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Alex Reynaud
Apr 20, 2021
In CLUB SCHEDULE & EVENTS
The first meeting of the year is right around the corner. The county of Monterey has eased COVID restrictions and allowed for outside group events. The meeting will be hosted at the Veterans Memorial Campground "Group Site". Stay tuned for more details, directions and everything else you will need to know to meet up with your fellow Tritons. But in a nutshell: - First Official Weigh In of the King of the Tritons - First Official Weigh In for Biggest Fish of the Year - Barbeque Hosted by the Tritons - Raffle See you there!!!
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 17, 2021
In CLUB SCHEDULE & EVENTS
SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 10TH, 2021 Hello Tritons, Save this date and get it on your calendar. If everything works out with the lowering of the COVID restrictions in Monterey, our fist meeting of the year will officially happen!!!!! Stay connected with this thread and more details will be added soon. Thank you, Alex Reynaud Triton President
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Alex Reynaud
Dec 18, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Holiday Joy . . . Good Viz . . . and an Update from the Triton Board Hello fellow Tritons . . . The Board wishes you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and fun winter diving.  At this time, the Monterey Bay Tritons are continuing to follow COVID guidelines and regulations as set forth by the State and County.  But have no fear, once things start to get better, the Triton Board is ready to go!!!! MEMBERSHIP UPDATE Many of you paid your membership in 2019 and early 2020 and we are very grateful of your support.  The Board would like you to know that your membership will be considered "paid & current through 2021" when everything gets going again.  The Board will reach out to each of you individually by email prior to a future meeting. Yah, how cool is that!!  (Shameless plug for the Triton Board) CLUB MEETING UPDATE At this time, the club will continue to not have any "group" educational meetings or "group" get togethers.  This will remain in effect until further notice. GOOD VIZ It is the time of year where Monterey becomes Hawaii . . . but in a 7mm!!!!  Now is the time to start getting out between storms and enjoying your favorite spots with amazing viz.  There is nothing better than being able to see 40 feet and actually explore.  If you get out, make sure to tag the Tritons in your posts to be featured on our social media.  And remember to keep good COVID protocols in place, even when having a little fun on a dive day. Bamboo Reef is a huge supporter of the Tritons and their shop is the go to location for Freediving gear and assistance in the Monterey area.  And guess what, they are preparing two trips for Baja in 2021.  Bamboo Reef will be hosting trips out of the beautiful town of Los Barrilles.  About an hour north east of Cabo.  Give them a call at (831) 372-1685 or click this link https://www.bambooreef.com/baja2021 Looking for gear or even better, need a gift certificate from someone that thinks you are hard to shop for?????  Touch bases with Vanessa and she will hook you up.  Lots of equipment on sale right now and some really good deals on wetsuits, booties, gloves, flashlights and knives.  Call  916-371-3410 
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Alex Reynaud
Aug 24, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
The 2020 Pacific Coast Championship is being hosted by the Fathomiers this year on October 24th. For details and registration, please go to www.fathomiers.net
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 18, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Hello Tritons - I was contacted by Tim at Palapas Ventana to send a message and offer to the club. Below is his email to me. To contact Tim: Tim Hatler - Owner / Captain Palapas Ventana tim@palapasventana.com 310-594-DIVE or +52 612 111 9188 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Hi Alex and MB Tritons!! Hope you guys are staying safe up there - and hope things will normalize soon  - down here in southern Baja we have zero cases and all is safe and normal except for the depressed economy due to the virus --  with that in mind  we made this special for May when things settle down. I am lowering prices for your club because we need the business with the current world situation being so crazy and would love to introduce you guys to our place at a great price. Again we have zero cases here. These are epic trips spearing 2 fishy locations for variety and best fishing - at an amazing  price - hope this can be a win win!! MAY special May 1-6 May 8-13 May 15-20 room for 8 people on each trip includes - 2 days spearfishing Cerralvo Island from the Palapas Ventana resort 2 days spearfishing Sea of Cortez outpost camp 5 hrs north transpo from Palapas Ventana to Cortez spear camp all meals triple occupancy in specialty casitas at PV resort and simple cot accommodations in Cortez Camp 790 usd per person - must have group of 4 minimum for this price not included - booze - buy your own and bring to outpost - drink your own in your casita at Palapas and full bar available at Palapas restaurant airport transfers - for group of 8 with similar flights it would cost 23 usd per person each way fly into SJD from LAX or fly into LAP from Tijuana using CBX bridge from San Diego let me know what you think and if you can pass it on to the Tritons members we think in May people will be ready to travel again and this is a great incentive have a great day and thanks for your time!!
