, 2009
Centex Dive Club made the drive from Austin to come dive the Clipper with us, and they were not disappointed. Visibility was 80 – 100 feet down to around the 70 to 80 foot level. Divers saw large barracuda, schooling lookdowns, giant arrowcrab, and several large remoras. Currents were moderate and seas were nice and calm.
July 1, 2009
BSA Troop 332 from Spring, Texas came down to get certified and made their first dives on Little Sara. The Troop braved moderate currents and visibility during their first ever ocean dive but were treated to large schools of lookdowns, sargeant majors, coco damsels and even spotted an octopus. Viz was 40 feet and the current was 1/2 knot.