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    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
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    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
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    My Recent Dives - November & December 2018

    1 November 2018 - SS Tuggerah

    A bit calmer than yesterday and hardly any wind. Still sloppy but a good run down to wreck. Took three goes to anchor as a bit of a current from N. Blue water down to 18 m, then dirty, then clean on bottom, probably almost 15 m. Went round to prop, spent some time there, then back to boilers and then towards bow. Only 17 mins on bottom due to having to do decompression in current. Was not fun, hanging onto deco line at 30 degrees to vertical, at 3 m I was holding the 6 m spot on line! Great dive, could hear humpback whales the whole time. Visibility good. 

    3 November 2018 - M & K Reef

    Wind from W at about 10 to 15 kts but later was 20 to 30 kts as we came across the bay, hard going. Flat seas due to wind but colder water on top (17.3C) and very cold on bottom (14.9C). Had to move anchor once down as only held by kelp, used a lot of air pulling into the wind. We were just off the wall, so went W and then N. Passed the two caves (the other group saw a blue devilfish in one), Kelly found a small red PPH at the end. Went around the back heere, never done this before, a small cave there too. Lots of one-spot pullers and silver sweep here. Then back to S where Kelly found a white PPH. I found a sea dragon nearer to anchor in the kelp. A very nice, if somewhat cold, dive. Visibility good. 

    4 November 2018 - Henry Head

    Tried to go outside but lot rougher than yesterday, even though there was no wind. Swell from SE and NE and slop as well. Came back into the bay and dived here. Swell from SE only and jsut after high tide. Anchored a bit to W of normal spot due to waves. Found a sea dragon near anchor, then went S. Kelly found two red and yellow sea spiders, then another walking around. A few Port Jackson sharks, another sea dragon, lots of yellowtail in spots. Very colourful as normal. Little current on bottom, only to S, but a reasonable surge at times and cold again (15.3C). Very nice dive. Visibility fair. 

    7 November 2018 - Middle Ground

    Forecasts a bit mixed for the morning, possibility of strong S winds, so did not want to go far. Little wind when we went out, but soon was 10 kts and by the end 15 kts. Seas calm but got a little sloppy at anchor. Very dirty on top down to at least 18 m. Bottom better, about 7 -10 m but very dark due to overcast and dirty water. Cold again (15.4C). Went right around reef, large seapike on SE corner, some turmpeters and red morwong NE corner. A gurnard and some maroon sea spiders near anchor SW corner. Still a very nice dive. Visibility fair.

    11 November 2018 - Bypass Reef

    Club dive day, 6 boats doing 2 dives each. No wind, no current on surface and flat seas. Anchored a bit W of wall in 30 m. Headed W and hit wall, then S. Saw lots of divers from the other boats. Quite wamr on bottom compared to recently, 18.0C. As usual, fantastic fixed marine life. Lots and lots of Port Jackson sharks, some small. Kelly foudn two pygmy pipehorses (PPH). Quite a few leatherjackets too. A really good dive and also a great day, great BBQ! Visibility good.

    14 November 2018 - Hungry Jacks

    Club boat dive. Very strong NE wind yesterday and last night but calm when we went out. Still a bit sloppy but it got better while we were out. Water cold on bottom (15.6C) but clear. Went N into a moderate current. Found 3 donut nembrothas, first time here. Lots of silver sweep and small trevally, as well as some yellowtail. Black reef leatherjackets, red morwong and some mado as well. One cuttlefish under a ledge. A really nice dive, most fish we have ever seen here I reckon. Visibility good.

    19 November 2018 - SS Tuggerah

    Diving on Phil's boat. No wind at all but a bit sloppy. Very, very slight current from S. Anchored in front of boiler. Saw a very large seal while gearing up and saw him on bottom too. Made all the fish cling to wreck! Clear and warmer (18.6C) to 15 m and then dirty but clean on bottom and cold, 15.9C. At least 15 m on bottom! Huge amount of fishlife, most seen for ages. One wobbegong. The seal came near us at prop. Back on deco there was a second seal, much smaller. Both of them played around us the whole time apart from when they went to bottom to see Phil and Aaron. A fantastic dive! Visibility very good.

    21 November 2018 - Pizza Reef 

    Club boat dive. Wind was less than predicted, calm, but later came up about 7 kts from N. Calm seas. Dirty warm layer on top but cold (15.4C) clean 15 m on bottom. Also a slight current from N on bottom only. My nephew Scott drove boat and watched while we dived. One donut nembrotha out from cave and two more at S end. A spiny gurnard on reef. No bastard trumpeters at all! Some large seapike over cave and a huge wobbegong inside. Others saw a blue devilfish at S end. Nice dive but not as good as most dives here. Visibility very good.

