2020June20 SPmd-Sub-Wreck-MP225-281-265 with Todd, Omar, JP, and Garret© Photos Posted by Mark Primo Miller © Hi-Res Source
Bluewater Charts showed the bluewater was in close so we decided to go see if we could find it. It had been a long time since it was within range. Also, I had been wanting to dive the Sub-Wreck in about 170 feet of water. Most every time I had tried, it was very murky at the bottom. Once I saw it very clear but it was after several other dives so I could not go down to reach it. I could see the outline and a large anchor inside it. It looked so majestic that I have wanted to go back ever since. Today was my chance and my dive partner Todd Cospelich was a very experienced technical diver so it was game on. However, Todd had some revenge work he wanted to get done with a Grouper at an Alabama Super Pyramid so that is where we went first. Todd made his dive but did not find his Grouper. However he did land a nice Red Snapper. After that we hit the Sub-Wreck and while it was not as clear on the bottom as it was above it, it was quite diveable. Only problem is that now after examining the video, we want to go back again. I did bag a nice red snapper and a small scamp grouper on it as well as a Junonia for a bonus. I actually saw the Junonia just sitting there as I was targeting the red snapper. Shot the fish and then swept down to get the shell and popped it into my Zook. However, doing that allowed the red snapper to get up under the wreck and get tangled up. Todd lent a hand and I even unclipped my shaft to untangle it and was about to give up and leave it when it finally came free. I got the fish, saw a Scamp on the Rudder and decided to pop him quickly and raced back to shallower water. I hit a 5 level deco meaning my computer said to stop at 50 feet for 1 minute. But as I approached 50 feet it changed to 40 feet for 2 mins, then 30 feet, then 20 feet, then 10 feet. Then a 5 min safety stop. It was the longest deco dive I have done to date. I was glad that Todd was with me and glad that I decided to take a 19 cu ft pony bottle down with me. I did not use it, but my Aluminum 80 only had about 250 pounds when I hit the boat. Anyway, quite an experience to put in my book for this 60 year old. We left there and headed toward MP225 finding some sargassum and the Cobalt Bluewater. We did a little freediving in the Sargassum hoping for a Cobia or Triple Tail but no luck there. Then we dove MP281 followed up with MP265. Both in Cobalt Bluewater and excellent dives. I hope you enjoy the videos and pics. The trip encompassed 192 miles, 120 gallons of fuel, and 15 hours.