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Luke - zpearo
Mar 30, 2021
In FIND A DIVE BUDDY
I'm looking for some dive buddies that can get out during the week with me, when most people are working. That includes this Thursday 4/1, when I'm planning on a dive on the Sonoma coast. If you're able to get out during the week, let's link up and dive when conditions are good. I'm @zpearo on Instagram or text me at 618.534.3080. -
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Luke - zpearo
Apr 14, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Hi all! Because of the isolation measures in place, we will be having our next Tritons meeting online. The information is below, and has also been posted to our Facebook and Instagram pages. Note that you will need to register for the meeting and install Zoom on your device to join. Feel free to share the registration link with anyone interested. We can support up to 500 participants, so I don't expect that we'll fill up, but register ahead of time just in case. *********************************************** The Monterey Bay Tritons will attempt our first-ever virtual meeting this Saturday, April 18 at 5:00pm! Local legend Matt Bond (@salabat408 on instagram) will be presenting on Coastal Foraging to supplement your spearfishing harvests! The meeting will take place over Zoom, so please register for the meeting and install the Zoom app on your device ahead of time. Register in advance for this meeting: https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/v5MtfuCuqToqA1vi6XDNXq1BPPA99Nv0KA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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Luke - zpearo
Jan 13, 2020
In FISHY TRITON
To submit your fish, please: Make a post below with a quick story about your dive and the photos of your fish (note the special rules for Kelp vs Grass, Black vs Blue, and Canary & Vermilion rockfish, and for international species. Click "full rules" link below for that information.) Note: Your post should begin with the number of species you are submitting, and list which species those are. Example: "Submitting 3 species: lingcod, black & yellow rockfish, greenling" The full rules are available in this post: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/forum/fishy-triton-2020/fishy-triton-rules-instructions-scores Current Scorecard: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VST8lAS0_PzpyVw0Eo3HPfmKnTbXilYHVv-uRs6cO9w/edit?usp=sharing Resources for fish identification: Various species (most Northern Pacific recreational ocean fish): https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species Rockfish: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/sp/rockfish.asp DOTY tournament species: http://doty.norcalkayakanglers.com/targets CA Marine Sportfish (pictures often poor): https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Fish-ID/Sportfish Various species: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/fish-sharks
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Luke - zpearo
Jan 10, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
Hi all, just an update that we plan to move the Tritons facebook presence to the group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MontereyBayTritons/ The old setup was a facebook "page" instead of a "group" and that meant that posts from anyone but the page administrator were basically hidden. The new group setup should mean it is easier for members to post and reply to each other. At the next meeting, I'll bring up whether we want this to be an open or closed group (open group would make it easier for non-members to find things out about the group, closed group would keep interactions between club members). In any case, the club website and private forum will still be used.
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Luke - zpearo
Jan 10, 2020
In GENERAL SECTION
As you likely saw in the last Triton Newsletter, we are looking for members who would like to take on leadership positions in the club. From the newsletter: BOARD MEMBERS "WANTED" FOR 2020 The Tritons have always looked to our Membership to fill the positions within the Board.  The Board helps to shape the direction of the club, keep members up to date on what is going on and help divers enjoy the Monterey area. The current Board Members have fulfilled their terms and the club would like to fill the following positions for 2020 - 2022:  President, Vice President, Membership, Secretary & Safety If you are interested in being part of the club's future, please take a moment to contact Robert Watson at robertwatsonscuba@yahoo.com to discuss in more detail.
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Luke - zpearo
May 06, 2019
In FIND A DIVE BUDDY
I just finished up with a busy time at work and am going to reward myself with some diving. Anyone want to head out to Big Sur in the next couple days? Give me a call/text: 618.534.3080
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Luke - zpearo
Apr 03, 2019
In DIVE RESOURCES
Various species (most Northern Pacific recreational ocean fish): https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species Rockfish: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/sp/rockfish.asp DOTY tournament species: http://doty.norcalkayakanglers.com/targets CA Marine Sportfish (pictures often poor): https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Fish-ID/Sportfish Various species: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/fish-sharks
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 29, 2019
In KING OF THE TRITONS
See the schedule for events that allow fish to be submitted for the KOT: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/club-events See the full KOT rules at: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/king-of-the-tritons
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 27, 2019
In FIND A DIVE BUDDY
Since the number of official meetings for 2019 is being reduced to help the board provide the best content and presentations possible, I'm going to try to hold some unofficial Tritons dive days to help people link up and get out in the water. This way we can all get together and dive without all the Fresno board members having to make the long drive up. These dive days are not official Triton events, but rather just a way to get group members together and diving. As always, your safety is your own responsibility. For anyone interested, would you rather have initial dates set (which would be canceled a few days prior to the dive if conditions are poor) or would you rather that I wait and just set up a dive about a week in advance if conditions look like they will be good? Also, please feel free to provide any suggestions on specific things you'd like. Dives can include anything from trying to help people with sorting out gear issues, improving dive form, learning new hunting techniques, targeting new species... whatever people would find useful. I am thinking of doing these as mostly shore dives, but with a few kayak dives as well (this is because I assume that most Tritons do not have kayaks - feel free to correct me if that doesn't seem to be the case). I also will try to spread out the dive locations and only repeat a location if required by conditions. I assume most people want dives in Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur but I'd also be open to doing dives up north in Sonoma & Mendocino. While I'm confident in my diving, I don't know every dive spot and I don't know everything there is to know about targeting every species. So if you have spots or knowledge to share, feel free to chime in! Or if you would like to set up an unofficial dive of your own, feel free to post it here for other Tritons to join in on.
