BAUE Trip Reports


Older than
Newer than

Newest First
Oldest First


10/28/2011 The Needle aboard Phil Sammet's RIB by Kevin Dow -- [View this report only]
Discuss this report in the BAUE Forum

Bottom Team: Leah Vieta, Kevin Dow
Visibility: 25' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 54F Surge:  
Max Depth: 112FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:18
Bottom Gases: EAN32,21/35Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP120Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
Leah and I had last Friday off and conditions looked good so we took the opportunity to do some diving off of Phil’s boat. After some discussion back and forth we decided on diving the Needle. Neither one of us had ever dove the site before so it was a chance to see something new.
After a quick load up and launch of Phil’s RIB we motored out to the site and went through our gear checks. For this dive we were using 21/35 and spend some time deeper before ascending to conduct a second portion of the dive on 32%.
On the way down we passed by a nice school of rockfish before hitting the western portion of the wall. We started circumnavigating the pinnacle counter clockwise and immediately noticed the barnacle invasion had clearly made it was to the site.
Even still though there was good bunches of hydro coral that were looking very healthy and quite a large number of decorator type crabs on the site. At one point we counted at least five of them in a small area. Apparently they were all playing pretty nice. Another unusual aspect was the very large numbers of sea urchins on the site. Several large urchins and many smaller ones were out in the open with out a care in the world. Apparently the sea otters have not found this honey hole yet.
Swinging around the backside we stopped to admire several large lingcods as well as a “ginormous” vermillion. He had to be at least 50 pounds!
Coming up to our shallower portion of dive we got to admire the healthy walking stick kelp and explored the south side of the pinnacle. Here is where the sites color all seems to be concentrated. The entire wall is covered in pinks and lavenders of corynactis as well as several healthy colonies of sponges and other invertebrates.
A bit later we shot the bag and headed for the surface after a bit of time on deco where a sea lion decided to dive bomb us. What a wonderful site that is perfect for an R3 dive.
10/9/2011 The Needle aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Mark Lloyd, Masao Yoshimura
Visibility: 50' - 80' Time:10:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
A small group of BAUE divers met up for the BAUE rec. boat. Organized by the one and only "Vanessa Young". We set out and motored around the corner. There was some significant swell, but, we prevailed. The anchor was dropped at the Needle and we all geared up. I dove with Clinton and Mark dove with Vanessa and Massao. We thought it would be a dark dive due to the patchy fog. Once we got down, the whole reef opened up to 65-80ft of vis. Yeeehaaw. The Barnacles are still there. :-( We were able to see a large lingcod and cabezon. Many large patches of hydrocoral.

The second dive was at Outer Pinnacles. I dove with Mark and Massao. The vis held up to about 60ft. Fun antics on the dive!! hehehe... Many jellies on the deco.

Everyone came up with big smiles after every dive.

Mark showed me some of his dance steps of the Cha Cha, the Rhomba and whatever we decided to name the dance.

Great Dive.

Previous   1   Next