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Rig dives Sun 19th June

Discussion in 'Member Trip Reports' started by DeepGeek, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. DeepGeek

    DeepGeek Tiger Shark

    Went out yesterday to a rig about 62 miles due south of Freeport. It was wet and choppy on the way out with everyone in the cabin or helm for the first hour or two to get out of the rain and spray. Only 3 ft local stuff but annoying angles. By the time we got to the rig it was brightening up and later in the afternoon it laid down to 1-2 ft swells and was very pleasant.
    The rig SH BA A 19 is almost gone. There are four distinct portions, each the size of a normal inshore rig. We dove two dives on C, then finished on D at the other end. All there is now above water is about 15 ft of supports sticking up and enough decking to land people and hold some solar-powered beacon lights. It will certainly be completely gone by the end of summer along with every fish, sponge, barnacle and blenny currently residing there.
    And there were many. Stuffed with Red Snapper, lots of big amberjacks and yellow-tail trevally. There were spearos on the boat who knew what they were doing and every dive some fish came up. A huge ling (cobia) hung round the boat in the surface interval and was swiftly laid to rest on ice with its cousin. It's the main feature of a grill party tonight, I believe.
    A shark and some barracuda also had their share of the speared fish.

    The temps were 81F on the surface, 78F below 35' and 75F below 85', very noticeable thermoclines and noticeably different visibility. The top was hazy, the middle clear and the bottom murky and dark. In the middle was a solid 40-50ft of visibility, if you looked in the right direction.
    Some surface current, you had to commit to get to the rig but you didn't need a line. In the middle it varied but was pretty manageable.
    The water out to 25 miles was brown, with all this rain you've got to go a decent way out just for green water on the surface. Makes for a long day, even with a fast boat.

    Although the shallow section was hazy and 'surgey' with current, with the lid taken off the rig it was bathed in sunlight and the red and yellow sponges were a real sight. If no one dives that rig July 4th weekend then I'd guess the last person to set eyes on them will be the diver from the demolitions team.
  2. Hawkeye Mark

    Hawkeye Mark Iowa Hawkeye Fan

    BA 19

    When i was rig diving a lot that was our main place. Sorry to see it go
  3. McLOT

    McLOT Tiger Shark

    Good informative report, thanks.

    I'd have gone if I wasn't stuck elsewhere.

    Hopefully we're not going to lose all our local platforms in the near future.


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