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 11, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Welcome to the 2020 dive season. I hope that you are getting your gear together, planning that epic trip, signing up for a PFI Freedive Training class and taking the time to better your fish knowledge. There is no reason this year can't be your absolute best. It is also my pleasure to welcome the addition of new Board Members as we take on creating an amazing schedule for 2020. The 2020 Board of Directors: Alex Reynaud - President Robert Watson - Vice President Skyler Blalock - Secretary & Membership Director Luke Zaczek - Social Media Director Eric Keener - Dive Day Director I would like to give a huge thank you to Sean Martin, Bob Pennal & Brian Mabrey for their many years of service with the Tritons. Next time you see them, give them a high five. First meeting of the year is this Saturday, the 14th. So get ready for a great day of diving and an awesome presentation by Matt Bond. See you there and thank you!!!
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Alex Reynaud
Feb 05, 2020
In CLUB SCHEDULE & EVENTS
Welcome to 2020 and we look forward to a great year. Here are the dates for the Tritons and more details will be posted as we get closer to the dive day. Triton 2020 Schedule:  Details will be posted closer to the meeting date March 14, 2020 April 18, 2020 June 13, 2020 July 25, 2020 August, 2020 - Peace Boat 3 Day Outer Islands Trip October 17, 2020 December 12, 2020 - Year End Meeting, Awards & Fishy Triton Raffle
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Alex Reynaud
Jan 24, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Look what I just found . . . a story by 2019 Big Fish Winner Ryan Woods!! I think all of us, new diver and experienced old salt, should always remember that the ocean is complex and learning from the days that are not successful are far more valuable than the days that are. I think Ryan expresses this balance of the "ups and downs" in this story from many years ago. Enjoy, https://issuu.com/seasniper/docs/sea_sniper_mag_vol_3.1_final
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Alex Reynaud
Jan 24, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
I was cleaning up a mess of folders on my computer and ran across this issue of the Sea Sniper Digital Publication. This was a really cool one because my two buddies and I (all Sea Sniper Team Members at the time) got together to show off what we had been up to. From White Sea Bass, to California Wahoo to the East Coast summer warm water run. It was a special year that included travel around the US and South America. Pretty cool to look back on and hope you enjoy. Click on this link to see the articles: https://issuu.com/seasniper/docs/sea_sniper_2.1
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 25, 2019
In COOKING & RECIPES
Recipe by: Alex Reynaud Pics: Alex Reynaud (Ling & Olive Rockfish) Published on: https://gannetdive.com/pages/alex-reynaud This is a dish that combines Black Rockfish and Blue Rockfish (or your favorite two species). It is simple, fast and has great flavor. Ingredients list: Black & Blue Rock Fish Fillets or your favorite 2 species Scallions-1 or 2 (diced down very small) Egg- 1 xl egg white Italian Seasoned Panko Crumbs-1 cup Mayo-2 cups (Japanese Mayo is much better if you can get it) Vegetable Oil 4 Peeled Oranges 2 Carrots ½ cup Cilantro Sesame Oil (for additional taste until it is your liking) Preparation: Cube 4 fillets of Black & Blue Rock Fish & dry. Prepare a bowl with 2 cups of Mayo (Japanese Mayo is the best) and add one XL Egg white. Mix it up. (The egg acts as a glue to help keep the ball together during cooking). Mix the cubed fish into the Mayo and ensure an even coat. Add in the scallions to your own liking and mix evenly. Have an extra bowl on the side for combining fish and Italian Panko. Heat an extra-large non-stick pan that has a lid. Add oil to the pan. Only about 1/8th of an inch or less of oil in the pan as we want this to be a light frying process. At this point, I like to pull the fish out of the mayo mix to a clean bowl and then add the Italian