AFMattH

Wanting Dive Partner For Collecting Fish

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Degan   

I have seen a TON of sharks out fishing in the gulf too..  didnt really consider the risk while holding bleeding fish. lol..  that makes me a bit nervous

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AFMattH   

They really just want the fish but some sharks can be bold and the more divers give them their fish the worse it gets. Your best bet is to hold onto the fish and take it out of the water. I've always wanted to run a line up to the boat that you could attach a float bag too and send fish up to the people above that way, but that's only in theory and I haven't devised a way to do this yet lol

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AFMattH   

Well I like to look at the statistics of it all. There have only been a handful of shark bites involving spear fisherman as it is and they aren't really interested in eatting you unless it's a mako, so you just have to make it not worth it to get your fish and then you'll be fine. I've fought off a six foot hammerhead before and yeah it's scary, but in the end I knew it'd be better for him if I didn't just give him the fish.

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Degan   

I'm a northerner.. sharks are still somewhat new to me.  below the boat is the closest encounter i have had.. the idea of being in there territory with there food is a bit scary.

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AFMattH   

Once your certified and you dive and see a few while your not spearfishing it'll help ease your mind. They are beautiful creatures and normally very harmless. My favorite are the 10 foot or more nurse sharks that just lay on the bottom until you peak over the edge of a reef and they gently swim off. It's such a cool experience to have.

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AFMattH   

Diving is an amazing experience, it's probably one of the most exciting and entertaining activities I've ever done. I'm just glad I can catch some amazing fish and incorporate them into my aquarium.

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I have been diving for years and spear fishing most of it and believe it or not the only shark(I don't count nurse sharks) I have ever seen while diving was in the Bahamas. Seen tons of them fishing and had others say they saw them when in water with me but never seen one myself. I tend to be pretty focused with my head under a rock looking for shovels or looking for something big to shoot at. I will say that even though I have not seen them doing safety stops and coming up through 120ft of water with a big dead fish with blood coming off is quite eerie.

Never snorkel end or dove in Pensacola but I bet there is some cool stuff off Pickens. I need to take my family out there for the above water stuff. I have not been in years and we rarely make our way out to Pensacola for any family time other than to hit fish stores or just happening to be out there for airport or dr or something. The Destin bridge is actually a pretty decent dive. Some large gag grouper to see, usually a big school of red fish. Have seen triggers, snappers, and even cam face to face with a Jew fish that had to be over 400#. Also if you fish you can clean up the bottom and stock up on lead because there is tons. Jetty used to be nice too but have not been out there in so long not sure what it looks like now. Have to be careful in both places of tide swings because it goes through there ridiculously strong.

Matt is right about it being amazing. I have always tried to describe it but it is impossible to do. It is the one thing I can do that no matter how stressed I am about anything the second you hit the water and roll over you forget everything in the dry world.

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Degan   

Sounds like a blast either way.. I would like to see some sharks.. I'm comfortable enough to swim around them but holding there food while doing it will take some time. :) one day we'll do a club staff boat outing. U guys can catch me some critters while I man the helm. Unless I have my certs, Then I think the anchor can handle things.

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AFMattH   

Ussually you try two up two down, makes for a better experience. There are a few great dive sites that aren't too far out the pass. I'd love to go dive the joe patti barge again, it is an awesome dive but I haven't dive it since it was dropped so I'm excited to see what creatures are on it.

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You need people to learn and get some dives logged for sure. If shore diving good to have someone on land watching as well just in case get caught in current or something.

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Degan   

I definitely want some experienced people around. I went diving in Haiti in about 20' of water when I was younger.. to be honest at the time I had no idea there were regulations on diving because they just handed us the stuff on the boat and said have fun. Lol. I have very little but some experience.. I know that I won't freak out and am a very strong swimmer.

Either way I'm fine just running around and seeing what u guys bring up.. I like boat rides and swimming.

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Wow, great to see some activity on this forum. Been a part of the forum for a bit but mostly lurking. I've been diving for about 13 years and love it. Would love to hit up some dives with you guys if you have room for one more. That Matt guy can be a pain tho. Lol.  

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I got my cert summer and havent gone since the waters been cold, anyone know where the cheapest place to rent equipment is? Anyone know if the base rents equipment? Id love to go with someone during the summer time. My experience level is low though only have done the dives in the pool and one out at fortpickens

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You get experience by going with others that have it that can help keep you safe. My first certified dive was in 120 ft of water and I found out why your buddy should have an octopus. Turns out I had bought a cheap regulator and it was making me work way harder than needed to breath and in turn made me waste air. I would love to start diving again even if only a couple dives at the bridge, jetties, or even Pickens. Eglin used to rent equipment. It has been a long time but used to be about 60-80 a day for basic gear which does not include mask,fins, snorkel, and wet suit. Tanks were about 8.

Richard

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kbass   

I certified a few years back, but never went diving again. I would love to do some shallow diving with some experienced divers. :) I can check the prices over at Dive Pros. 

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Degan   

Let's do it.. My wife saw something about diving certification on NAS pcola for for a super good price. Maybe they rent equipment too.

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Hurlburt Field rents and has Diving Certification courses available to Military and Family members. Not exactly sure on the prices but I know they are very low.

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AFMattH   

I got my cert summer and havent gone since the waters been cold, anyone know where the cheapest place to rent equipment is? Anyone know if the base rents equipment? Id love to go with someone during the summer time. My experience level is low though only have done the dives in the pool and one out at fortpickens

Hurlburt field does rent dive equipment and for a good price. They are only open on Fridays from 5pm to 7pm. I would love to take you for an easy dive any time you'd like!

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Matt for those that don't have gear can you list prices? I would love to set up or be part of an easy group dive. Been 5 years since done anything more than snorkel. Will have to budget getting my regulators rebuilt and I think I need a new set of boots.

Richard

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AFMattH   

Yes, I can find out prices from different places. If someone wants to rent gear on base they must be active duty, DOD employed, retired, or a dependant. I can find out prices for renting gear at other dive shops as well.

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Larry   

You might want to check MBT Divers. Their courses are very reasonably priced and well run.

 

MBT Divers

www.mbtdivers.com

 

3920 Barrancas Ave, Pensacola, FL 32507

(850) 455-7702

 

If we have enough guys who want to go out. we ought to think about chartering a boat.

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