View Full Version : Opening day at Shaw's Cove Laguna
09-29-2003, 02:24 PM
Got out at midnight and did an initial freedive in the eelgrass and saw lots of short bugs. Then I switched to SCUBA and headed out into deeper water(29') where I got six scallops and one bug that was legal by a couple of millimeters. Looking for others to go free or SCUBA diving with since my other buddy has an extensive work schedule. I go to school every day during the week, but my nights and weekends are pretty much free. Drop me a letter if interested(email@example.com).
Thanks for the local report Tyson. Every short bug seems to swim into my bag, with a lucky one or two each dive. We haven't seen any toads this season yet.
09-29-2003, 05:02 PM
Watch out for those scallops!!!!!! Might get sick with all this red tide they are filter feeders.
09-29-2003, 10:58 PM
I just ate 2 dozen clams I harvested from Trestles beach in San Clemente today - No Joke! :( :(
I didn't know that the red tide/algae blooms was a problem for filter feeders, or those who eat filter feeders anyways.
Whatever info can be shared about what the problem is and what, if any, side effects I may be looking forward to would be very much appreciated.
I got skunked on both fish and bugs today (vis=terrible), got out of the water at low tide, and decided not to go home empty handed! So I went onto the exposed reef and dug up a bunch of clams. I have more left that I guess I will be trying to return to the beach in the next couple of days.... :(
Chalk this one up to rookie error!
09-30-2003, 11:00 AM
I believe the red tide organisms here on our coast are not like the ones responsible for major kill offs of marine animals on the East Coast. You should be okay, but I wouldn't take any more chances with the clams. When you eat scallops, you're just eating the muscle portion which contains none of the filter feeding anatomy. If you're still concerned, you can try to contact a biologist through fish and game.
10-02-2003, 12:40 PM
The CA DFG has started printed "seafood limits". ie. You shouldn't eat more than 1 piece of tuna, shouldn't eat more than 3 scallops, etc" They also give the reason why. I looked online and couldn't find it, but Steve Schur and Zac from OC Hunter have it because it was read at a meeting about 2 months ago. Shoot them an email.
10-02-2003, 11:31 PM
Has this red tide become worse in the last couple weeks? On my last dive I was made aware of the danger of eating clams and mussles, but didn't think that scallops and fish were a problem. I had a few post dive scallops with no problems. Granted I eat only the muscle portion, or perhaps the tabasco and lime killed the bad stuff.
10-03-2003, 11:22 PM
With my health at least. The visibility on the other hand, can't get much worse. :(
I didn't seem to suffer any ill effects from eating the 2 dozen clams the other night, nor did my diving buddy Bluegill who did the same. I don't think we will tempt fate again though. ;)
The BIG question is - WHERE'S THE BUGS?
And - WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO SEE MORE THAN 5 FEET?
I was sad to learn that the commercial guys have been out dropping loads of traps. :( NO FAIR!
I agree about the tabasco/hot sauce solution!
10-04-2003, 02:41 PM
You guys think you have it bad, I just got back from the Big Island of hawaii. I wasn't able to dive because I'm still recuperating, but the local were complaining. Apparently, there are some decent storms in the Pacific and the visibility around the island has dropped to 30 feet. I actually had locals saying it wasn't worth going in the water.
When I tried to explain the Socal conditions, they thought I was BS'ing them. I told them to check the spearboard to confirm what I was saying and they couldn't grasp that visibility can get THAT low.
Report........ HeyIwannaLayya / Hawaii....We jumped in the water and vis was down to only 30 feet, so we said screw this.
LOL I wish the vis was 5-10 right now.
Glad to here your doing okay Stodelle.
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