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    Any 2016 trip reports? Going with friends for mini lobster season 2017. I'll save you from asking. Boat is full.

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    I am a big advocate of that trip. I had a group of 11 last year and we put a lot of fish in the box. I put a 42lb black on the boat and another diver put a 30+ Yellow Fin Grouper, big mangos, Nice hogs (limits have decreased for 2017 and I think you are allowed 2 fish per trip per diver), a few cuberas, big Red Grouper, Yellow Jacks.. ect. I have not had the chance to lobster on this trip but we see them on almost every dive so I think you can do well out there. I will be going the last week of June with the same group as last year.

    Good luck and Enjoy, it is a truly amazing dive trip!
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    Thanks for the trip report and the pics. I tried to get on your trip last year as a standby. No luck. I can see why. On our 4 day trip. We're spearing only the first 2 days. Then, we lobster/spear the last 2 of 4 days. I am on another trip late August with some other friends. That way if #1 trip gets blown out. I go on the other or do 2 trips with 10 of us.. The hog fish rule changes have not got an effective date yet. Probably, come out just in time for summer. That change is going hurt a lot of spearing charter boats down there.

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    Your Welcome! I forgot we had talked last year about that. It is rare that a diver backs out on this one. In 2015 we shot more fish but in 2016 they were much bigger, and the Meals they cook are seriously delicious.

    Do you know of any similar trips (not ultimate getaway)?
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    You asked. So, here we go. I went twice on wwww.adventurewatersportcharters.com. The boat is called The Emily Ann. It's a 43' Torres 6 pack boat located in the same marina as The Playmate. On the first trip I filled in a spot. The owner Capt. Jack and another Capt. Dan ran the trip. We did ok. Trip was cut short 1 day due to bad weather. On the second trip, the following month was myself and 5 friends. Capt. Jack did not go, Capt. Dan was master and a capt. John. We had 5 drops, we did not see anything big enough to shoot nor any lobster. Some of my guys were asking about a "fish show" after the 3rd strike out. We were told to get ready and dive. We saw THE Playmate several times in the vicinity the whole time we were out. They were out the same time as us. They got back in a little ahead of us. The 6 of us had about a 3/4 wheel barrel of fish. When we went to clean our fish at the fillet tables. The Playmate charter was "already" busy cleaning fish on 2 tables. They had 3 wheel barrels stacked with nice fish and lobster to our 1 short stack. I think our total lobster was less than 10 for the trip. All my guys saw the Playmates fish as we went by. While, cleaning our fish. Everyone, decided to go on The Playmate this year in late August. Next, I purposely had my tanks VIP just prior the first trip with Capt. Jack. Upon return, both tanks VIP were fine. Prior, to the second trip. I had them VIP checked again. Capt. Jack was not aboard my second trip. Upon my return and inspection at the dive shop. Both of mine had moisture and light rust streaks. Wire whipping helped. Both tanks ended up being sent out for bead blasting. I called the other 5 guys up. Told them what happened. They all had the same thing upon getting theirs checked. One of my guys had bought 2 brand new HP 100's for the trip. Called Capt. Jack up and told him what had happened. Even sent a pic of the top of my tank full of cleaning solution. It looked like a root beer float. He told me he was busy and would go to the boat in a few days to check out the compressor and then get back to me. He never called me back. I wanted the 6 of us to go on Trip Advisor and tell what had happened. My friends decided we tried the boat out and we won't go again. Rather, than hit them on the internet, We'll hit them in the wallet by not going back. I know the KEYS are notorious for short fills and moisture in tanks. That's why several of us had our tanks checked before and after the trip. Just a heads up for maybe your trip. Playmate starting this year has a surcharge if you bring your own tanks. Each diver bringing their own tanks pays $100. My buddy booked the mini-lobster trip prior to the new rule, that trip is exempt. My August trip is not. The reason for the charge is divers bringing big steel tanks overworks their compressor. More repairs and more frequent maintenance. If you use their AL 80 yoke valve tanks. No extra charge. The good thing is: They have no "excuse" for possible moisture or foul air due to the up charge.
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    Interesting... I did not know there was a similar trip going out of the same marina in Stock Island. The Playmate is the only trip like this I have done and they put us on the fish every time, maybe not every single dive but generally we shoot a lot of fish.

    I had a diver last year who claimed he had moisture in his tanks from the PlayMate and he had them sent out for cleaning like you did, but out of 11 of us he is the only one so I have to assume his tanks were in bad shape before we did the trip. I had my tanks VIP'd a few months after the trip and I had a good report, but as you said it is good practice to have them checked when doing trips like this because they dont always know if their compressor is having issues.

    The $100 charge kind of sucks but I can understand. I will have this years group leader inquire about that because all of us bring 120's and the trip is already over 12k...
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    I have HP 120's too. Mainly, for getting 2 dives out in the MG when diving from a go fast boat on a 1 day trip with limited tank space. I was getting 2 dives on my HP 120's on the DT trips with no problem. Using the step machine at the gym helps with the cardio and a better SAC rate for me. Not having a lot of belly fat helps too. Except, for diving in cold water. I have some dive buddies that are "heavy" breathers that could probably use the new Faber HP 149 tanks. They presently use HP 133's. HP 120's are a good all around size tank for having plenty of gas diving the 120'-150' range or getting 2 dives in shallower water.

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    I am a heavy breather... I have Faber HP117 shorty's and in 70 I only get around 45-50 mins of bottom time, but honestly that is enough for me and I wouldn't want a bulkier tank to lug around. I have not dove the MG yet but I have been out to the Elbow using these tanks with Trimix. The bottom time is so limited you can go down and hit the surface with enough air equalize the tanks and have at least 2 more dives.
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