Linda-Susan Dive on July 21, 2007© Photos by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a Survey Dive trip to some of MGFB's Reefs. The crew consisted of Myself, 2 of my 3 boys Paul and Luke, along with 2 of their freinds, Seth Barzelay and Mike Couey. Luke was recently certified and this was his second open water dive following his checkout. We initially visited the Casino Magic Barge in FH-1. It was desired to determine the status of the 2 APCs on her deck since we have had problems locating the ones deployed individually. Unfortunately the visibility was once again not cooperating. The search for the APCs was not successful. It is believed that they are no longer there, but it can't be determined with certainty due to the near zero visibility. The next dive was made on the Linda-Susan, which is a large River Tug Boat deployed in the South end of FH-13. This was a fabulous dive. Although the visibility was near zero at the bottom, the height of this reef allowed her wheel house to be exposed into the clear upper water. Deployed on June 24, 2006 in about 86 feet of water, there is about 49 feet of water clearance over the top. The fish population was indeed thick with ripples of Hard Tails at the surface easily giving away her location. A large Blue Angel and a yellow spotfin butterfly has setup residence along with several scamp and gag grouper. Actually, just about every species of local fish were seen including Spades, Triggers, Blue Runners, Bluefish, Cigar Minnows, Sheepshead, Grouper, and Snapper. It has indeed developed into a superb diving reef. The wheel house is easily penetrated through a rear doorway and the front windows are large enough to allow an easy exit. Sheepshead, Spades, and Snapper swim freely through the wheelhouse and greet you at the entrance. Want to see her yourself? Book a charter with me. You won't be disappointed. Before we headed in, Luke wanted to introduce his friends to his water filled environment with some snorkeling at a nearby oil rig. Then he showed them a rig up close and how to use the rope swings to make your exit. This was after catching a few fish and bringing 4 red snapper back home for dinner. It was a fun day on the water encompassing 70 miles and 11 hours.