Bahamas Aggressor Captains Log
July 30th - August 6th 2016
Crew - Capt. David Patterson, Engineer Dave, Chef Rob, Dive Instructors James & Angelo
Guests - Susan & Ken, Jim & Janet, Sandrea & Victor, Shikka & Jeff, Reno & Lisa, Cpak & Linda, Melissa & Gary
Air Temp - 33 Deg C, Water temp 82 Deg F
Exposure Suit - Shorty Wetsuit or Rash Guard and Board Shorts
Saturday 30th July 2016
The crew of the Bahamas Aggressor welcomed 14 eager divers aboard for a fun filled actioned pack week of sub sea exploration.
Once all of our divers had unpacked and settled into their state rooms the crew delivered the welcome and safety briefing. Here Capt David went over the safety specifics concerning the yacht and how to manage any emergency events that should arise.
As soon as the briefing was finished Engineer Dave Millard cranked the Detroit Diesels into life as we readied the yacht to leave the dock.
Once all crew were in place Capt. David Patterson backed the Bahamas Aggressor out of the marina and out into the open seas. Chef Rob served up a sumptuous dinner of baked Chicken, Roast Potatoes and Green beans for our hungry guests.
We cruised North for around 3 hours after which we found a nice shallow spot to drop anchor for the night.
Once the anchor had set the crew and guests opted to get an early nights sleep in preparation for the day of diving which was to come.
Sunday 31st July
Our intrepid underwater warriors were up early in order to grab some breakfast to set them up for the day ahead.
Bacon and eggs with homemade pancakes were just what the doctor ordered!
Soon the dive been was ringing. This had our divers shuffling from the salon out onto the dive deck to listen to the deck briefing. Here we covered more safety specifics, we also cover how to dive from our vessel as well as some other pertinent information.
Capt. Dave then briefed the group on the dive… It was on time to take the plunge!
First up was Shark Paradise. We decided to stay here at Shark Paradise in order to increase our chances of seeing the bigger stuff.
Its always prudent when diving in this area to stay put for an elongated period of time in order to give the bait time to soak therefore attracting more apex predators to us.
Over the course of our 3 dives here we see many many many Lemon Sharks, too many to count! These inquisitive sharks come very close to us indeed which gives us fantastic photo ops as a result. We also saw Reef Sharks, Stingrays, Groupers, Eels & Barracuda to name but a few!
After 3 awesome dives we then moved the yacht to the Sugar Wreck for the afternoon and night dives.
Over the course of our two dives here we saw Nurse sharks, Stingrays, Slipper Lobster, Lemon Sharks and Reef Sharks. We also saw a huge loggerhead turtle and a super friendly porcupine fish too. After two stupendous dives the crew and guests decided to get a good nights sleep in preparation for another full day of diving ahead.
Monday 1st August
We started the day off at Hogfish reef. We dropped our fish attraction triangle into the water and waited to see what would come to us. When we hopped in we were greeted by around 10-15 lemon sharks buzzing around our group at a frenzied pace.
Divers take the opportunity to photograph these amazing creatures up close and personal! As well as being swarmed with sharks our group saw a huge school of yellow tail snapper, Squirrel fish, Grouper, Turtles and Eels. on our second dive at Hogfish we saw Stingrays, Cowfish, Jawfish and Lobsters.
We then moved the boat during lunch to our next dive site of choice El Capitaan.
Here at El Capitaan we completed two dives. This dive site is slightly deeper than the rest of the sites we have but it is an absolutely wonderful dive! The huge sea fans and gorgonians will have you in awe at mother nature! The huge elephant ear sponges are a particular favorite with our photographers in the group!
Over the two dives here we saw Lemon Sharks, Stingrays, Snapper, Dogfish, Eels, Lobsters, Crabs and much much more! What a fantastic dive site this is!
We had no takers for the night dive so we moved the yacht to our anchorage for the night and once again got a great nights sleep!
Tuesday 2nd August
We began the day at El Dorado where we completed two dives. This majestic site affords us shallow reaches as well as a wee bit of depth too. The contour ranges from 28 feet to around 45-60 ft at the base. Our group saw a plethora of marine life which included Sharks, Rays, Barracudas, Hogfish and Snappers. We then opted to dive Mini wall after lunch which is a always a popular choice amongst our divers. Here on Mini Wall we saw huge Parrotfish, Eels, Scorpionfish, Blue Tangs and a Wonderful Eagle ray sighting. Due to inclement weather and strong currents we had to cancel the rest of the diving for Tuesday and take shelter at our anchorage site. Our group took full advantage of this down time by partying on the sundeck until the wee hours!
Wednesday 3rd August
We started out with amazing dive on Mount Olympus. This deep dive is the only dive on this itinerary where we can drop down the wall structure. The top of the wall starts pretty deep however so we only completed one diver here. We saw sharks, rays, and many many reef fish adorning the abundant and lush corals.
We then moved the yacht to Reds ledge. This dive sight is one huge coral finger that starts in the sand at about 80 feet and juts up into the water column around 40 feet. The top of the finger is covered with soft corals of all shapes and sizes. The marine life is plentiful too which made for a magnificent dive right before lunch!
After a stupendous lunch which was enjoyed by all we completed two dives on Hogfish Reef. We again dropped our fish attraction triangle into the water which attracted a lot of Lemon sharks and Reef Sharks. The group enjoyed a exploring the nooks and crannies of this reef structure where the got to see some small critters as well as the big ones. we saw Nudibranchs, Lionfish, Flamingo Tongues and arrow head crabs. All in all our divers ascended happy after their two dives on Hogfish Reef.
Thursday 4th August
We started out Thursday by enjoying a beautiful drift dive down Mini Wall. Die to some strong currents we opted to drift instead of doing a fixed dive site. The group thoroughly enjoyed this dive as they got to cover a very large area that they hadnt done previously.
Once everybody was onboard we dropped the anchor in the sand flats where we enjoyed our lunch of fish tacos!
We spent the afternoon and the night dive on The Sugar Wreck which proved to be a hit with our group. We saw fish and creatures of all shapes and sizes. The Sugar Wreck has probably the densest population of fish life of any of the sights we do on this itinerary.
After dinner we watched Jamess video of the week which went down a storm with our group. Upon completion of the night dive we slipped our lines and dropped the anchor and enjoyed a good nights rest.
Friday 5th August
We completed a pre breakfast dive by drifting Reds Ledge where we saw many Lemon Sharks, Reef Sharks, Rays and a whole host of reef critters.
Upon completion of this dive we cruised back into our home dock at Old Bahama Bay. Once we were tied our guests explored the marina and enjoyed the free use of the facilities such as the swimming pool and the beach. We ended the trip with a wonderful cocktail party on the sundeck prior to taking dinner ashore.
Alas it was time to bid farewell to new found dive buddies.
Until we see you all (all Yall) again….. Safe diving always!
The Bahamas Aggressor Crew