Dive Rpt – SB's Goliath Dives 2021

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Johnoly

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That was the biggest parking lot of Goliath Groupers I've seen this year !! Looked like a Volkswagen Beetle car dealership lot under water with them all lined up side by side. Easily 70 GG's. Manatee Diver posted back in July he was going diving for Goliath Groupers and did anyone want to go diving? We had a full {limited load} boat at Jupiter Dive Center with a bunch of ScubaBoard members gathering together to go diving. It was a big Smilie to meet all the divers who I've read their posts and now got to meet & greet.

Seas Flat, bottom temps were warm at 79, Viz was 50ft and current about 1.5knots and tough to swim against(but doable). 1st drop was the MG111. This is a flat wreck in 65ft deep with a dozen 25ft tall vertical concrete columns spread out behind the wreck. This is where the GG's were gathering. It was kinda humorous because the columns are only a foot wide and these 800lb fish are kinda trying to hide behind them. And W O W were they 'Booming' underwater. Sounds like small bombs going off as they bang their gill plates, but it definitely get's your attention cause it's LOUD.

2nd drop site was Tunnels and a few more GG's plus some reefie Sharks too.

A Special THANK YOU to both the @The Chairman for sending the graphics file of the SB logo and then also to SB member @ROXANNE who tickled the mouse buttons and designed the perfect size banner for our “Gathering” divers.

It's always better to watch a video so we can take you-the-reader along and show exactly what it was like to be there. Below is a short 2 minute youtube video. And if you enjoyed the video, hit the like button on this post so I know you smiled at it !!

If you are reading this post...EVERYONE IS INVITED. It's not a club, not a group. no secrets, no one's even a leader. Just a “Gathering”. It's posted right here for everyone to see and you can jump on the open boat too. Don't wait>>>Jump on the next SB 'Gathering'.

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That was the biggest parking lot of Goliath Groupers I've seen this year !! Looked like a Volkswagen Beetle car dealership lot under water with them all lined up side by side. Easily 70 GG's. Manatee Diver posted back in July he was going diving for Goliath Groupers and did anyone want to go diving? We had a full {limited load} boat at Jupiter Dive Center with a bunch of ScubaBoard members gathering together to go diving. It was a big Smilie to meet all the divers who I've read their posts and now got to meet & greet.

Seas Flat, bottom temps were warm at 79, Viz was 50ft and current about 1.5knots and tough to swim against(but doable). 1st drop was the MG111. This is a flat wreck in 65ft deep with a dozen 25ft tall vertical concrete columns spread out behind the wreck. This is where the GG's were gathering. It was kinda humorous because the columns are only a foot wide and these 800lb fish are kinda trying to hide behind them. And W O W were they 'Booming' underwater. Sounds like small bombs going off as they bang their gill plates, but it definitely get's your attention cause it's LOUD.

2nd drop site was Tunnels and a few more GG's plus some reefie Sharks too.

A Special THANK YOU to both the @The Chairman for sending the graphics file of the SB logo and then also to SB member @ROXANNE who tickled the mouse buttons and designed the perfect size banner for our “Gathering” divers.

It's always better to watch a video so we can take you-the-reader along and show exactly what it was like to be there. Below is a short 2 minute youtube video. And if you enjoyed the video, hit the like button on this post so I know you smiled at it !!

If you are reading this post...EVERYONE IS INVITED. It's not a club, not a group. no secrets, no one's even a leader. Just a “Gathering”. It's posted right here for everyone to see and you can jump on the open boat too. Don't wait>>>Jump on the next SB 'Gathering'.

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I love seeing the Scubaboard community getting together to enjoy the sport we love, DIVING! It was my pleasure and glad you SBers had a fantastic, thunderous time! :clearmask::clearmask::clearmask:
 

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@Manatee Diver , @CosbySweater , @Zieg , @Scuba_Jenny , @Johnoly

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The GG lined up on the sand. :rofl3: Exactly like a car dealership. That’s so funny. 800 lbs but how long? Damn.
 

Tripp

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That was the biggest parking lot of Goliath Groupers I've seen this year !! Looked like a Volkswagen Beetle car dealership lot under water with them all lined up side by side. Easily 70 GG's. Manatee Diver posted back in July he was going diving for Goliath Groupers and did anyone want to go diving? We had a full {limited load} boat at Jupiter Dive Center with a bunch of ScubaBoard members gathering together to go diving. It was a big Smilie to meet all the divers who I've read their posts and now got to meet & greet.

Seas Flat, bottom temps were warm at 79, Viz was 50ft and current about 1.5knots and tough to swim against(but doable). 1st drop was the MG111. This is a flat wreck in 65ft deep with a dozen 25ft tall vertical concrete columns spread out behind the wreck. This is where the GG's were gathering. It was kinda humorous because the columns are only a foot wide and these 800lb fish are kinda trying to hide behind them. And W O W were they 'Booming' underwater. Sounds like small bombs going off as they bang their gill plates, but it definitely get's your attention cause it's LOUD.

2nd drop site was Tunnels and a few more GG's plus some reefie Sharks too.

A Special THANK YOU to both the @The Chairman for sending the graphics file of the SB logo and then also to SB member @ROXANNE who tickled the mouse buttons and designed the perfect size banner for our “Gathering” divers.

It's always better to watch a video so we can take you-the-reader along and show exactly what it was like to be there. Below is a short 2 minute youtube video. And if you enjoyed the video, hit the like button on this post so I know you smiled at it !!

If you are reading this post...EVERYONE IS INVITED. It's not a club, not a group. no secrets, no one's even a leader. Just a “Gathering”. It's posted right here for everyone to see and you can jump on the open boat too. Don't wait>>>Jump on the next SB 'Gathering'.

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Thanks! Great video!
 

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Cool video, too bad they were hiding when I went 3 days earlier!!
It looks like big groups on all the pillars
Good for you guys, great conditions!!
 

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Sorry I couldn’t join you guys today. Glad the GGs were where I left them yesterday afternoon on the MG111. :wink:
 

Johnoly

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.. 800 lbs but how long? Damn.
Ohh some of they are way taller than a diver head to tail. These went from 4ft to 9ft. And like you saw in the video the big mama's will come and get right in your face to let you know this is her piece of ground.

It's a once a year full moon spawning and just a HUGE smile to witness underwater with dive friends.
 

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Cool video. It is so cool to see divers getting up close to these large predators WITHOUT endangering them or altering their behavior by enticing them with food and feedings (like is so often done with sharks). Not sure there is anything similar to this outside of Florida.

You should put a link for this thread to the original one announcing the dive.
 
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https://xf2.scubaboard.com/community/forums/cave-diving.45/

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