I took the day off work for my birthday the other day. A friend had conveniently hit me up the night before to see if I wanted to do a quick run up to Mendocino. I did.
We paddled out from a well known spot and found that there was no bull kelp whatsoever. Having left our anchors at home we were forced to find the shallow areas next to wash rocks and then dive down and anchor our kelp clips to low growing kelp only a 5-6′ deep. Thankfully the water was fairly calm and the surge wasn’t strong enough to break our kayaks free.
Started diving and didn’t find much in the way of fish but the visibility was excellent at 35-40′. We popped a couple 9″ abs and after a little exploring and moving about some interesting structure caught my eye. I dropped down 40′ or so entered a small crevice and crawled along the silty bottom 10-15′ to the back of the narrowing crag. Scallops littered the walls and after several drops I took enough that I felt I should look elsewhere for more. I searched submerged cracks, crags and crevices for the rest of the dive and was rewarded with my first bag limit of rock scallops!!!
Rock scallops are probably my favorite North Coast treat and a couple 9″ abs didn’t hurt my feelings either. We paddled back satisfied and drove home after another successful day on the coast.