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Dive Review of Out to Sea Adventures/Port Aransas, Texas in
The Continental USA/western Gulf of Mexico

Out to Sea Adventures/Port Aransas, Texas, Jun, 2006,

by Rusty Hubbarth, Texas, USA . Report 2534.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel
Hawaii
Channel Islands
Manzanillo
Akumal
Lake Travis, Texas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 150 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits were specified in the pre-dive briefing. Minor variations were allowed, but no major violations ocurred. No shooting of undersized or protected species. Must have 500 lbs. upon ascent.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best Spearfishing trip I've ever gone on, with more fish, better Captain and crew, and better accomodations than I've encountered in over 250 dives.
We left at 5:00 a.m. for a 50 mile ride out to the Baker rigs off the Texas coast. The boat, The"Orion", had ac, plenty of berth space, and was designed for divers.
We tied off to a rig at the 50 fathom line, and proceeded, in buddy teams, to 130 ft. We saw, and shot, large Amberjacks, with the biggest being 62 lbs. We also got snapper, scamp, and barracuda. The visibility was incredible, a light blue that extended to well past 200'. No sharks, but a large Hawksbill turtle.
The Captain, Mike Miglini, was extremely competent and helpful, but was very much a strict professional when it came to depth, remaining air, and proper decompression.
After two tanks, we came inland to the Double yellow rig that was 18 miles off the coast. This was our snapper and sheepshead dive, and we came close to filling the fish locker. We then headed into Port Aransas, wher we got our fish cleaned.
All things considered, it was the best Gulf trip I've had, and the 3 novices on our team are now converts. I would strongly recommend this Captain and crew to anyone who wants to seriously go blue water spearfishing.
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