October 31 Happy Halloween
Divers from the Valley, Canada, and San Antonio ventured out to the Texas Clipper, however, currents from the Rio Grand river prevented them from getting on the ship so everyone opted to head north to the Dolphin rig. Visibility was 50 feet with 85 degree water and choppy seas. The 5 spear fisherman on board were very successful. Seas are predicted be to be rough this week so we look forward to next weekend.!
Divers from the Valley and San Antonio went back to the Texas Clipper in 2 to 4 foot seas. Water temperature on the ship was 86 degrees with visibility around 80 feet all the way to the oceans floor. A large school on ling cod circled the ship much like sentinels on guard duty. Diver I crew spent some time cleaning up line and will start cleaning off the shrimp nets soon.
Today we could see the floor of the ocean surrounding the Texas Clipper. Visibility was around 100 feet and got better as we went deeper. Pictures tell a thousand words thanks to Paul Schmeider.
Divers from Duggan Diving and South Texas made their way out to the Texas Clipper with very calm seas and blue water. Spear fishing was great so many of the divers booked for Sunday's trip as well. Visibility was around 70 feet with bottom temperature at 85 degrees. Photo's by Paul Schmeider
Clear water made it's way back into the southern gulf with visibility around 50 feet on the Dolphin rig and Little Sara. Currents were .25 knots and water temp was around 82 degrees.
Divers went out to the Texas Clipper in 2 to 4 foot seas. Fresh water from the Trinity river was still flowing into the gulf with a moderate current. Visibility was around 30 feet and water temperature was 82 degrees to 70 feet and then went up to 88 degrees from 70 feet to the bottom.
Congratulations to Gerard Newman from Hawaii for completing his NAUI Course Director workshop at American Diving.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! DIVE WEEK
The raffle ticket winners are ta dah !!!!
Jessie Yantes, Devine Texas HID canister light by Halcyon
Gene Rutland, Port Isabel Texas Atomic M1 and Z2 regulators
Mark Haynes, South Padre Island Halcyon Infiniti
Divers from Dive World went to the Texas Clipper with very calm seas. The first dive had 40 to 60 foot visibility on the wreck depending on the depth. On the second dive the water opened up to 70 or 80 feet all over the wreck. We will be diving the Texas Clipper all week. Call for reservations.
Congratulations goes out to Jared Price, from Oklahoma, for finishing a very intensive 14 day Instructor Training Course!!
Dive West came back out with us today along with some locals and we headed out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Seas were moderate at 2 - 4 feet and there was a slight current moving toward the southeast. Viz was 80 - 100 feet down to 45 feet, from there an upwelling cut the viz down to a few feet.
Divers from Dive West of Dallas and Houston went on a TONS OF STEEL Dive to the Texas Clipper and then on to the Iron Island Seana's Rig. In the morning seas were 2 to 4 feet increasing to 3 to 5 feet in the afternoon. Water temperature was 86 degrees with a slight current from the north. Visibility was some 80 to 100feet.
A group of divers and students made the trip out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara, and were treated to flat, calm seas, blue, warm water and large schools of fish. Visibility was 100+ feet and water temps were 85 F. Divers reported seeing tons of snapper, large cobia, lookdowns, Atlantic spades, cocoa damsels, triggerfish, butterfly fish and more. Congratulations to Sandy, Juan and Melissa for completing open water and to David, Juan and Melissa for completing Ntirox!
Sea Sports of Houston dived the Texas Clipper today. Divers were treated to ideal surface and water conditions in calm blue seas with 100 ft+ of visibility. The current was moderate, but divers stayed on the guide lines leading to the wreck and were able to negotiate the moving water.
Sea Sports of Houston made the trek out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Seas were rough and divers fought strong currents to complete two dives. Divers reported seeing schools of mangrove snapper, large barracuda, sergeant majors, cobia, lookdowns and more. Visibilty was reported to be approximately 50 ft.
