Mel Huse went diving with his friend, Jack Likins, recently and look what he found - a ten+ inch abalone!
I'll let Roger Rude tell the story. He wrote, “I was searching a rock structure in 20 feet of water when I came upon a rock gully. As it opened up below me, I could see some large abalones along a hole on the side. I dropped my ab iron, which was attached to a float connected to my dive board, and returned to the surface for air.
“On my next dive, I followed my float line back to the hole and measured three large abalones. I saw one more off to the side, nestled on the ceiling of the hole. This one clicked on my ten-inch gauge.” Roger retrieved his ab iron and easily popped it off the rock.
Roger wrote further, “At the end of my breath, I grabbed the ab and headed for the surface. On the surface I carefully measured it and confirmed it was over ten inches. This was my 40th abalone over ten inches, a small milestone towards the completion of my bucket list of a lifetime goal of 100.”
Here's a photo of one of Roger's other 39 trophy abalones. He looks pretty darn happy, doesn't he?!
Roger's diving partner, Jack Likins, has already recorded his 100th 10-inch abalone, considered trophy abalones, an amazing feat and Roger’s goal. Many divers never get a single trophy abalone. It takes skill, peak conditioning, intelligence and a dash of luck.
Roger took a video of finding the abalone in the first photo. You can see it here: https://youtu.be/auqn-MkmV7g
Thanks to Jack for allowing me to share his photos of Roger, and thanks to Roger for sharing his experience. Roger did tell me the abalone in the video did come off the rock amazingly easily.
Jack Likins went diving off The Sea Ranch on Father's Day, last Sunday. The visibility was good and he had a most successful dive. Jack found a big one, a trophy Abalone. It measured 10 and 9/16 inches.
That's the perfect Father's Day gift for an experienced diver like Jack. Thayer Walker, Jr. took the photo and I thank him for allowing me to share it with you here.
To learn much more about abalone, here is Eric Anderson' excellent website: http://www.abaloneten.com/
Don Stupfel is 86 years young. He went diving with several friends recently and scored a trophy Abalone - a ten inch Ab.
Eric Anderson keeps records of everyone who takes a 10 inch Abalone and he believes Don is the oldest person to have accomplished this feat.
Thanks to Jack Likins for this photo and story.
To learn much more about Abalone, here is Eric Anderson's web site: https://sites.google.com/site/abaloneten/
Any Abalone ten inches or more is considered a trophy abalone. Here is what one looks like.
Paul Weston took this photo of one happy hunter of red treasure. Paul wrote, “[Here is a photo] I took of Louie Ozenne with a 10 1/4 inch Abalone taken on the outside of Schooner Gulch. The depth was between 25 and 30 feet. Louie was thrilled; his normal passive personality actually changed to one of an extrovert. Congratulations, Louie!”
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo and congratulations to Louie on his feat!