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BELOW ARE THE NAMES AND COUNTS OF 70+ ABALONE DIVERS THAT ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TEN INCH ABALONE DIVERS IN THE WORLD. A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS TO MY ABALONETEN SITE. 'DIVE LONG, DIVE SAFE, DIVE FREE'.
 
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  INTRODUCTION to TEN DIVER PAGE 

There are many excellent divers. However, I truly believe, the taking of trophy abalone is the result of motivation, dedication, location, and a little luck...Eric Anderson s.

 

WHY DIVE FOR 10's ?...(1st photo by Eric Anderson; 2nd photo by Steve Cali; 3rd photo by Dale Crist; 4th photo by Ken Morrill)

 

 

 Going down! (Dinucci photo)

 

BELOW ARE THE NAMES AND COUNTS OF  70 +  ABALONE DIVERS THAT ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL  "TEN" INCH DIVERS  IN THE WORLD. 

350-399.....Dwayne Dinucci*

300-349.....Open
 
250-299.....Phil Johnson*

200-249.....John Pepper*, Jeff Centoni*, Steve Lackey*, Tony Vau,  Johnathan Centoni*

150-199..... Dave Buller*,  Jack Likins*, Chris Glenn

100-149.....Don Powers*, Erik Owen*, Les Wendel*, John Ramsey,  Jim Okumoto, Matt Mattison*, Reed Gatton*

 50-99......Tom Kidder, Mike Johnson*, Steve Buller, Ted Wheeler, Eric Stockwell*, Eric Anderson, Allan Spehar*,  Russ Slaughter, Matt Lum, Phil McReynolds*, Carl Anderson*. Shannon Jay*

30-49 ......Ken Bailey, Joel Hendricks*, Crazy Ron, Mike Bettencourt,  Bill Rigby, Gary Rose, Brandon Turknett, Gary Elwood, Mike Lovell, Julian Lee*, Roger Rude         

20-29.......Earl Wight,  Martin Hoben*, Kevin Horstman,  Brandi Easter, Howard Bloom, Richard Lewis, Randy Jones*,  Dave Batt*,  Chad Watts, Justin Smith, Carol Laire*, Blake Tallman, Zack Zanolini,  Adam Sauve, Rick Garzoli, Charlie Malet*, Shawn Anstine

10-19......Mike Gomez,  Obie Anderson, Eric Bloom, Wayne Johnson, Paul Young, Mike Tobin,  Duanne Shoemake, Derek Bond, Mark Center, Mark Winscher, Ken Salva, Paul Weston, Rod Bartholf,  John Patterson,  Roy Ulatan*, Doug Coale, Jason O'Donnell, Rob Winn, Keith Perry, Julian Nunn, Tom Bieri, Marco Mazza, Josh Russo


*11 inch abalone included in overall count
 
 
(User submissions (pictures/data) to abaloneten gives authorization for publication on  webpages)
 
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Abalone 2014

Brandon Turknett pulls number 13 ten inch
abalone for 2013 from Sonoma County waters..Congrats

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(remeasuring with a caliper Jim's
ab hit 10 7/8")  what a hog!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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*This was Jeremy's first abalone and it was a 10"er... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PREVIOUS YEARS TROPHIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
* Chad's daughter name is Billie (aka) Peanut... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
                   (below are previous years trophy pictures)      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jack Likins joins the 11 inch club with this 11.1
beauty. The ab was taken in September 2010 .
Location: Pacific Ocean...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whoops! Almost forgot. The lady in the picture is Lisa Burns!!! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





















             DIVERS WITH THEIR TROPHIES (previous years)
 
                                               
                                              
 

 

 

   

Derek Bond with another 2009 10" plus abalone. Shannon Jay holding a 10 1/32" trophy ab taken from Humboldt County 2009. Nice ab Shannon...(Both came from Humboldt County)

 

Dino Spadoni displaying his latest two ten inch abalone taken in Sonoma County. Congraulations Dino....

 

 

 

Johnathan Centoni displaying his newest 10" trophy. This ab was the 100th ten inch abalone taken by Johnathan...Congratulations!

 

Eric Bloom holding two big 10"ers...The biggest 10 1/2" and the other 10 1/4"..These abs were taken in Mendo Co. 10/20/09..Good job Eric!

 

Matt Mattison and Dan Anderson do it again! Matt's 10 1/8" was taken in Sonoma Co waters on 10/18/09....Dan's 10 1/4" (Sonoma Co) was taken on 10/19/09...His 10" ab with the guage on it was taken 10/11/09...

Glenn did it "again". Chris Glenn pulled ths 10 1/2 chrome dome in Mendo Co. 10/18/09...Phil Jameson holding a 10"+ abalone taken in Sonoma Co recently...This ab measured at BBPD..Nice job Phil!

Zach Rude and Roger Rude displaying results of their fabulous dive in Sonoma County waters on 10/11/09....Roger's 10.18" was the big one for the day...( the above six abs weighed 47 lbs )..Russ Slaughter displaying a limit of 10"ers taken in Mendo Co...10 1/8", 10 11/16". 10 3/8" ...nice lmit...congrats!!!