    1 December 2018 - Barrens Hut/The Split

    A beautiful day after a week of awful weather and rain. A bit sloppy but okay. A samll shark was near boat before and afer dive, perhaps a hammerhead. Very clear and warm on top, 19.7C, very very slight current from N. Anchored S end of Split, hooked onto a shell! Saw a medium cuttlefish near anchor. Went N and saw 3 donut nembrothas. Lots of silver sweep around as well. Back along reef edge, one more donut. After Cave, in back channel, lots of bastard trumpeters, red morwong and also one blue morwong and some black reef leatherjackets. A really nice dive. Visibility good. PS. others dived Tuggerah and saw sunfish on bottom. Jealous.

    2 December 2018 - The Monuments

    Club Xmas Party. A small wave every now and then at entry, but easy. Went W into tide but really nothing at all. Later the tide was behind us but should not have been. A bit dirty at first but then about 8 m viz. Saw lots of different nudibranchs, including pink okena. One frogfish, two moray eels, a very large octopus, some silver sweep and yellowtail. No PPH, sea horses or sea dragons! Nice dive, with excellent lunch afterwards. Visibility fair.

    5 December 2018 - Pizza Reef

    Club boat dive. A lot rougher than expected, with wind from the S but only 8 kts or so. Some very large swells and quite surgy even at 27 metres. Anchored on S end, went right around as normal. Dark on bottom due to heavy overcast and dirty water (viz perhaps 7 m) but 19.2C on bottom and 21C on top. A large blue devilfish on N side. Saw about 12 bastard trumpeters in gully, also on SE corner. Probably same ones as they moved as we watched. Thousands of yellowtail, seapike, silver sweep all over the reef. Some seapike were very large. Also lots of old wives. One donut nembrotha. The sand is starting to cover the low reef where they live on S side. Will soon disappear I reckon. A very nice dive despite visibility. 

    8 December 2018 - Bare Island Deep Wall

    Cancelled club deep wreck dive due to very strong N winds. Very calm here. Went in off W point and out to wall. Dirty on the way but on sand viz was at least 15 m. Did the usual route back. No PPH, others saw 2 RIF. One Blue devilfish near first cave. Lots of nudibranchs, but nothing special. Despite this, a very nice dive. Visibility very good.

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    Michael on 01 November 2018 00:00 · Print
    My Recent Dives - September & October 2018

    1 September 2018 - M & K Reef

    Huge seas during week but flat as today. Wind light but came up as we surfaced, 20 kts W. Rough trip back across Botany Bay. Water very dirty on top but quite good on bottom (7-10 m), better than expected. We were a bit deeper than normal on 27 m wall. Went S and then back to N. Kelly found an eel and a red pygmy pipehorse. Quite a few species of nudibranch as well. At one stage a lot of silver sweep came in around us. A better dive than we expected. Visibility fair.   

    15 September 2018 - Middle Ground

    Could not dive last week due to clogged ears. Was supposed to be very strong N or NW winds from about 8, but virtually no wind at all. A bit of a short NE swell but okay, no current. Anchored on NW corner. Went around reef, visibility 15 to 20 m. Three wobbegong sharks, some PJs, no blue devilfish. Quite a few large seapike and many yellowtail. A really good dive. Visibility very good.

    15 September 2018 - Barrens HUt/The Split

    Club boat dive, two boats. Little wind but a large NE swell every now and then. A bit surgy on bottom. Not as good viz as Saturday, but pretty good. Thought Les had decided to not dive as after 6 mins he was still not on bottom. He finally turned up it appears and dived around anchor. Went up Split to N, 2 donut nembrothas. Lots of silver sweep and one-spot pullers here. Back on reef edge to Cave and back to anchor. A few black reef leatherjackets, a medium cuttlefish, a dozen bastard trumpeters and some red morwong in usual spots. Very nice dive. Visibility very good. 

    22 September 2018 - Voodoo

    Club boat dive, 3 boats 13 divers. Little wind, flat seas, no current but some surge (17 sec period from SW at times). Went E for 12 mins and then back to anchor. Saw a few silver sweep and one-spot pullers. On the way back saw a small white firefish. A large moasic leatherjacket, some black reef leatherjackets. Kelly found a yellow big belly seahorse on a sea tulip. A really nice dive, could see divers on the bottom at 26 m from safety stop. Visibility very good.

