What a great day yesterday. Had the opportunity to take a couple scientist and photographers from Australia. We headed out around 8:00 am in gorgeous weather. By 10:00 am I had the boat swarmed with giant Hammer heads. They were doing a piece on this specific specie and they got more than they bargained for.
People that consider them selves shark divers or have traveled the world sharking have no idea the amount or diverse species we have off of our coast.
We got in the water and shot pics til around 2:30 pm then took them to another spot.
The second spot was littered with Scalloped Hammerheads. Even more than the first. Again I entered and started shooting. They followed after a few minutes or basically waiting to see if i was going to be lunch.
After another hour of this I said it's time to try for some yellow fin so we headed out with these guys completely overwhelmed at what they witnessed and eager to put a shaft in some tuna.
Besides being great photographers/scientist their biggest hobby is spearing and wanted a chance at putting some meat on the"Barby".
I dropped the sea anchor and Clause and I dropped in he with a gun and me with the camera. For about an hour I was bored watching him drop and drop and drop.
Then a pod of Spotted Dolphin came in and spiced up the mood. I got tons of pics and was the calmest mother I have ever encountered. Usually when there is a baby in the pod the mother "mainly" get very aggressive and very dangerous.
This was not the case. She was very gentle to the point I could have caught numerous rides and would have it it would not be considered harassment by the federal gov. Dolphins are extremely protected.
Soon after that the tuna started showing but they were being very shy. It was hard for Clause and Cruise to get close and even harder for me to get pics.
It was getting close to picking up and heading to the house but Mother Nature decided to give us a break.Soon after signaling the guys to the boat while treading water I looked below once more and bam here they were in shooting range!
They obviously trusted we were no harm. BIG MISTAKE! I dropped down and started clicking. I had a good ten minutes alone with a couple 100 lber's and was wondering where is the shaft flying in front of my lens??
I popped up to see the guys boarding. I screamed get back in! Before I knew it Clause and Cruise were dropping out of sight. It is a continuous issue with guys that are capable of snorkeling 100 ft or more...they always pass the fish up. While I was hanging at thirty I saw and signaled to Clause by pointing and bam he hit one on the way up.
After a good fight he subdued the fish and to the boat we headed.We were all super happy and had a great ride home.
That night was cool sharing a Gulf of Mexico tuna with three guys from Aussie and yes we did put that puppy on the barby!
Hey guys keep a heads up on the dates Im setting for the caged shark diving tours I am putting together if you have any interest in doing this. It was a hit at the boat shows and many people are going to "Brave the Cage" What about you?
Also tomorrow I am putting together some dates and special pricing for the summer fishing rodeos.