 

Mike Bettencourt with a 10.5" hubcap, Brandon Turkett with his 10" RF meet winner, and Matt Mattison with two 10"ers....all taken 10/10 and 10/11/09..What a weekend! 

 

Tre admiring Louie Ozenne's  (his master) 10 1/4" beauty. Chris Glenn displaying his latest 10 1/8" trophy. Both abs were taken in the Gualala area on 10/10/09...

 

Humboldt Hummers! Jeff Centoni (10 1/2") Johnathan Centoni (10 5/8")  Carol Laire (10 1/4") Dwayne Dinucci (10 7/16")...all abs taken 9/5 and 9/6  * This was Carol's first 10" er...Congratulations!

Paul Weston with another 10"er...Taken in Sonoma County

Paul Landes with his 10 5/8", Jack Likins with his 10 5/16", and David McNcoll with his 10 1/8"...These September beauties all came from Sonoma County.

Bill Rigby displaying twin 10 1/8" trophys and Wayne Johnson (again) with two  more monsters. The ab on the right was 10 7/8" and weighed in at 11.25 lbs...The shell actually weighted 5.27 lbs on certified scale. These four trophy abs were taken in Mendo Co on 9/5/09...What a day for these two divers....

Phil Johnson scores again with this "tater" that just missed 11"s (10 15/16"s) It was taken in Mendo Co.  9/3/09....Wayne Johnson with a limit of tens taken in Mendo Co.  8/29/09..Wayne is on a roll!

Mark Hannigan (10 3/16") and Jack Likins (10 5/16") displaying these nice trophies taken in Sonoma Co. 9/5/09....Marks weighed over 10 lbs....

Congratulations Matt Mattison! Matt joined the ranks to the 11 inch club. This 11 1/4"  beauty was taken in Sonoma County on 8/22/09...What a trophy!

Dale Crist displaying two beautiful 10 inch plus abalone taken in Mendo County (8/09)...Congratulations Dale! Another 10"er for Randy Jones of Anchor Bay / Gualala area. This one was 10 1/4"....(Mendo County)

Dwayne Dinucci (10 1/4, 10 7/8), Jeff Centoni (10 3/8), Johnathan Centoni (10 5/8), Phil McReynolds (10 7/8), with some more taters taken in Humboldt County August 12,13 2009.

Phil McReynolds holding his 11 3/8" monster trophy; Johnathan Centoni with two more 10 3/4" trophies; Dwayne Dinucci displaying his latest 10 7/8" beauty....all abalone taken in Humboldt County 8/2/09....

 

Matt Beary holding his 10.937" ab taken 8/7/09 in Sonoma County; Gary Ballou with his two newest 10" trophies taken in Sonoma County 8/7/09; Mike Dodson displaying his "first tener" taken in 8/2/09 Sonoma County..(Mike's been diving for 45 years..congratulations Mike!

Rich Daly (SF diver) proudly displaying his 10 1/8" trophy taken in Mendo County  8/6/09...Andrew Bland with his first 10"er Sonoma County  8/6/09....

Matt Mattison with newest trophy (10 1/8") 8/1/09 Sonoma County. Jason Collard first tener (10 1/16") and Chris Glenn with his latest trophy (10 1/2") 8/1/09  Mendo County...

 Mike Bettencourt with his latest monsters taken from  Sonoma County on 8/1/09...(10 7/16" and 10 1/4")  What a way to begin the second half of the season....(right) Brandon Turkett Jr. with another 10er..this one 10 1/4" taken in Sonoma County...

                                            

Reed Gatton and Carl Anderson score once again on these June monsters from Humbotdt County.  (Carl's 10 11/16" and Reed's 10 5/8")...and, as Reed states, the blurred faces are not the result of the witness protection program.

   Carl Anderson with his massive 10 3/4 " ab taken in Humboltd County 6/06/09..David Turknett Jr. with his first two tens ever taken 6/13/09 and 6/14/09 in Sonoma County. (10 3/4"  10" clicker...Good job!)

Mike Bettencourt displaying a limit of tens taken 6/13/09 off Sonoma's pristine coastline.  (10 7/16"   10 7/16"  10 1/2")

                                                             

Jack Likins  with two tens taken 6/09  Sonoma Couny...10 5/16" and 10 3/16"

                                                   

Phil Johnson displaying a limit of tens taken 6/5/09 in Mendo County. The largest of the group is 10 3/4"....Phil's success has me believing that maybe he is part fish...

 

                                                 

   Dwayne Dinucci with a 10 1/16", Reed Gatton with 10 13/16", and Julian Lee with a beauty. These abs are from Sonoma and Mendo Counties....What a month!

      Mike Bettencourt with three beautiful tens. They were taken 5/30/09 and 6/6/09 in Sonoma County. (10 3/4', 10 1/2". and 10")   What a week!

Incredible weekend (Humboldt Co.) Top picture..Jeff Centoni, Johnathan Centoni, Dwayne Dinucci with three limits of tens taken 5/30/09. Bottom picture Jeff, Johnathan and Dwayne with three more monsters taken 5/31/09 to replace the three consumed at large party the previous night. Johnathan with a 10 15/16" huge trophy...All taken with only 18" of visibility.

