Divers from Texas and Oklahoma made 2 dives on the Clipper today, seas were calm and the weather couldn’t have been better. Visibility was 40′ and the thermocline we have had all summer seems to be letting up a bit as the temperature at depth has increased to 75 degrees.
Duggan Diving headed to the Clipper today with a mixed group of recreational and Technical divers. We enjoyed calm seas and the thermocline that seems to stay with with us until late summer didn’t disappoint – at depth it was 72 degrees. Don’t forget to pack your full wet-suit!
Dive season finally started – the off season seems so long. Duggan Diving out of San Antonio and other divers from around Texas enjoyed two dives on the Clipper today. Much better conditions than what we expected; two days prior we were out doing some work and the conditions were much more challenging. Today the seas were 2′ – 3′ and the temperature at depth a cool 72 degrees with very little current and 50′ visibility great early season conditions.
On day two of the Sea Sports Scuba trip conditions improved drastically, with visibility at 60+ feet the divers were able to really see how impressive the Clipper is. It was a very pleasant day off shore with calm seas and temperature at depth remains at 76 degrees. Over the weekend we were able to remove two more lion fish, and no additional reported sightings but as we all know they are still down there.
The seas don’t get much calmer than today, the divers enjoyed swimming pool like conditions during our trip to the Texas Clipper. The temperature at depth was 72 degrees and the visibility above 85 feet was 40+ feet and a nice blue; the shrimp boats are continuing to stir up the bottom in the area making things below 90 feet a bit thick. Arnold scored his first Lion Fish kill today and Ryan shot this large African Pompano – and it sure was tasty – Thanks Ryan
What a Great Day – Divers from Duggan Diving and others form across Texas made 2 dives on The Texas Cilpper today, the seas were calm and Visibility was 80+ feet. The temperature at depth has increased to a comfortable 75 degrees. The resident family of Sting Rays sailed around the divers as if they were posing for photos but the Lion Fish must be figuring out they need to hide when the divers arrive as they were difficult to spot and would squeeze into spaces that made them difficult to Kill but I was able to dispatch another one – only too many to count left, I am sure.
Divers from Sea Sports Scuba and Aggieland Scuba spent the weekend exploring The Texas Clipper, the seas were rough today making it a bit more challenging on the surface; but once underwater there was only a slight current and the temperature at depth was 74 degrees. Due to the start of the shrimp season visibility was reduced to about 20′ but everyone enjoyed the dive. The Lion Fish are getting larger but seem to be hiding themselves better, the latest victim was found towards the stern at about 100′. We had Dr. Mary Wicksten, a Professor from the Texas A&M Biology Department on board this weekend and we are happy to report that after further inspection of our Lion Fish his donor card indicated his remains be donated to science. He was frozen and packaged for transport and Mary has delivered him to the TAMU Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections Center.
Dive Week 2014 wrapped up strong with divers from Sea Sports of Houston, and others from all over Texas and as far away as London. The water temperature at depth remained at 84 degrees but due to the recent storms and a flotilla of shrimp boats dragging the gulf in and around the area the visibility hovered in the 20 – 30 foot range. The divers spent time hunting Lion Fish on the Clipper and during the last 3 days of Dive Week were able to dispatch about a dozen, unfortunately there are still plenty down there. We would like to thank everybody who participated in this important event and a special thanks to those of you who donated so generously to the cause. Thanks to Stephen Whitley and Paul Schmieder for the photos below.
Dive Week has gotten of to a late start due to weather and off shore conditions but we made it out to the Clipper today with several divers that have been here all week to participate in Dive Week; the seas were a bit rough and visibility was diminished due to the recent weather but this group was not to be denied. Water temperature was 83 degrees at 110 feet, and a few Lion Fish were sighted in and around the 100 foot range, we will have to go back tomorrow and relieve the Clipper of a few more.
Sea Sports Scuba joined us again today with other divers from around Texas to dive the Texas Clipper, seas were calm and it was a beautiful day on the water. Visibility was 60+ feet on the Clipper, the water was 82 degrees on the surface but the thermocline was encountered at 30 feet today and the temperature at depth was 74 degrees, still very nice. The Lion Fish have continued to multiply over the winter, with help from the divers on board we managed to dispatch 15 of them in very short order. A great day was had by all.
Divers from Scubaland Adventures made 3 dives on the Texas Clipper today, visibility was 80 feet and the temperature at depth was a comfortable 81 degrees. Divers spotted 5 Lion Fish today and we were able to eliminate 4 of them, one of the deceased Lion Fish was taken right off the spear by an Octopus. Still trying to get some of the other residents of the Clipper interested in eating the Lion Fish; the Barracuda are showing more interest but still no takers.
Several divers from yesterday and others from around Texas joined us for a 2 tank dive on the Texas Clipper today, we are happy to report the thermocline has dropped, the divers enjoyed a warm 86-degrees from the surface to 115 feet and visibility was 70+ feet. Divers reported schools of large Snapper along with the common residents of the Clipper, also sighed was one of the Sting Ray that have made the Clipper home for the past few years. Another Lion Fish was located by the divers that was quickly dispatched by the crew. Again we tried to get a few of the residents to take an interest in the Lion fish, only the Barracuda seemed to be slightly interested but not enough to give it a try. We will keep working at it.
Divers from Dive World San Antonio ventured out to the Texas Clipper today, the seas were calm and the weather was great. The visibility has improved to 50+ feet and we didn’t encounter the thermocline until 65 feet. The surface temperature was 85 degrees and at depth it was 76 degrees. The Lion Fish sightings continue and we slayed another today. We tried to get some of the resident marine life to take interest in the latest victim but didn’t get any takers.
Calm seas and beautiful weather at the Clipper today, the surface temperature was 85 degrees but at 50 feet it dropped to 75 degrees. The visibility was only about 30 feet but the divers had a great time, during the 2nd dive 2 Lion Fish were spotted hanging out in one of the davit arms; pictured below are the before and after photos, the small one was able to evade the spear and will unfortunately live another day.
Divers from American Diving were doing routine maintenance on the Texas Clipper where they ran into a Lion Fish. Visibility was around 100 feet and 75 degrees at depth.