    26 September 2018 - Middle Ground

    Club boat dive. Was raining heavily on way to ramp but stopped as we loaded boat. No further rain! Anchored second go, no wind then but a little later, smooth sea but a large SE swell every few minutes. Slight current from N. Anchored just off NW corner, went around as usual. no wobbegongs, a few Port Jackson sharks, one small cuttlefish. Some large seapike and yellowtail in NE corner. Very nice dive, but a bit dark due to very overcast skies. Visibility very good.

    3 October 2018 - Barrens Hut/The Split 

    Club boat dive. Little wind from NW and no current but a little swell from NE. Very dirty on top but almost a degree warmer than bottom. Viz over 15 m on bottom. Anchor came free as we went down and had to jam in on reef edge, moved a bit again by itself. Lots of yellowtail near anchor, went up The Split, one donut nembrotha just outside. Could hear humpback whales most of dive. Back to anchor then The Cave, full of silver sweep. Back up the crack, quite a few red morwong and bastard trumpeters. Also some nice six-spined and black reef leatherjackets along the way and a few large blue morwong. A very nice dive again. Visibility very good.

    9 October 2018 - Marley Point

    Club boat dive, a day early due to bad forecast for Wednesday. Winds of last 6 days gone and sea only slight swell. No wind and very slight current from NE. Water almost 4 degrees warmer than last week (18.9C)! Viz at least 15 m. Went NE first, lots of Port Jackson sharks, trevally and yellowtail and some leatherjackets. Coming back shallower, plenty of luderick and a couple of small blackfish. Saw about 10 medium kingfish near anchor. Back to W, huge numbers of ladder-finned pomfrets, yellowtail, trevally all over the place. Others saw more kingfish and a large bullray. Excellent dive. Visibility very good.

    13 October 2018 - Pizza Reef

    After big seas and strong winds last 3 days, not too bad today, but wind from S rather than E and ended up 12-15 kt rather than 10 kts. Also SE and NE swells and very slight current from N. Anchored on E side of reef. Went counter-clockwise as normal. Saw a pineapplefish near cave, lots of black reef leatherjackets all over the place and a blue morwong on the way. At cave only a few bastard trumpeters as well as a few red morwong. On S side, three donut nembrothas on low rock off reef. Back to anchor via the middle section. Very nice dive, a bit surgy on E side but okay. Visibility good.

    23 October 2018 - Barrens Hut/The Split

    After big seas and strong winds last 3 days, not too bad today, but wind from S rather than E and ended up 12-15 kt rather than 10 kts. Also SE and NE swells and very slight current from N. Anchored on E side of reef. Went counter-clockwise as normal. Saw a pineapplefish near cave, lots of black reef leatherjackets all over the place and a blue morwong on the way. At cave only a few bastard trumpeters as well as a few red morwong. On S side, three donut nembrothas on low rock off reef. Back to anchor via the middle section. Very nice dive, a bit surgy on E side but okay. Visibility good.

    27 October 2018 - Pizza Reef

    Club boat dive, two boats. A sloppy sea but little wind or current. Clear to 12 m then dirty but cleaner on bottom and a little surge. Anchored off cave. Saw a donut nembrotha there and a tiny one a bit further south. Two more at southern end. Bob found a blue devilfish but as we approached it went way back out of sight. In crack there was a few very large seapike, four bastard trumpeters (none seen elsewhere), a huge school of yellowtail and the normal wrasse and leatherjackets. Quite a good dive. Visibility fair.

    30 October 2018 - Bare Island Red Indianfish Reef

    Club boat dive, two boats. Went today rather than Wednesday as strong S tomorrow. Anchored in normal location. Went to Tunnel via sand and then Cave. On the way back to anchor, heaps of bastard trumpeters and red morwong in normal spot. After Les went up, Jason and I went up near the N end of Split. I found a small sea horse here. Further on we met up with divers off the other boat and saw two donut nembrothas. May have bene more but running low on bottom time. Back to anchor and up. Also quite a few Port Jackson sharks, yellowtail and many black reef leatherjackets. Excellent dive. Visibility very good.

    31 October 2018 - Middle Ground

    Club boat dive. Wind stronger than the forecast, 17 kts S but dropped to 12 kts while we were out there. Water dirty on the way down again, but cleanish on bottom. 16.8C on top, 15.7C on bottom. Sloppy seas but better than Saturday. Anchored on SE corner, did E and S sides only. When Les was dropping over the wall, a seal came up behind him and swam out past me and disappeared. Did not see it again. Three Port Jackson sharks, no wobbegong sharks, lots of yellowtail and some large seapike. Also some silver sweep and off the boulders to E, some bastard trumpeters and blue and red morwong. Very nice dive. VIsibility good.

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    For more details about these dives and other dives this year, click here.
    Michael on 01 September 2018 13:00 · Print
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