2020July1 USM13-7-12 MP243-283-GTower with Heath, George, and Brad© Photos Posted by Mark Primo Miller © Hi-Res Source
Onboard was Salty Beard (Heath Powell), J-Hook (Brad Jay), and Rip Current (George Miller, nicknamed on this trip). Our primary mission was to deploy the last 3 USM Water Quality Recorders at FH-13's Barataria Bay, FH-7's Jumbo Barge, and FH-12's Frank Taylor Reef. Our secondary plan was to bring home some fish and try to get out to enjoy the Cobalt Bluewater we saw back on June 20. Satellite Imagery showed it still in, but there was cloud cover on June 30 and apparently it did not show that it had moved out. It was still there underneath the top 20 feet of freshwater but the current was moving so fast, it was not diveable. Visual Hypoxia was apparent as we did not see any fish, even up in the water column. This was very unusual for this location. In FH-12, the Frank Taylor Shrimp Boat apparently suffered catastrophic damage as all we could find was a section of mast pipes. Vis was poor so I took some extra footage here to aide me when I have to go back and retrieve the unit. As far as fish go, I picked up 2 red snapper at FH-13, Heath got a nice 9 pound mangrove on MP243, Brad got a red snapper and a mangrove on the G-Rig, and George got a nice pair of red snapper on the G-Rig. Not a meat killing trip, but productive. It encompassed 178 miles, 127 gallons of fuel, and 14.5 hours.
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