We headed to check the Vandenberg. It’s probably one of the closest cool things to dive and the reef nearbyis often pretty good for spearing. When we got there I looked down the moorings and there was around 20 feet of vis. We motored out to around 250-300 feet and the water was still pretty crappy. We came in to the shallows and ate lunch. While we were eating, a huge ocean sunfish swam behind the boat, had to have been 6 or 7 feet tall. We tried following it with the boat to get a video of it but we failed. The vis was bad and it didn’t seem to like the boat.
Then we suited up and jumped in a shallow patch. As soon as I jumped in there was a bunch of cero mackerel around me. I have eaten enough smoked fish for awhile and passed on them. Then a train of yellow jacks came through, must have been around 60 of them. I tried waiting for Catherine to get to me to get a video of the jacks but they passed. Catherine swam around and found a huge moray eel and harassed it for while taking its picture. I saw a cubera snapper, a small one, and I tried to get him but as soon as I got close I spooked a black grouper, which in turn spooked him. Then the yellow jacks were back and I stoned one about 15 pounds. There were a couple huge jacks in the school but they kept their distance as soon as they saw me. I also shot a large mangrove.
After that we sun bathed for bit, or basically just sat around and talked. It’s odd that people just go boating isn’t it? I mean they just drive a boat out in the ocean and then sit in it and talk. Maybe it’s more odd to swim around with essentially giant rubber band guns trying to impale fishes? While we were chatting a tired bird landed on the boat and we named him “Charlie”. He got to rest for awhile before we went in and thanked us by crapping on the boat.
Also we found this recipe for lobsters, pretty awesome if you don’t mind eating something that is like 800 calories a serving – Lobster Pasta.