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    Exploring the proper age to learn scuba diving

    Thomas Rhodes fins along under water in scuba gear without his mask on for the required distance of 50 feet. He stops, replaces the mask, and then while under water, clears the mask of water. I give him a big OK sign and then a high five. He has just performed one of the scuba skills required...


    Big dolphin still being caught off Upper Keys

    The mid-August report remains strong both offshore and around the backcountry areas of the Upper Keys.  Full-day offshore charter boats have brought in some beautiful catches of dolphin. Some anglers caught bulls up to 40 pounds last week, though the vast majority were big schoolies...


    Behold the strange yet fascinating balloonfish

    The balloonfish and I are playing hide and seek. It is hiding, or thinks it is, in a large barrel sponge sitting in about 50 feet of water. 


    While fishing, watch for commercial lobster trap lines

    We've talked about exercising extra caution, both on the water and off, due to the influx of tourists partaking in lobster mini-season last week. This week, add to your boating attentiveness the presence of commercial lobster gear.


    From permit to snapper, the fish are loving the warm water

    Hard to believe, but July is history already. Sorry kids. Besides the back to school sales and football practice, we can still look forward to some more late summer snapper and dolphin fishing off the Upper Keys, which of late has remained consistent and actually pretty remarkable. I...


    Learn proper techniques to avoid the bends

    Coming up the mooring line from a Dive on the U.S.C.G. Cutter Duane , intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in 120 feet of water on Nov. 26, 1987 off of Key Largo, I saw a group of divers hanging on the rope at about 50 deep.  They kept checking gages on their wrists or on instrument...


    For a few days, rods and reels take a back seat to lobster nets

    It's lobster time: July 29 and 30 mark the two-day sport lobster season, also known as mini-season, in Florida. It's a time to get together with friends and family, get wet and get some spiny lobsters.


    Veterans and teens partner to plant corals

    For 30 minutes Monday, a combat-wounded Green Beret went underwater near Looe Key to "forget about any pain from my injuries, and not worry about my prosthetics."


    You mad chromis?

    "Dude, that's one grumpy looking fish," said the mate as I showed him the image on my camera. "But," I replied, "It’s a variety of damsel fish."  "Don't look ladylike to me," he said. "Still say it's a nasty looking fish dude" Just to make sure the mate just wasn’t having...


    Women divers united in Keys conservation

    Women divers from all around the globe celebrated Professional Association of Diving Instructors Women’s Dive Day last Saturday by participating in a variety of specialized events. The emphasis of the global movement was to get as many women as possible diving on the same day to build...

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