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Captain's corner

By ROD BRANDENBURG

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 20, 2001


With the weather being unpredictable and the fronts moving in early, we are seeing some colder temperatures in the gulf. That's the bad news.

We will have some of the best visibility in a long time, provided the fronts leave. You've read and heard about how wonderful stone crabbing has been recently; perhaps that will hold true for spearfishing too. If the jet stream stays to the north we will get clear water well into June and maybe later. The last time we had clear water well into summer, we had to endure an active winter: 13 weeks of one cold front after another. When we finally got away from the dock, it seemed the fish forgot what a diver looked like and were not scared. If you had a spear gun you could easily shoot your limit in one dive, which left you able to look around and enjoy the second dive if you thawed out enough.

Another gift of cooler water is the nudibranc. They are the best subject for photography. They're abundant, don't move, and are full of brilliant colors.

- Rod Brandenburg captains The Plunger out of Clearwater. Call (727) 443-6731.

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