A group of trimix divers dived the Texas Clipper using a 26/17 hyperoxic trimix. Seas were 3 to 5 feet with a strong current on top. The thermocline was at about 110 feet. Water temp was 86 degrees until 80 feet where it dropped down slightly. Visibility was around 100 feet. Large schools of Atlantic Rays were seen all over the ship. Lots of Ivory bush coral are growing very fast.
The Finz came out again for a dive to the Texas Clipper and were treated to flat calm seas. The current was still running strong, but divers were able to move out of it once down on the wreck. Visibility was great and was reported to be around 80+ feet. Numerous species were seen by divers including Spanish hogfish, squirrelfish, queen angels, barracuda, sting rays and much more.
Finz Dive Club from Dallas came down for 2 days of diving. Seas were 2 to 4 feet and currents were fairly strong near the surface at about .5 knots. Visibility averaged 60 to 80 feet on the Iron Reef, Seana's Rig, and a group of Open Water Students held on to finish up their certification. Congratulations to Eddie, Richie, Jennifer and Lindsey.
Divers from Mammoth Lake went to the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 2 to 4 feet and the current was reduced from yesterday to about .25 knots. River water is still offshore but the visibility held to around 50 feet under the thermocline.
San Antonio and Houston divers went to the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 3 to 5 feet and the current was running SE fro the Rio Grande river. First dive held 70 foot visibility but as fresh water continued from the Rio Grande the visibility was reduced on the second dive to around 40 feet.
Intrepid divers bucked superstitions today by coming out and diving the Texas Clipper. Seas picked up a little bit and were in the 2 - 4 ft range. Visibility is still very nice at 80 feet, but the thermocline has come up to 70 feet where temperatures drop from 86 F down to 77 F. Thanks to Skip and Dan for coming down and diving 4 straight days with us on the Clipper. Also, Congratulations to Gib Boza, who added NAUI Instructor to his list of accomplishments yesterday.
The Gulf of Mexico looked more like a lake than an ocean today as seas were nearly flat calm. Divers were treated to ideal conditions yet again on the Clipper today. It seems the rays that have taken up residence on the hull of the Clipper are getting used to daily visits from divers as they have started hanging around more and more.
Another great day of diving on the Texas Clipper. Viz was 80 - 100 feet, water temperature is 87F at the surface and 81F at depth. Seas were so calm divers were able to see the outline of the Clipper from the deck of the Diver 1. Stingrays, queen angels, wrasse, damselfish, schools of Atlantic spades, snapper and lookdowns, fish were everywhere.
A small group from Athens, Texas joined us on the Texas Clipper today. Conditions were still favorable, although divers did report moderate current and seas that were 2-4 feet. Viz was 80+ feet and water is still very warm down to around 85 feet. Divers saw many Atlantic Stingrays, triggerfish, queen angels, butterfly fish, and large schools of mangrove snapper and lookdowns.
A group of divers from Austin and Houston joined us for a another spectacular day of diving on the Texas Clipper. Conditions were ideal once again with 80+ feet of viz, calm seas, and tons of fish. Thanks to local diver Mark Haynes for spotting a nudibranch and providing photos for the Capt's Log.
We went back out to the Texas Clipper today and again enjoyed superb conditions. Calm seas, warm water, crystal clear viz (80+ feet) and blue skies made for a great day on the Gulf. Large schools of fish were everywhere and we are starting to see a proliferation of coral growth. Today also yielded a picture of what appears to be a tube worm.
Another ideal day of diving on the Texas Clipper today. Seas were 1-2 feet, water temp was in the 80's and visibility was 80+ feet. Divers saw cobia, rays, barracuda, queen angels, triggerfish, and much more. Two divers finished up Nitrox certification and another two finished up the American Diving wreck survey course.
Dive World of San Antonio was treated to deep blue Gulf water today on the Texas Clipper. Visibility was 100+ feet, seas were 2 feet or less and water temp was in the mid 80's. Schools of snapper, large barracuda, squirrelfish, bristle worms, triggerfish and queen angelfish were among the divers' favorites.
