Captain’s Noon Reports – Belle Amie – 2021-10-13

Location: Guadalupe Island

Weather: Clear Skies, NE Winds (25kts), and NNE Swell (2-3ft)

We were able to keep divers in the cages on the surface for the remainder of our day yesterday. Extreme wind gusts (up to 40kts) had us swinging on the anchor too much to consider dropping submersible cages. Throughout the afternoon we had 2-3 sharks making occasional passes in the distance though none were approaching the bait. Overnight the conditions were fairly calm, with winds occasionally up to 20 knots.

First thing this morning we cut up the remainder of our tuna and got our cages going right at 0630. Sharks were on scene as soon as we started throwing bait. Within the first 30mins, we had identified 5 individuals just from the surface. And the show has continued all morning, with divers up top and down below getting amazing views of at least 4 mature adult females and two juvenile males making frequent attacks on the bait. The experience so far today has by far outweighed any negative experience from yesterday. Divers are thrilled!

Within the last hour, the winds have started to gust strongly again out of the NE, though nothing nearly as powerful as yesterday. So far nothing above 25knts I would say. The strong current is running in the opposite direction to the wind so the ship is holding position very well though it does keep out swim step exposed to the 3′ seas. But we are being extra cautious getting divers in and out of the cages and I told the guests to expect this kind of motion last night. So far the experience is unaffected by today’s conditions.

Visibility: 60-70ft+

Water temperature: 69°F

  • Captain Jon Shephard

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