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Site Review by
 Steve & Jennette
Date: 09/28/2008

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Steve & Jennette Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Naples Reef:    4.00
State:   FL Animal:    4.00
Country:   Collier Plant:    4.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   2000 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.10
It was 8am 9/27/08, Jennette and I reached the free public parking lot in Venice Beach. It was about one third full but we found a parking spot next to a beach entry walk on the south end of the lot and park. The wind was out of the east 5-8 mph and the gulf was flat with no visible current, 83 degrees with a 4-6 foot vis. We burned 2 tanks. With the 1st tank we started swimming out to the marker on south end of the public swim area and worked the rock blocks 20 yards west of the buoy where we found nice small teeth, lots of small fish including flounder, grouper and sheepshead as well as big stonecrab (no take yet). It was 5-8ft vis, no current, no bad jellyfish. Off to a good start! We swam in, swapped tanks, and like every diver we looked at the water and said what's over there. So hoping that a new spot would even the odds and I could find more teeth than her, off we went. Jennette has the eye and can find the small teeth 2 to 1 over me, and that's just the way it is-- LOL. She does the same thing with the stonecrab, and I taught her how to find and take the claw. With the 2nd tank we waded the length of the swim beach from south to north and swam out to the northern most buoy and started our dive out to the west finding natural reef with 1-3 foot relief, lots of plant life and more fish. We found several large rib bone piles in the reef cracks. This appears to be a better spot for larger teeth but no luck yet. We each found several small teeth and worked around to the NW about 100 yards looking at large rocks and small ledges for teeth. We surfaced and swam back to 1st dive spot to finish the tanks. This is a great trip because it's fun!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2008
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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