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Trip Report W/Pictures: Lionfish on the Wreck of the Miller Lite off Pompano Beach

Discussion in 'Florida' started by SFLDiver3445, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
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    I haven't posted any trip reports here in a while, so I thought I'd post some info on my first dive of the new year.

    Yesterday, went out and dove the Wreck of the Miller Lite off Pompano Beach. The Miller Lite was sunk in 1987. It's a 186' long freighter and sits in approximately 165 feet of water.

    The conditions were nothing short of spectacular. There was no current to speak of, and from the deck of the wreck, I could see the boat on the surface. I did approximately 60 minutes on the wreck, and when I began my ascent my computers were telling me I had at least another hour of decompression, which worked-out ok, because any longer than the 130 plus minutes I actually ended up being in the in the water, and the 5mm suit I had on would not have been enough to keep me warm. It's been a while since I've seen conditions that nice, so either way, it still would have been worth a bit of the chills on the hang!

    There's a fair amount of grown on this wreck from being down so long. The amount of smaller fish on the wreck appears to be minimal, but I suspect that's as a result of the number of Lionfish on the wreck. Yes, as appears to be the case on most of the deeper wrecks nowadays, the dreaded Lionfish were everywhere.

    As usual, I took my camera down on the dive. I got a new camera setup back in June, so I'm still trying to learn the new setup. I spent most of the dive photographing Lionfish - I no they're evil and all, but they do photograph nicely.

    Here's a few shots from the dive:

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    Enjoy!
     
  2. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I hope you killed them.

    sent via nookcolor N2A.
     
  3. joh

    joh Nassau Grouper

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    Nice photos! The conditions were great this past weekend. I agree that it was worth the chilliness.
     
  4. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
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    No can do.

    I'd have no problem slaying my fair share of those damn invasive critters, but I run the risk of getting fined. The problem is that I dive a closed circuit rebreather, and the State of Florida has banned any harvesting when diving with a rebreather.

    Now you and I both know that slaying those feline devilsh fish is technically not harvesting, but I used to do a significant amount of spearfishing and lobstering back in the day, and I've seen the enforcers of the marine regulations exercise what I might call, "less than logical judgement."

    Consequently, I avoid carrying any device that might even remotely be classified as a harvesting tool.
     
  5. SFLDiver3445

    SFLDiver3445 Photographer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
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    Thanks joh!

    I actually dove on Saturday and Monday. We did the Rodeo 25 on Saturday, and that was pretty nice as well. My friends also dove the Hydro Atlantic on Sunday, and told me the conditions were just as good as Monday.

    I hope this low current and high visibility diving sticks around for a while, even if I do have to breakout my 7mm suit!
     
  6. Mitchell Teeters

    Mitchell Teeters ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Gotcha

    sent via nookcolor N2A.
     
  7. Chugwhump

    Chugwhump Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: SE Florida, the flattest part, I can see Mount Pom
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    Thanks for sharing.
    Very nice photos.

    Chug
    Kills 'em on sight.
     

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