Austin area divers made a two tank trip out to the Iron Reef, Little Sara today. Visibility was at least 80 feet and water was very mild at 84 F degrees. Seas were calm and divers reported seeing numerous blennies, snapper, rockhind grouper, atlantic spades, butterfly fish, and of course several large barracuda.
10 divers from the Freeport area and Harlingen area went to the Texas Clipper today. The wreck was holding tropical fish as well as our gulf pelagic fish. Water temperature was 85 degrees down to 120 feet. Visibility was at 80 to 100 feet. Next dive is to Little Sara on Wednesday.
Divers ventured out to the Iron Reef Seana's rig and enjoyed 80 visibility in 85 degree. Thermocline at 70 feet only dropped the temperature 2 degrees. The flood waters have left the area and the blue waters of the gulf stream are back. Tomorrow, divers will head out to the Texas Clipper.
Boy Scouts from San Antonio Texas went through a Scuba Diver Adventure camp with American Diving and all graduated with their final dive on the Iron Reef Seana's Rig.
American Diving and The Original Dolphin Watch is back up and running. Dive trips will resume on July 3rd with Sea Sports of Houston. All eco tour activities have resumed today.
Hurricane hit Mexico 160 miles south of South Padre Island. No damage on the Island.
Jessie Cancelmo joined American Diving once again today for a dive out to Little Sara. Seas were calm and visibility was in the 70 foot range with water temps at 75 in the thermocline. Congratulations to Brad, Vidal and David for completing their Scuba Diver course today and Robert for his nitrox certification.
World renowned photographer and author of the best seller Texas Corral Reefs joined American Diving and the Bay Area Divers club on a Ton's of Steel Trip to the Texas Clipper and Seana's Rig. Water temperature on the surface was 81 degrees and 72 degrees in the thermocline. Visibility was in the 80 foot range down to 100 feet of sea water. For more photo's of Jessie's trip see www.cancelmophoto.com
Boy Scouts of Friendswood, TX came out to the Clipper today and were treated to excellent conditions on the dive. Water temp was 75 degrees in the thermocline with clear blue water visibility around 60 fsw. Marine life spotted included bottlenose dolphin, wahoo, cocoa damsels, pompano, lookdowns, queen angels, rockhinds, etc.
Boy Scouts of Friendswood Texas went to the Iron Reef Little Sara. Where they encountered a school of over 300 Look Downs. Visibility was around 60 feet and water temperature was 70 degrees in the thermocline.
11 divers went to Little Sara in 1 to 3 foot seas. Water temperature was in the mid 70's and visibility was around 50 feet.
A Scuba Class from American Diving went to Little Sara and finished their certification under calm seas and blue water.
June 5, 2010
14 divers fro the Naval Air Station sailed out to the Texas Clipper on a Tons of Steel dive trip led by Jay Bruchoet. Many of the divers went spearfishing for red snapper and were quite successful. Top side current was stiff but relaxed on the deck of the Texas Clipper.
June 2, 2010
A group of 10 divers went to Little Sara. 1 - 3 foot seas. Very large schools of Look Downs were in attendance. Visibility was around 50 feet.
May 30, 2010
Texas Clipper dive with Sea Sports of NW Houston. A group of divers ranging from the newly certified to technical wreck penetration encountered strong currents today. Everyone was up to the task and safely made two dives on the Clipper. Fish were abundant as they too sought shelter from the unusually strong current. Blue water was on the Clipper and divers reported being able to see the bottom of the Diver 1 from the top of the Clipper (70 feet) and water temps were in the high 70s at depth and low 80s near the surface.
May 29, 2010
Sea Sports of Northwest Houston made the trek to SPI for the Memorial Day weekend. Today's dive was to Little Sara where diver's encountered schools of lane snapper, lookdowns, octopus and very large barracuda and a variety of other fish. Water temps were in the high 70s to lower 80s. Water clarity is getting good. Blue water is in near shore and diver's reported visibility to be anywhere from 40 - 50 feet at depths above 60 fsw.
