I think every Spearfisher secretly dreams of finding their own secluded Garden of Eden, a place where no one else goes and the Ocean provides in dramatic abundance. I know I do.
For the past few years I have been exploring new sites on foot and scouring Google earth in search of places so inconvenient or daunting for the average diver to reach that the seascapes beneath the surface might be almost virginal in their condition. This is no easy task in California, a state populated with 40 million people. And hoping to find such secluded coastline within two or three hours drive from the Bay Area (almost 10 million people) also not easy. But yesterday I believe I may have found my little stretch of coast. I didn’t find any 10″ abalone or even see more than a couple lingcod. The visibility yesterday was atrocious, the swell was pounding, and the wind was howling at about 17mph, it’s no surprise our little group didn’t do very well, I don’t think many would have faired much better.
But what I did find was a grueling hike down to the coast, twice the height of nearby bluffs, once on the coast one could walk another mile or more along the beach and without any other trails or access points. While diving only a couple short hours I found few abalone but the ones I found were of good size. The structure resembled a mortuary in that coffin sized holes could be found everywhere, unfortunately the murky water wouldn’t allow my light to penetrate and I had no way to see all the giant lingcod and trophy abs hiding away in their coffins. I took only one abalone yesterday a 9.6″ but I know that the area is holding and on a clear calm day I will find out what she has.
Post Script: I recently had to get a new phone and I went with the Samsung S5. I love the camera on this thing. 16mp and HDR mode (High Dynamic Range, a software feature that blends multiple exposures of the same image to allow the camera to capture photos in highly contrasting lighting scenarios). I brought my phone to the beach with me and took the above photos.