Rig Diving
                                              A note about rig diving:
Rig diving can be quite outstanding and is a favorite among many local divers. Rigs are essentially vertical reefs, requiring little effort to cover large areas. Species abound and on any given day, you are likely to encounter almost anything. Common species include Barracuda, Bermuda Chubs, Spanish Hogfish, Lookdowns, Atlantic Spadefish, Cobia, a myriad of Snappers, Groupers, Jacks, Sharks, Angelfishes, Damselfish, Blennies, Wrasses, and so on and so forth. The list is quite long. Less frequent visitors include species such as Whale Sharks and Mantas, Rainbow Runners, Parrotfish, African Pompano, Yellowtail Snapper and Palmetto, to name a few. Many shallow water rigs can be seen from the beach and are generally about 4-6 miles out, with depths ranging from around 40'-60'. There are quite a few available, but visibility is generally very limited, with 15'-20' being great. This makes the shallow rigs fertile hunting ground for spearfishermen, but not so great for sightseers. For consistently clear water with 100'+ visibility, you would be better served diving deep water rigs in water that is 130' plus. Many of our deep rigs have been removed over the last few years, but there are still some to be had. It will, however, be a long boat ride. The closest deep water water rigs are about 40 miles from Port Aransas. Bottom depths will be in the 200'+ range, but everything worth seeing will usually be above 100' anyway. Visibility at deep rigs is usually outstanding. Currents are often light, but can be moderate to strong on some days. If you have never dived a rig, you are missing out on some of the best diving to be had, and should definitely add it to your bucket list for some serious diving and serious fun.

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