May 28, 2010
Flat calm seas ruled the day on a trip to the Texas Clipper. Seas less than 2 feet created idyllic conditions for a day on the water. Below the surface currents were moderate, but nothing divers could not handle. Water temp was 80 at the surface and around 75 at depth. Visibility varied greatly depending on where divers were on the wreck. The best was reported to be around 60 ft at a location along the keel of the ship. Thanks again to Mark Haynes for supplying us with great pics for the log.
May 22, 2010
Just enough of a break in weather in make it out to Little Sara today. The wind has been blowing, as it usually does this time of year, but divers braved the 3 - 5 ft seas to enjoy a great dive. Water temp is up near 80 F now and viz was around 30 - 40 ft. Spearfishermen shot some Atlantic spadefish, sheepsheads and grey snapper. Thanks to local diver Mark Haynes for providing pictures for the Capt's Log!
May 8, 2010
Today we made our way to the Iron Reef, Little Sara. Divers were treated to spectacular schools of fish including snapper, lookdowns, spadefish, and jack cravelle. A large barracuda was also spotted along with butterfly fish, coco damsels, wrasse, and blennys. Conditions were very good with visibility in the 50 to 60 foot range with blue water and moderate seas. Water temps were 77 at the surface and 72 at the bottom.
May 6, 2010
Divers went to the Texas Clipper today and reported conditions as "fantastic". The divers' splendor was influenced by a plethora of marine life. Colorful schools of Liutjanus campechanus enacted springtime dances of ritual mating and delicate bristle worms fell like snowflakes on technical divers continuing their penetration of the bowels of the Texas Clipper.
May 5, 2010
Today divers went out to the Texas Clipper and were treated to calm seas and fair visibility. Water temp was around 75 degrees and lots and lots of fish were seen on all parts of the wreck. A group of Technical Divers laid permanent line inside the Clipper and American Diving's Technical dive team is available to lead wreck penetration divers on guided tours inside the wreck.
May 4, 2010
A class of Advanced divers made two dives on the wreck of the Deep Six today. They were treated to large schools of snapper and Atlantic spadefish. Visibility was around 30 feet above the wreckage and water temp was 75 degrees.
April 25, 2010
Back out to the Texas Clipper today. Visibility was in the 20 - 30 foot range and currents were running moderately strong from bow to stern. Divers are still reporting lots of Snapper but are also starting to see more of the colorful reef fish move back in.
April 19, 2010
Divers made two dives today, one on the Clipper and one on a rig. Visibility was around 30 - 40 feet, and divers were treated to large schools of fish. Seas were very calm today.
April 9, 2010
Texas Clipper!! Divers went to the Clipper today and were treated to very favorable conditions for this time of year. Water was a pretty green with visibility in the 40 to 50 foot range. Water temperature was 70 degrees. Divers were treated to schools of Jack Cravelle, spadefish, red snapper, Queen Triggerfish, as well as squirrelfish, queen angelfish, butterflyfish, and a squirrelfish.
March 19, 2010
Spring breakers went diving out to the Iron Reefs. Fish were abundant in the shallow water between 40 feet and the surface. Seas were 5 feet. Water temperature is still in the mid 60's. Visibility has improved markedly in the last 5 days to an overall 50 feet horizontal to the 75 foot depth range. This coming Friday and Saturday we will head out to the Texas Clipper
March 14, 2010
Local divers and student ventured out to the Iron Reefs off of South Padre Island. Water temp was a cool 64 degrees and visibility was around 30 feet. Huge Red Snapper, Sheep Head, and Atlantic Spade were in abundance from 15 to 30 feet.
Divers and Spear fisherman had a great time in 1 - 3 foot seas.
March 15, 2010
Spear fishing was so good on Saturday that we went out again on Sunday. Conditions were 1-3 foot seas with the water temperature rising to 64 degrees. Currents out of the south were a little stronger out of the south. We were told that visibility on the Texas Clipper is still marginal.