JULY 27, Opening morning we awoke to thunderstorms and heavy rain. Some boats that left before daylight returned to camp to sit it out. In spite of the bad start most of the boats that braved the wind and dirty water returned with their limit. The tank and hookah divers had it easier than the free divers due to the limited visibility. Everyone I spoke with said they had a good day.
28, The boats that left camp early to head out back missed the rain storm that hit the campground. Most of the crews I spoke with caught their limit. All in all, I believe everyone had a good time in spite of the bad weather.
AUGUST 6, We awoke to a calmer day. As usual, a lot of boats were out before daybreak. It took our crew more time and air than mini-season to get our limit. When I went to the cleaning table Stin Key already had a lot of heads on her. I saw a lot of boats heading back out after lunch, so I assume they had not gotten their limit on their first trip out. The verdict is not in as to whether this season started out better than last, about 50/50. So far everyone is having fun and staying safe. Please read the safety notes at the end of the report.
7th, Calm winds, cloudy sky, low visibility. Everyone I talked with said it took longer to get their limit, still having fun.
8th, Copy of the 7th, most boats not getting their full limit and reporting they had to sort through a lot of shorts to get what they got. I personally saw a lot of shorts that would be legal after their next molt. I had better luck today than yesterday. I only needed a ½ tank of air.
9th, Starts with sunshine and clear skies. Visibility still bad on Atlantic side. Most boats reported very hard to get their limit.
10th, Clear skies, sunshine, and windy, bad visibility on both sides, not many heads on Stin Key.
11th, Storms moved in from the east, few bugs brought in.
12th– 15th, Windy, low visibility every day. Few bugs being brought in. A big turnover in boats and campers. The verdict is in as to how this season ranked. Last year was better as far as weather and Bugs. I put in a request for calmer seas and good visibility for next season. Personality for me a bad day at BPKFL is better than a good day at work.
My friends and I are still seeing boats that don’t seem to understand the Dive Flag Rules For Boats. Flags need to be above the highest point on your vessel so it can be seen 360 degrees around your boat. A simple thing like a 10 ft. stick of ½ inch pipe PVC stuck in a rod holder will solve this problem on most small boats. Please take your Dive Flag down when all divers have returned safely to your boat. “Remember if you are not attached to a boat Please tow a dive flag float.” HAVE FUN BE SAFE, We don’t want to lose any of our BPKFL friends.
If you have any questions or have any input to the lobster report stop by site E-7 on the seawall. I would like talking with you. I’m usually here from mid-July thru mid-August.