Trip Report Back in SE FL 2021 part 6

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Some photos from this visit

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Dive 4 of Diving, Dec 12

The day was supposed to be 2-3 feet, it was actually the calmest day so far. The morning was nearly glassy flat, built to a little bit of wind and chop by the end of the day. There was very little current, mostly a trickle north. Started mild south on the outside on the 3rd dive, switched to mild north on the inside reef. Visibility was mostly around 60 feet, water temperature was 78-79.

I did four dives with Loggerhead out of Boynton with Capt Jim. Dave was mate in the AM and Tony the mate in the PM. The first dive was one we don't often make, Horseshoe, north of Boynton. This is a fairly normal reef dive until you get to a very large, tall hook in the reef, the horseshoe. As usual, the bowl was filled with huge schools of grunt, really magnificent. We saw 2 nice Bull Sharks on this dive. The second dive was on the north part of Boynton Reef, at Lynn's, a second, shallower relief above the main ledge. We saw another Bull Shark, a beautiful Hawksbill, an octopus in its den, and all the usual reef fish. The last two dives were outside of Gulfstream with a crossover to the inside reef and at Briney Breezes/Jerry's No Name. I saw a couple of good sized Lemon Sharks, another Hawksbill, and all the usual suspects. A great day of diving :)
Horseshoe out of Boynton seams like a better choice in the winter than West Palm as you have a following sea going home. We only run down there from West Palm when conditions are flat or the few times we have a south wind, but well worth the trip. Hogs are short and lobster scarce, but very pretty on top with the large barrel sponges and loaded up with resting turtles during turtle season as they get very little disturbance and sleep right through your visit.
 

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I've never done Horseshoe. I'll have to add it to my list of sites to hit if possible when the conditions are right.
The only WPB boat that will do a regular run to it is Sandy Sunday for spearing. It's an 8 mile run from the pump house and while not terribly far, it definitely can mess up a morning trip return schedule time cause it may be a 40 min run. A full afternoon trip with an ice cream cone bribe to the captain should get you there. It's a published public site and all the dive boats have the drop numbers. Also alot of private fishing boats will drift/anchor to it and sometimes dive boats won't crowd them out,,, so it's a run for nothing. {bring a lift bag cause many of those anchors still have the labels/price tag on it & can be resold} It's a fun spot, I like the little islands way to the east of it in 90ft deep
 

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Always a fan of the Green turtles that look like they have serious attitude problems- great pics!
 
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