Sunday, March 13, 2016

Catalina Island Spearfishing and Subsequent Fish Tacos

"Well I love her...but I love to fish! I spend all day out on this lake and hell is all I catch! But today she met me at the door, said I would have to choose, if I hit that fishin' hole today she'd be packin all her things and she'd be gone by noon. Well I'm gonna miss her when I get home! Right now I'm on this lake shore and I'm sittin in the sun! I'm sure it'll get me when I walk through that door tonight...yeah I'm gonna miss her, oh looky there I got a bite!" -Brad Paisley : I'm Gonna Miss Her

It had been nearly three years since the last time I had been out diving with my good buddy Evian. We figured it was high time we get back in the water in search of food and fun and so we took a ferry across the channel to Catalina Island located off of the  Southern California coast.

The visibility was superb! We had about 60 feet of clarity which is the best I have ever experienced in California waters!

We got some nice fish (which I forgot to photograph) and after a while I grabbed a nice lobster as well.

Juvenile fish with electric orange and blue coloration were abundant along the rocky bottom.

I also encountered a small octopus camouflaged in a crack.

And I got nice and close to a beautiful little stingray!

I kept seeing moray eels in the caves I was attempting to pull lobsters from. It always makes me hesitate as they are known to attack diver's hands in such scenarios! Unfortunately the only picture I got of this one was a bit blurry.

When we finally got around to cooking we decided to stay with our old tradition (from Gigi's suggestion) and cooked up a nice batch of fresh fish tacos.

Coupled with Evian's exquisite homemade guacamole and homemade salsa, these beer-battered fish tacos were absolutely incredible! Happy birthday Evian!

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