Chris, Tony, and Bob took Bob's boat out of Sarasota in early December and headed out to M5 reef and Cuda Hole. The water temperature was warm at an incredible 70 degrees. We saw 4 Goliath Grouper and a large stingray. M5 has a number of high-profile concrete culverts, which makes a great garage for the Goliath Grouper. We also saw a school of Amberjacks and some Atlantic Spadefish. We decided to do Cuda Hole like a drift dive, where one person stays on the boat and follows a float towed by one of the divers. This way the divers do not need to turn around and come back to the boat at the end of their dive. It is a great beginner dive since you can't get lost if you follow the ledge and where ever you come up, the boat is right there. This ledge has some very deep undercuts, sometimes exceeding 15 feet.
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