Panko as you are balling up individual fish balls (like making an Italian meat ball). If you add to much Panko to fast, the ball won’t stick, too little and you don’t get enough seasoning to make the dish really pop. Practice a little until you can make the fish ball slightly larger than golf balls. Drop them into the hot pan and keep an eye on the heat. This dish will burn if don’t watch the edges carefully enough. If you feel like it is getting to hot on the outside and not cooking all the way through, turn down the heat and put the lid on for a minute or two. The total cooking time per ball should be about 3 to 4 minutes on each side if your balls are about the size of a golf ball. Sauce: combine in a food processor and blend: 4 Oranges Peeled, 2 Carrots , ½ cup Cilantro After the above are blended, add a couple drops Sesame Oil, blend then taste. Repeat until it is your liking. Plating:  Place on a paper towel for 30 seconds and then put on a plate with garden vegetables on the side, drizzle sauce over the top and enjoy. Notes: Try to flatten the ball out at this point into a patty (like a burger) This way it will cook evenly and allow a flat surface for the sauce to rest on.
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 19, 2019
In COOKING & RECIPES
Article & Recipe from Ultimate Spearfishing - https://ultimatespearfishing.com/the-cooked-spearo/ Contributed by:  Brett de Charmoy (Professional Chef and Traveler) Deep within us men, is a primal urge to hunt, gather and impress the ladies with the rich bounty our country has to offer. How better to do that than to catch and cook an amazing dinner for a loved one? As freedivers we are able to get our hands on some of the most impressive and easiest produce to cook, seafood! The best part is that we really don’t have to do much to make it taste amazing. While cheffing around the world, I have come across many complex seafood recipes but have to say that the best of these are the simple ones. Taking time in preparing your catch will ensure you get the most out of your hard-earned prey and make a more enjoyable meal without having to dig out that stray fishbone. Now we could start listing the many different ways to cook seafood but we might be here for a few days and start sounding like Forest & Buba scrubbing floors while discussing shrimp! Seasoning and preparing fish is about trial and error and your personal preference. There is a delicate balance between perfectly cooked and overcooked fish and it’s important to remember that the residual heat from a pan or oven tray will continue to cook the fish after it’s been removed from the stove or oven. For perfectly cooked fish take it off the heat when it’s almost cooked, or still slightly translucent in the center and let it cook through while resting. I use the same technique for most meats, resting is the key. I find that using marinades which have acidic ingredients such as citrus fruits, can easily leave seafood dry or tough if left for too long. To overcome this and get better results, apply your lemon three quarters of the way through or don’t leave it marinating for more than 5 minutes. To test whether your particular fish is done, use a fork and gently break apart the fish. If it flakes apart, you’ve nailed it! Follow these simple tips and you will be well on your way to impressing that special someone. Try this quick and easy summer on a plate. INGREDIENTS: 200g Fish fillet per person 1/2 a red pepper Tin whole sweetcorn Sugar snap peas Spring onion Radish Feta cheese MARINADE: Soy sauce 1tbsp Ginger finely grated 1tbsp Garlic finely grated DRESSING: 2tsp Olive oil 2tsp Brown sugar Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper. METHOD: Mix your garlic and ginger into the soy sauce then slice the fish into 2cm thick pieces and add to the marinade. Chop the red pepper, sugar snaps, radish, feta and spring onion and place in a bowl. In a bowl mix together your lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper and leave to sit for 5 minutes. On the stove heat up your griddle pan and sear your fish. Dress your salad and place over the fish and garnish with fresh Parsley. Enjoy!!!!
