St. Louis Spearos - June 30 & July 1, 2014© Photos Posted by Mark Miller © Hi-Res Source
This was a trip by Howard Wright of St. Louis, Missouri. He and his dive crew, Bob Rogaczewski and Jeff Narzinski, wanted to spearfish on Oil Rigs so they booked two days to make the experience happen. The weather wasn't fully cooperative giving us some chop in the morning which held us short at about 30 miles out. We started at the G-Rig Air Force Tower where they got some mangroves and observed a Goliath Grouper. The visibility could have been better and we were concerned about increasing seas so we worked to the East hitting CA-43, VK-203, VK-204, and VK-251. During surface intervals we did the catch and release thing with Red Snapper. Howard poked a nice Cobia and Jeff got a decent Barracuda. Bob lost a big Jack but boated some Lookdowns. The visibility was phenominal on VK-251 once we got below the 15 foot of River Water on top. The second day turned even chopier and we were heading to the Tensaw Bridge Spans but then decided to try VK-251 again. This time the water was not so great and we worked to the V-Rig Air Force Tower and over to VK-203. It was two days of fun in the sun that encompassed 137 miles, 80.0 gallons of fuel, and 13 hours on day one. Day two encompassed 121 miles, 67.1 gallons of fuel, and 11 hours.