I had to promise not to say where this place is (other than Saanich Inlet, obviously). We showed up on a windy, rainy day near the middle of December, 2005. Visibility was incredible. Floating on the surface, you could see 50 feet down. Deeper, visibility was at least 100 feet. We swam down a sandy canyon cutting through the rock and turned right, ending up on a wall with cloud sponges starting at around 120 feet deep. They continued down at least past 180 feet. Most of the nice big ones are 140 feet deep and deeper. Back in the "shallows" (less than 100 feet), there were the usual quillback rockfish and small lingcod. There was also a solitary vermilion rockfish. Near the surface there was a pipe fish and strange string-like jellyfish. There must be tons of unknown places like this waiting in the Inlet.
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(Vis was not as good, but still not bad)