C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chumming for big ones

The weather improved slightly today.  Bob invited me to ride long on a trip out to some of the local commercial fishing vessels.  We traded some rum for a dozen fresh yellow tail snappers.  Cleaning the fish back aboard Last Chance attracted some of the larger local scavengers.   I returned to C’est la Vie to retrieve Anne and the snorkeling gear.   The image above was captured below Last Chance.  In the foreground is a 200+ lb goliath grouper.  In the background is a 5+ foot nurse shark.  This encounter served to pick up our spirits and renew our hope in snorkeling the area.

Unfortunately, while shooting these images, our waterproof Olympus digital camera quit.  We are guessing this is due to a leak in the camera body.  Hopefully we can dry out the camera and this will not be the last of our underwater images.

Later in the day we dove the north and south coaling docks.  Both these dives were remarkable due to the size and quantity of sea life visible in the area.  Anne and I swam with a school of large tarpon.  We were bullied by a 4’ barracuda that obviously tired of us exploring his turf.   We observed a school of snook alongside a spotted eagle ray with a 5 foot wingspan.   AMAZING!

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