Diary

How I like shocking anglers!

And on sites like the North Side of Beadnell Point it is easy, as you go from 4m to the surface so not a lot of warning....

So to the vis, a tad milky but not bad at about 7m, certainly when you got in the bottom at 4m was clear enough to snorkel it

The temperature was unchanged but hey?

I was diving around low water and whilst I missed yesterdays 'glass' conditions it looked good, that is of course until you realised that there was a deep, long swell only about fifty centimeters but a lot of water being moved and to be blunt it does make things a bit of a chew as you get badly affected when you are bashing through kelp. On the plus side it moves weeds well out of the way making spotting weights so much easier, hence the rather good total!

In order to clean things up a bit I rolled up most of the braid that had been lost and was knitted like a cats-cradle over the wreckage, there must have been twenty or so yards of lost line and glory be a rather fetching lure at the end of it, so quite a good result I would say, don't you think?

Heading over to the second 'reeflet' for my dip I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of 'kelp cod' that were about, a combination of better visibility and good light meant I saw the back half of maybe six or seven as they 'bolted' for cover having seen me elegantly sliding through the water......let an old guy keep his illusion, please.

Summer really has arrived, we have all fish on the inshore sites, loads of lobsters and yup quite a few lost weights, although with over one thousand two hundred individual weights picked up you would think that there couldn't be many more, but of course they are regularly topped up and uncovered as the tides shift and dump sand around the dive sites.

Now on the subject of sand I found my first keel pin, I think, on this site. Quite a good one, about fifteen millimeters in diameter and about thirty centimeters long, although the action of the sea or the loss of the boat now means it forms a right angle. It is blatently obvious that large numbers of wooden boats have been lost on this site of the years and whilst I have picked up odds and sods from these wrecks lost in time the area is so covered in bits and pieces from Yewglen that to be honest any other remnants are often buried under piles of rusting hull.

On the subject of the Yewglen, talking to the Ancient Diver he didn't know that there are three danforth anchors on the site, so with that in mind over this summer we are going to see where they are in relation to each other as a 'theoretical exercise', should be interesting.

Back to the dip, now this second reeflet is an oddball insofar as whilst the first reeflet is like the point, so a steady rise south to north and a pretty vertical face this one is more of a mound with 'lots' of scoured channels which head east to west. I am guessing that this particular area is sandstone as doleritic limestone simply doesn't weather or degrade in this manner and what makes it 'great' for scrap hunting is that the weights pretty much all roll into these channels and lets be blunt whilst some are just shallow scours there are a couple that are two meters deep and a meter or so wide, almost like a very mini Grand Canyon, except with both sides smothered in life and scrap lead at the bottom. Of course it is not just scrap lead and on this dip I bagged a short length of very 'sea-worn' copper communication chain. This chain is for all intenets and purposes a copper bicycle chain which was used to connect telegraphs in the bridge and engine room, yup I have a telegraph and also a couple of the pulley arrangements that were used to enable the chain to pass around corners.

After only half an hour my travel wing started feeling rather odd and I saw that the left shoulder strap was loose and on examination a section of webbing had come adrift, arse major repairs needed and it's only done 1,345 dives, bloody shoddy quality if you ask me, so with a loose bit of kit I decided that it would be prudent to call it a day, also the scrap bag was getting heavy and I am concious that it is a drag back to the car.

So I 'bag bounced' back to the foot of the wall right at the best 'low water exit' and then surfaced, a couple of guys who had set up when I was already in were startled to say the least, great stuff!

If you are out diving please, please keep an eye out for lost braid which is an absolute bugger to cut, always carry scissors/shears as well as a knife and if it's braid and you wish to own ten fingers don't wrap it around your hand to try and pull for a snap, it's bloody cheese-wire.....

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 14.8 kg

Weight this year - 218.2 kg

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