Diary

I reckon thats about it.......

You don't normally get much shore diving around the North East Coast once you are into November, but it had been quite flat and I had high hopes........

But not too high!

The vis from the North Side of Beadnell Point was 'ok', I guess between two and three meters but it was very, very dark, I know that it was a dive around the top of the tide so I was straight into about eight meters of water but all of the suspended 'stuff' did make it a tad gloomy. If I had bothered with a torch then maybe I would have called it three meters but for the time of year I was just pleased to get in the salt water from the shore!

My only plan was to see what had changed with the recent back end storms and as expected rather a lot had been bashed about, I concentrated on the area from the boiler down to the end of the wreckage between the Point and the first reef, which is where most 'trinkets' are to be found if there has been a major smash up, with big boulders being moved and therefore the cobbles which form the sea-bed all shifted about. On the trinket from just a couple of little things but quite nice nonetheless.

There were a few lads cod fishing when I got in and despite the poor vis I did see some very spooky ballan wrasse which didn't hang about, rather they zipped off as soon as they saw me, apart from these early sightings there were no more fishing mooching about, the sea-bed also showed signs of being chewed up as I could only see a couple of sea-urchins and the only crustaceans were velvet swimming crabs. Now I am sure that there would be some blue fiends about if I worked along the deep cracks that are part and parcel of the first and second reef systems but being honest I was just mooching.

There is a large section of hull that sits just on the sea-side of the gap in the first reef and it has somewhat shrunk over these first storms with a large area ripped off and pulverised to smithereens, its not unexpected. The section of hull has holes which I guess acted as drains from the deck back to the sea and these, along with other miscellaneous holes allow surge to pass up and around the plating, unfortunately when the surge becomes 'big' it does tend to rip off the plating which is rusting 'thinner' every year. I will say now and next year that the sections between the hull stick up from the sea-bed and get very sharp so beware kelp stalks it may not be and at best you get a ripped suit, at worse you are impaled on a rusty spike.

There are a few areas that I class as tosheroons in this area and that is where I found a few lost fishing weights and my nice stuff, the problem that I am facing is that the last storms have pushed water with great force not just east/west but strangely in a northerly direction meaning that many of the large boulders which help in the formation of this natural trap have now been turned over onto the slope up towards the tip of the second reef. Oh and these stones are big, maybe five feet square and two or three feet thick, so quite some force required to turn them over and yes they are obviously inverted with kelp sandwiched between then and the bedrock and stark yellow stones pointing skywards. For anyone thinking 'where have all these carbs and lobsters that were washed up come from' then your answer is stark, from what could be considered to be safe hiding places that were turned over in the bad seas. If a crab or lobster looses its home in this fashion then it is, simply put, dead.

Heading ack towards my usual high tide entry/exit point I saw that the storms had produced a scour, only a couple of feet deep, but at the bottom was what looks like a prop shaft, maybe a diameter where you can two hands around it, well two hands if you're a bloke. I am sure that any phossy bronze prop will have long gone, but who knows?

Getting out at high tide here is easy there are a series of natural steps so yo simply get on the bottom step, stand up in about four feet of water then step maybe one foot onto the next step and so-on. I didn't think at the time but the deepest step was in about two feet of water making it a tad more of a chew on to get out. It was only when I had negotiated the blackened rock which is horrible and slippery when wet that I thought.........the bugger has been washed out!

There you have an end, I think, to shore diving for 2021, it's been a good year and as I always say the same sites next year will all be different due to the sea bashing things around, Have a steady couple of months diving pits, quarries and lakes and where-ever you go please make sure that you..................

Dive safe

RichW

Weight this dive - 21 kg

Weight this year - 643.6 kg

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