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

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rusty Hubbarth, Texas, USA
Report Number 2534
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Channel Islands
Lake Travis, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
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
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