Location: Russian Gulch, Mendocino County
Divemaster: Lucas Murray
Weather: 63˚F around 9am, 68˚F by 12pm. Cloudy in the morning, opening to intermittent sunshine throughout the rest of the day. Wind picked up around 11am and persisted throughout the afternoon.
Ocean: Water temperature 49˚F. Swell 3-5ft and surgy outside of the cove. Significant windswell picked up significantly around 11:15am.
Visibility: 10-25ft depending on the location. Large pockets of plankton blooms decreased visibility to 5 ft in certain locations.
Everyone was up and moving by 7am. It was split 50/50 between shore divers and kayakers, with a total of 12 divers. Sal was in the water for the first time after his hip surgery, and was able to stretch out his legs a little with Jim K. The launch was a little staggered, as a few kayaks took a while to make their way from camp.
By 11am, most of us were exhausted from fighting the current, and we all realized that the wind had picked up significantly and was dragging our kayaks all over the place. We quickly headed back into the cove and vegged on the beach for a few. Most people came out of the water with a small payload, but Wasen and Lucas both came in with decent fish. Wasen took the win with a well-rounded stringer of a Ling, Cabezon, Black, and nice chubby 7.8lb Vermilion. He left that day with his kayak cart prize, and the most points on the board for the annual cumulative competition.
The weekend of June 9 is our campout at Manchester KOA with a dive currently scheduled at Moat Creek. I’m sorry to say there is no Big Ab Big Ling this year, but the campsite is always good fun regardless, and we have a good group going. So contact us if you’re interested in tagging along.
See you out in there.