A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP
Shark Diving Expedition April 2013
This year's trip to Tiger Beach did not
disappoint! We spent day one playing with the lemons at
Tiger Beach itself and then cruised over to a site that we
call Fish Tales on day 2. The tiger action at Fish Tales was
pretty solid with two tigers cruising past the
group and chomping on the baitbox.
On day three we spent the morning looking in
vain for spotted dolphins. In the afternoon we checked out a
sandbar nearby in order to do a little shark chumming and
the dolphins found us! Normally dolphin encounters are
fleeting and involve a lot of kicking and spinning to keep
them interested. On this occasion, a pod of around 20
spotted and bottlenose decided to hunt for eels and other
food under the sand, right around our boat. They stayed and
played with us for hours.
Eventually everyone got their fill of
dolphins and drifted back to the boat in time to enjoy an
epic dive with two big tigers that cruised
in to see what all the fuss was about.
This was a great photo shoot with lots of
close passes and tigers taking the bait from the feeder. I definitely
want to try this spot again on our next trip because it is
also supposed to be good for great hammerheads at the right
time of year.
We finished the trip back at Tiger Beach and
Fish Tales. The tigers came in to play soon after we arrived
and by the end of the fourth day we had four big tigers
cruising around the feed and probably 30 or more lemon
sharks. A couple of nurse sharks tried to muscle in whenever
there was room for them to reach the bait boxes and even a
little reef shark showed up at Tiger Beach for a while but
he was soon scared away by the marauding lemons and tigers.
Overall, it was a hugely successful trip. One
of the highlights for me was a new twist on lemon snaps.
Usually we wait until the end of the day and lean off the
swim step to get over/unders of the lemons. On this trip we
did that too but during the day we also tried it while
actually swimming in the swirling mass of lemons at the
surface. It was a bit sketchy because one of the lemons was
blind in one eye and bumped us repeatedly but the resulting
images are quite unique.
Next trip is in October and I have a little
room left on the boat if you'd like to come and play with
the tigers. Join me if you can!
Tiger Beach October