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Old 06-15-2017, 9:59 AM
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Default Any Ab Divers out there

I live in the SF eastbay (lamorinda area) and curious if there is anyone that would like to join me for an abdive trip before the season closes in July. I can take a friday or monday off and do a friday/saturday or sunday/monday. Id be also willing to meet someone in north bay closer to the diving. I have all my gear and a strong swimmer.
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We are here.

I've only been out diving twice this year. Too busy...
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Been to busy this time to get out. But May in the next couple weeks.
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Just a few of us on here
Abalone can be harder to find now with the kelp die off, but limits are not difficult to take.
I might suggest joining a local dive club like the NorCal Underwater Hunters or NorCal/CenCal skin divers.
Also NC underwater hunters have a online forum where you can post up looking for dive buddies.
Make sure you understand the strict Regs and tag your abs as soon as you get to the beach.
Not certain the next time I will go diving north for abs with the BFT showing up in big numbers down south. Gotta have priorities
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It is fun but do not over exert yourself while getting them. There was another ab rock picker tha died this last week.
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I'm not sure why everybody says abalone is so hard to find. Hop on a kayak and get out of the easy to access coves. I'll see if I can scrounge them up but I've got photos of hundreds of abbs in less than 10 feet of water


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Pm me I'm eying a trip up there next Friday. Of course that is if big blue calms down a bit.
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As a diver down here in So-Cal you guys are hardcore to brave the colder water and great whites up there! Friend Colum Tinley was attacked by a great while diving off Tomales!:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...at-2970619.php

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As a diver down here in So-Cal you guys have courage to deal with the colder water and great whites up there! Keep safe!


Dude I've seen more whites in Monterey than I ever have in the lost Coast


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Yea, I had another contact Marco Flagg who ran into one off Monterey:

http://web.ncf.ca/bz050/HomePage.gwsattack.html

I was involved with demonstrating the Shark POD and was in touch with a commercial urchin diver whose friend (Jimmy Robinson) was attacked and killed by a great white while on the surface off San Miguel:

http://articles.latimes.com/1994-12-...-white-attacks


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I meet him twice while on a lobster dive boat. Very interesting bite marks and he still was diving. Told me his chances of getting bit twice were so high he never worried about the Sharks anymore.

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As a diver down here in So-Cal you guys are hardcore to brave the colder water and great whites up there! Friend Colum Tinley was attacked by a great while diving off Tomales!:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...at-2970619.php

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I usually fill my card. Won't be getting up north though for a while.
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As a diver down here in So-Cal you guys are hardcore to brave the colder water and great whites up there! Friend Colum Tinley was attacked by a great while diving off Tomales!:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...at-2970619.php

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Haha I dive south of tamales head and there are some SHADY! Feeling spots out there .. I bet your buddy was between the head and goat rock ... I see R/V s feeding sharks there all the time
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I also plan to dive in the next week or two, just need to get the boat tuned up and the Ocean to calm down
This wind is killing me
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Haha I dive south of tamales head and there are some SHADY! Feeling spots out there .. I bet your buddy was between the head and goat rock ... I see R/V s feeding sharks there all the time
Yeah, hell no. I keep driving north till Sea Ranch. Ten feet of water, limits in one breath if you want to get in and out.
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Sea ranch, Albion, van damnn... the further north the bigger the abb.

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Used to do suicide runs from Modesto to Manchester frequently. Leave Friday at lunch time, dive Friday late PM and early Sat AM and be home in time for dinner Saturday night... with fresh Abs.

Yes, there are a few things I miss about California. If I was still in the area, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
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I'm not sure why everybody says abalone is so hard to find. Hop on a kayak and get out of the easy to access coves. I'll see if I can scrounge them up but I've got photos of hundreds of abbs in less than 10 feet of water


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Most folks know that with the kelp die off, ALL of the deep water abs, which are generally the breeding stock, have moved to shallow water chasing food. Skin divers are seeing big numbers because they're concentrated in 20 foot and less of water. There are lots in there, but at some point, the numbers are going to get ugly, unfortunately.

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I meet him twice while on a lobster dive boat. Very interesting bite marks and he still was diving. Told me his chances of getting bit twice were so high he never worried about the Sharks anymore.
Pretty sure I've met him too. Interesting dude! He yells when talking to you, cause his ears are shot from deep dives, is what I've been told by some locals.



I was out on the coast today, wind and waves sucked. I won't get in the water if it's not calm, as my water skills are not nearly what I wish they were!
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Most folks know that with the kelp die off, ALL of the deep water abs, which are generally the breeding stock, have moved to shallow water chasing food. Skin divers are seeing big numbers because they're concentrated in 20 foot and less of water. There are lots in there, but at some point, the numbers are going to get ugly, unfortunately.

Yes and no. The kelp die off is currently not helping the abalone population. and is one of the leading reasons for the withering foot syndrome. As well as the sea urchin population. But I've been taking photos for the past eight years in everywhere from 30 feet to 5 feet of water. Abalone population has remained stable and they are very easy to find.

If you ever have time to participate in an abalone tagging/recording event. I highly suggest it. They do it every year, The one next to Van Damme last year was a great learning experience.

I do my best to discourage people from taking "clickers ". Everybody who drives with me pops 9 inches or better. I have friends who won't touch and abb unless it's 10 inches plus.



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If you ever have time to participate in an abalone tagging/recording event. I highly suggest it. They do it every year, The one next to Van Damme last year was a great learning experience.
The surveys are done using SCUBA, right? or can you freedive to do them?
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I'm not certified so I didn't dive with them. But it was awesome to talk to all the biologist and help out where I could. I filled out a few surveys too.

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