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Daily fishing report

Most boaters should stay off the water until conditions improve.

By CHAD CARNEY
Published December 9, 2006


What's happening: Buoys from around the state reported double digit wave heights Friday, with northeast winds topping 25 to 31 knots. Exposed bays this weekend will be choppy. Last weekend, divers caught a weather break. But south of Clearwater they crashed into the bottom before seeing it. Surprisingly good visibility, around 30-feet, was found in the shallow waters of north Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Tactics: Staying off the water until early in the week, when winds become easterly, would be wise. Hypothermia becomes a real danger this time of year.

Chad Carney teaches diving and spear fishing in the Tampa Bay area. Call (727) 423-7775 or visit his Web site at mobilescuba.com.

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