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 26, 2019
In SITE FEEDBACK & REQUESTS
Though I haven't found a way to message people directly from the "Members" section or from each person's profile, you can click on the orange chat bubble in the bottom-right of the screen to send messages to other members. The "Search" seems to be pretty broken and will often not return results that it should, but you can scroll through the list to find who you want to message.
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 26, 2019
In SPEARFISHIING ADVENTURES
So you've got awesome photos or videos of your fish, trips, and dives? We want to see them and share them with the rest of the Tritons and our friends! It isn't required, but we'd appreciate if you could write up a short caption to go with your photos/videos. Feel free to include your name or Instagram handle in the text. [Example post text: "Triton member Luke @zpearo saw this friendly otter while diving in Pacific Grove last weekend..."] You can submit photos and videos to us in two ways: - email them to tritons.board+member.photos@gmail.com - upload them via the form at https://forms.gle/qzQf6SmpNVzjNsaCA
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 26, 2019
In FISHY TRITON
Link to Submission Page (Be sure to read submission formatting instructions!): https://www.montereybaytritons.org/forum/fishy-triton-2020/fishy-triton-2020-submit-your-fish-here Scorecard: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VST8lAS0_PzpyVw0Eo3HPfmKnTbXilYHVv-uRs6cO9w/edit?usp=sharing Overview: The “Fishy Triton” is all about challenging yourself to hunt different species . . . . World Wide!! It is a simple format: Step 1: Go out and spear a fish (edible marine invertebrates count as well... like scallops, lobster, limpets, etc). Step 2: Take a photo with your fish. It can be a selfie, a super cool setup, or even a photo with you and your dive buddy. Anything works, as long as we can see and ID your fish! Step 3: Post the picture and include a short story about the fish or your dive in the thread at: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/forum/fishy-triton-2019/fishy-triton-submit-your-fish-here Step 4: Be rewarded with raffle tickets for the super mega raffle prize at the 2019 Year-End Meeting Rules: 1. Each diver must be a current MBT member. 2. Each diver will earn 1 raffle ticket per species. 3. A diver may only earn tickets once per species entered (You cannot submit the same species multiple times for more raffle tickets). 4. The only size requirements are DFG Regulations or applicable State/Country Regulations for species taken outside of California. All species must be in accordance with regulations where they were harvested. 5. You may enter an unlimited amount of species. 6. You may enter a species that does not currently show up on the species list. Just submit it, and we will add it to the list! 7. All fish must be taken by breath-hold diving with a speargun (invertebrates must be collected according to applicable regulations... for example, in California you may collect scallops using your hands, a dive knife, or an abalone iron). Special Note: 1. Kelpy & Grass Rockfish tend to be miss identified. If you are submitting a Grass Rockfish, please include a decent picture of the gill rakers for review by the board. Do this by opening up the cheek so all the gills can be seen. Without this, we may not be able to verify a kelpy/grass submission. Sample: 2. Canary & Vermilion tend to be miss identified. If you are submitting a Canary Rockfish, you must include a full body, close up shot of the lateral line for review by the board. 3. Black & Blue Rockfish tend to be miss identified. If you are submitting a Black Rockfish, make sure the board can see the side profile of the fish, specifically its cheek. 4. When traveling abroad, get a good side profile shot of your catch for board review. Some useful species identification resources: Various species (most Northern Pacific recreational ocean fish): https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species Rockfish: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/sp/rockfish.asp DOTY tournament species: http://doty.norcalkayakanglers.com/targets CA Marine Sportfish (pictures often poor): https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Fish-ID/Sportfish Various species: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/fish-sharks Now get out there, have some fun, pick and choose your days to hunt, travel a little this year and of course . . . . Happy Hunting and Eating!
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 26, 2019
In FISHY TRITON
The full rules are available in this post: https://www.montereybaytritons.org/forum/fishy-triton-2019/fishy-triton-rules-instructions-scores Current Scorecard: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FwWoiy35Ck4MbxZhhwz3i3RH_jEDVRF_r2f4eOtGw6o/edit#gid=0 To submit your fish, please: Make a post below with a quick story about your dive and the photos of your fish (note the special rules for Kelp vs Grass, Black vs Blue, and Canary & Vermilion rockfish, and for international species.) Note: Your post should begin with the number of species you are submitting, and which species those are. Example: "Submitting 3 species: lingcod, black & yellow rockfish, greenling" Resources for fish identification: Various species (most Northern Pacific recreational ocean fish): https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species Rockfish: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/sp/rockfish.asp DOTY tournament species: http://doty.norcalkayakanglers.com/targets CA Marine Sportfish (pictures often poor): https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean/Fish-ID/Sportfish Various species: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/fish-sharks
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Luke - zpearo
Mar 25, 2019
In GEAR REVIEWS
I've used a few dive lights before and have settled in with this one for the moment after a couple buddies recommended it. What I like most is that it has different brightness settings. I often will use the lower setting in darker conditions to avoid blinding myself and to avoid scaring fish away. I use the narrow beam, but they have wide and extra-wide options too. The light head stopped working at one point and their customer service checked that I hadn't flooded the light and then replaced it free of charge for me, so I am happy with the company's service as well as the product. https://bigbluedivelights.com/products/1200-lumen-narrow-beam-best-seller/
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