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 19, 2019
In GEAR REVIEWS
Over the past 10 years, I have dove, tested prototypes and broken all kinds of different fins. From plastic, to fiberglass to carbon, every fin has its advantages and disadvantages, but you can only wear one pair at a time, therefore the right pair can either burden your dive day or completely enhance it. Now there are a lot of brands of fins in our sport and I have completely lost touch with plastic fins and what manufactures are doing with them now. However, due to the nature of plastic fins, in freediving, it comes down to the foot pocket. Therefore, if plastic is what is in your budget at this time, then make sure the foot pocket fits extremely well and supports the fin. To understand the importance of the foot pocket being able to support the weight of the fin, you should consider going into a dive shop, like the Freedive Shop, and having them explain how this works. It is a little to difficult to explain in writing. From what I have seen in recent years with the plastic fin though, is that Rob Allen, Ocean Hunter and Mares have actually taken some time to produce a good foot pocket that is designed specifically for the blade. Ocean Hunter as well offers their plastic fin with a removable pocket. The next progression in performance, reduced weight and options is the Fiberglass (commonly known as the Composite Blade) fin. For a very long time, a majority of all CenCal and NorCal divers swore by fiberglass fins. They are super strong, have good flexing characteristics, can take an absolute beating when shore diving and the performance is really good. The fiberglass has excellent snap (the speed in which the blade returns to straight) and is soft enough that in comparison to plastic, reduces fatigue in the legs . . . . significantly. Good brands to consider for Fiberglass are: Dive R // Penetrator Fins // Leaderfins // BlackTech The next progression in performance, feel, massive reduction in weight and customization are Carbon Fins. Talk to any diver and ask them if they will ever go back once they have gone Carbon . . . and the answer is "NO". There is no greater asset to a single breath dive, than the fin. Good Carbon will help you reduce the number of kicks and energy it takes to descend, but great Carbon, fit to your height and weight, will not only do the prior, it will give you power and speed with less energy. Over the years, I have dove the Dive R Carbons, C4 Carbons, BlackTech Carbons, Penetrator Carbons, Moana Carbons, Carbino GFT, 2 different Prototype Carbons and the Meister Evo Carbons. For the past 2 years, I have exclusively been diving the Meister Evo Carbons and prior that I was diving the Dive R Carbons. Meister is a Greek company and extremely well known throughout the world and especially Europe as a top fin producer and wet suit designer. One of the reasons they have had such a small footprint in the US is because of their ability to handle the demand. They make fins in small batches under extremely tight tolerances. It is a gorgeous carbon blade this is the lightest of the blades mentioned above, yet due to the manufacturing process and carbon weave, is exceptionally strong. During the 2017 Nationals, I actually cracked one of Greg Fonts' fins because a big swell knocked me over and my weight belt, and my ass, sat right down on it (but seriously, who lounges on a boat in 6 foot swell with his feet up on the seat!!!). He then dove with the cracked fin for the next 2 weeks and during Nationals without issue. 2 weeks after Nationals, he was in Louisiana chasing Tuna and while he was sitting on the swim step of a boat, his fin got swallowed into the prop wash and got chopped a dozen times. And yes, he continued to dive the fins without issue for the remaining of that trip. LOL, classic Greg Fonts moments!!! The Meister EVO Carbon is sold and distributed by the Freedive Shop and can be installed in either the Pathos or Stingray foot pocket. For me personally, I want a fin that does a couple specific things really well: Is very soft in the bottom 1/4 of the fin so I can change my course and make balance adjustments with just my ankles or the smallest of movements. Will not buckle when I crank on them to start making my way to the surface or loose their structural integrity under power. Low profile side rails. Bigger rails are put on fins to make up for cheap Carbon and a lack of structural stability. Good Carbon will funnel more than enough water over the tip of the blade to produce all the power needed. Performs really well when surface kicking long distances. Designed to fit the best footpockets. Can be customized for my height and weight Has a good warranty and support If you are thinking about Carbon, you need to check these out and of course, they are supported by the amazing customer service and warranty of the Freedive Shop.
