It was two days of firsts. Apart from the new year, the dives marked the first sessions armed with more than my 43" JBL woody and/or pole spear. Thanks to two magnificent magnanimous Christmas gifts from my older brother and folks, I swam out January 16 armed with a 100cm Aimrite venom, carbon fiber speargun, and a brand new GoPro3. Beast.
The photos you see alongside were taken during the second of the two dives, on Friday, January 17, and feature a new dive buddy, Kris from Kauai, who made the trek down from San Francisco for his first cencal/Monterey dive sesh. Armed with nothing but a six foot three prong, Kris put on a clinic, bagging limits on multiple species, including three Cabezon (one Monster), a rock greenling, and assorted rockfish.