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Old 07-14-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Gulf Rigs

Preparing for a spearfishing trip out of galveston. We will be hunting around rigs and I'm looking for an exposure top (I plan on wearing PT shorts as bottoms). It's a triple platform rig, I wondering if a standard long sleeve rash guard will work, or if I should bump up to a .5-2.0 mm neoprene top.. The water temp is almost 90 degrees too.. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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I just wear a rash guard and shorts but you have to be be aware that the rash guard and your body will get shredded if you get into the rig.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Re: Gulf Rigs

Inlander here: out of curiosity, what will shred you up? Barnacles? pieces of the rig?

I WISH we had that kind of structure around here. (And depth, and fish population, and fish size, etc).
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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Yes, the growth on the rigs are merciless. I wear a pair of bib type coveralls, with a wetsuit underneath when needed.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:19 AM   #5
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Yeah check out GC 743 if you have the range on your boat...
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:52 AM   #6
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RIG PIG - Where can I get coordinates for GC743?
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:10 AM   #7
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Re: Gulf Rigs

Good luck! I'm moving up to Galveston in August. Would love to hear about the diving up there.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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Yea, GC 743 would have to be an overnight trip. It's wayyyyyy out there from Galveston. Probably 300 + miles. We are making a day trip to rigs 60-70 miles out.. We are tank diving to around 150 ft.. AJ season is closed until the 31st, so we will be shooting ling, wahoo, and Mahi.. We are leaving tomorrow morning.. I'll let everyone know how it goes...
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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No dice today... Weather was too bad... Rescheduling... If anyone is interested in Houston and needs a dive buddy give me a holler!!!
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:05 AM   #10
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Good luck! I'm moving up to Galveston in August. Would love to hear about the diving up there.
Going to school here?

Fish are plentiful, big, and stupid. Getting there is the hard part.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:23 AM   #11
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Going to school here?

Fish are plentiful, big, and stupid. Getting there is the hard part.
Yup. Doing my masters at TAMUG starting in August. I'm pretty used to 50+mi runs. Worked on offshore charter boats for a long time doing runs to the middle grounds.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:38 AM   #12
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I found winter weight coveralls to provide at least some protection to the cookie cutter barnacles on most rigs. Worn over a wetsuit it protects the wetsuit too. Nothing I know of short of chain mail will protect you if a wave or pissed huge AJ tosses you into a leg, but the coveralls combined with a bit of location awareness works well.

BTW there are several outlets that sell used heavy weight rig worker "uniform" coveralls fairly cheap. If not Dickies work reasonably well.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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i wear a 3mil, it looks like ive been fighting bitbulls but it keeps me from getting cut to pieces. Fred is right, if you get ahold of a big AJ, you dont have much of a choice where you're going
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:19 PM   #14
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Awesome guys. Also, I am in school as well. I'm at UTH in the med center finishing up my BSN (Nursing).
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