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 18, 2019
In SPEARFISHIING ADVENTURES
Alaska . . . The Final Spearfishing Frontier Trip Organized by: Greg & Vanessa Fonts (Freedive Shop / Triton X) Divers: Greg Fonts, Vanessa Fonts, Alex Reynaud, Mike Chavez, Chris MacDonald & Bret Pemberton Guide: Colin Sutton This trip started while Greg and I were in Peru preparing for Worlds. We are sitting at the dining room table in our modest little Peruvian home following up on work emails. It had just been an 8 hour day on the water and I can still recall Greg looking up and saying "you want to go and spearfish Alaska?" 8 months later we are geared up, trained up, sporting new 7mm & 7.5mm wetsuits with the dream of landing Ling Cod, Halibut, Salmon and Rock Fish. Little did we know just how challenging this dream was going to be! We landed in Sitka, Alaska on July 28th, to amazing conditions. No wind, sunny and the locals in great spirits because the official Salmon derby was about to start and the fishing had been amazing. Honestly, what more could you ask for while we relaxed on land for 2 days with the goal of getting acclimated and recovered before 7 straight days at sea. The town of Sitka is a very special place, with an astonishing history, great local pubs, tasty food and a very laid back atmosphere. It is honestly an old Russian/American ghost town and then all of a sudden a cruise ship comes into port and the place goes crazy. While in town for a couple days, we had a chance to poke around the commercial fishing fleet, the processing plants and of course Murry Pacific, which is "crack" for anyone that loves fishing. (I think almost all of us dropped about $400 each on knives, tackle and I found some of the best pigtail swivels I have ever seen). Also, on a side note, if you are a single guy looking for girls . . . Sitka must have something in the water. The morning of the 30th, at 4am, we left port on a 40ft salmon trawler with untouched ocean ahead of us. At this moment, you as the reader, should imagine going to a place that has never been touched and never been dove. A vast open ocean with mile after mile of remote pinnacles, untouched islands, protected bays, kelp forests and species of fish that have never seen a person in the water before . . . it is truly an awesome feeling. On our way out, we started fishing Salmon and it wasn't long before we had some beauties on the boat. Follwed by rock fish, lingcod and then more Salmon, it was a variety pack of dinner options jumping around on the deck. Then we pulled up the lines and focused on getting to our first spot. Let's take a break to discuss gear - One of the unique factors about Alaska is that because it is so unknown, we really didn't know what to expect and obviously everything is really big. So the real challenge was how you would handle hunting rock fish and then come across a 50lb Ling or Halibut. And you didn't want to be over gunned to handle a potential World Record Rock Fish as they are just big (6 to 8lbs was standard!) But here is a breakdown of everyone's gear. Each diver had a float and float line at all times Greg Fonts - Rob Allen Carbon Roller 80cm with double flopper / Rob Allen Carbon 110 with double flopper Alex Reynaud - Sea Sniper 90cm with slip tip and a double flopper / Sea Sniper 110 with slip tip and rigged for full break away Chris MacDonald - Rob Allen 90cm with double flopper / Sea Sniper 110cm with slip tip and break away Bret Pemberton - Koah 90cm with slip tip and a double flopper / Koah 110 with slip tip and break away Mike Chavez - Sea Sniper 90cm with slip tip and a double flopper / Sea Sniper 110 with slip tip and break away Our fist location was a pinnacle about 1 mile out in the open sea. The top was roughly 45 feet and the bottom was around 120. This was a good opportunity for us to warm up, get a feel for the fish, water temp and have a little fun. After a few dives, everyone had respectable rock fish on the stringer and the focus moved to seeing what the edges and the deeper cracks were holding. Greg and I wanted to land some big fish, but we both had a lofty goal of landing a Yellow Eye. The only problem, they are rarely more shallow than 90ft. We started working over the edge and hunting the drop offs . . . 60 feet, then 70 then 80 then 90. We found some amazing fish, but not the ones we wanted to land. By the middle of the day, the currents were to strong to dive and it was time to continue exploring and breaking new ground. Greg and I finished off the first day with around 11 hours in the water and had come up with some strategy to start locating Ling Cod and Yellow Eye. However, the other guys and Vanessa had already had enough of the cold water and starting working the rod and reel. The highlight was massive Yellow Eye on the boat. Simply an amazing fish and so good to eat!! Day 2 our goal was to hunt the tides perfectly and perfectly we did. We worked sand flats and boulder fields in the morning with great results for rock fish, but still no other species. In the afternoon, it was all about deep water pinnacles. Greg and I spent 6 hours working some of the most amazing offshore mounts you can imagine, working deep cracks at 70 to 90 feet and strategically dropping halved black rock fish into these cracks to see if we could bring up some big boys from the deep ledges. By the late afternoon, I had our first opportunity at a nice Ling while working a crack at 78 feet. I believe this Ling had come in to investigate the rock fish lunch I placed inside his hunting hole! Finally, we had a nice fish on the boat by spear. Meanwhile, the boys on the boat had landed some massive ling at 200 feet on rod and reel and already had limited out on huge Yellow Eye. It was a solid day. Greg and I called it a day when we got to the point that the viz had shut down to about 3 feet and the conditions combined with the current was just exhausting. That night, an updated weather forecast showed inbound weather of 35 knot winds and 18 foot combined seas. It was already rough and the viz was about 30 feet on the first day, 10 feet on the second day and getting worse due to the ground swell and wind. We had one morning left to hit it hard and then we needed to tuck our tale and get back to port! The next morning, we hit it hard but the conditions made it almost impossible to dive. Even in the protect bays, the viz was shut down to almost nothing and the fish were not playing. So we decided that it was time to go and not risk the storm catching us while in open water. 6 hours later we pulled into port, with winds pushing 30 knots and rain coming in at an angle that us Californians didn't think was possible! Overall, it was an experience of a lifetime. Colin was amazing and our boat captain made the trip with his stories, humor and love for the ocean. Even though we all walked away very humbled at how challenging Alaska was, we did walk away safe, with stories and memories that will honestly never be forgotten. The next night we all celebrated our trip while watching Golden State take a 1 game lead in the NBA finals, eating Yellow Eye fish and chips and being stoked to have dove such a beautiful place. Water temp: 43 to 47 Viz: 2 ft to 50ft Fish Speared: Ling Cod, Olive Rock Fish, Greenling, Black Rock Fish, China Rock Fish Fish Rod and Reel: Lots of Salmon, Ling Cod, Black Rock Fish, Yellow Eye, China Rock Fish, 1 Halibut that broke the line and wasn't landed The video footage isn't the best because the water was really green, but it gives you a good feel for the diving - https://vimeo.com/131145903
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 18, 2019
In DIVE RESOURCES
One of the hardest things to do when you start diving the Monterey & Carmel area is trying to figure out where you can dive. Here is a great map from the Bay Area Underwater Explorers that provides some insane detail of the underwater topography. The MLPA's are pretty close and it is recommended that you take a moment to really understand where the MLPA's are, but this will you give you a good feel. Link: http://www.baue.org/monterey_maps/index.php
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Alex Reynaud
Mar 18, 2019
In KING OF THE TRITONS
Official & Final Score Card Score Card Link - https://www.dropbox.com/s/rlr3ixlcq89zdvi/Triton%20Scorecard%202019%20Final%20Results.pdf?dl=0 For all rules and a list of scoring species, please click here: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/king-of-the-tritons
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