  

                                     

     Top picture:  Johnathan Centoni with two monsters 10 1/2" and 10 7/16" taken 5/14/09.  Bottom  picture: Doag Coale (left) and Russ Slaughter (right) displaying two limits of tens taken 5/14/09; including a 10 7/16" for Russ and a 10 1/4" for Doug.

Reed Gatton with 10 1/4" and a 10 3/16" abalone, and Big Carl with two 10"ers...Abs taken from Del Norte County in May 2009...

Eric Anderson holding a 10 7/32"  4 1/2" tall  121/2 pound beauty taken from Mendo waters on 5/11/09..also, displaying a 10"er taken from Mendo waters on 6/04/09...

Jack Likins with a limit of 10"ers  4/21/09 (Sonoma County),  and a nice 10"er taken 5/13/09 (Sonoma County)  Jack's latest 10" er puts him over the 100 mark...Congratulations.....

Dave Buller with another trophy. This one was 10.6" and weighed 10.3 on a certified scale. The big male was taken nearly 3.5 hours into the dive.

 

  Phil Johnson holding 10 9/16" and 10 1/4" taken 4/29/09 in Mendocino County...He also took a limit of 10's on 4/21/09...Bottom picture is Phil with another limit and Wayne Johnson with two hubcaps..The big one  10 3/8"..all from Mendo County...

Matt Mattison does it once again....This 10"er was taken in Sonoma County on 5/10/09....Matt's on a roll!

                                                                   

Jeff Centoni and Dwayne Dinucci with Sonoma County 10 er's taken 4/29/09.

 

Limit of tens for Chris Glenn taken 4/30/09  (largest 10 1/4") Two more tens for Christ Glenn of Mendocino County. The largest was 10 1/4"....taken 04 /17/09 ..good luck tee shirts!

      

John Schaafsma (Humboldt County diver) displaying a 113/8", 10 5/8", and 10 1/4"..What a day!

                                                    

Dan Anderson and Matt Mattison strike again in Sonoma County. Dan's trophies are 10 3/8" and 10 1/4". Matt's trophy is 10 3/16"...Taken on Easter Sunday 4/12/09...

 

Chris Glenn with two more 10's taken 4/08/09 Mendo County...One at 10 3/8"

Wayne Johnson displaying a monster (10 5/8" x 9 1/4") abalone taken 4/5/09 in Mendocino County. This was Wayne's first ten incher...

                Steve Cali with a 10 1/8" x 8 5/8" trophy. The ab was taken in Sonoma County...y.

 

Dan Anderson (top)with  a 10 3/16" trophy taken  4/5/09 Sonoma County; this was Dan's first 10"er...Matt Mattison (bottom) with a 10 3/8" hubcap taken 4/05/09 Sonoma County...

ABS DISPLAYED FROM PREVIOUS YEARS WILL REMAIN iN SMALLER FORMAT...... 

 

            Jack Likins with his latest 10" and Roger Rude with his 10.5" taken in Sonoma County on 11/24/08..The picture on the end is Jack again with a 10 3/8" ab taken a few days before at the same location...

           Brian McKenzie and Jim Carrell dispaying their trophies from Mendo County. Brian's was a real hog..It measured in at 10 3/16"....

              Allan Spehar with a limit of 10's...Location not given...  

      Duanne Shoemake with his latest 10's taken on 11/18/08...(location unknown...)

                                

 Don Powers and Phil Johnson holding up their trophy 10"ers taken from the murky waters of Mendo County on 11/18/08 ...Dwayne Dinucci holding his huge 11 7/8" abalone. note: Dwayne has a recorded fourteen 11" abalone.

Pictured left to right...D. Dinucci, Dave Buller, Julian Lee, Jack Likins. Four tens in the group. Likins a limit of tens (large 10 3/8) (Buller a 10 1/2)...all from Sonoma Co. 9/28/08...Eric Anderson displaying a 10.625  taken in Mendo Co.  9/28/08...

Mike Tobin with his limit of tens...(Humboldt County Hummers)... Tino Bernazzani, Brandon Whalers, and Josh Gregory displaying their 10" plus abalone taken in Mendocino Co....(The Three 10'ers)

A great dive for Roger Rude. His 10.475 beauty was taken in Sonoma Co. 9/23/08.....(exact location unknown)Phil Johnson and Clint Scott standing beside the Ab-Session...Phil strikes again in Mendo County. (10 1/4'  and 10 1/8")    WOW!

  Jeff Centoni displaying another  limit of tens recently taken in ? county....10 3/4"  10 1/8"  10 1/16".....move over Phelps!Dwayne Dinnuci with a 10 1/2" taken 9/13/08 at the same undisclosed location....

         Peter Consulter of Santa Rosa displaying his 10 7/8" 10.5 lb  monster ab taken at The Sea  Ranch 11/28/08. Matt Mattison displaying his first (but not his last) 10" beauty...This trophy was taken off Sonoma County on 9/28/08...                                      

 

 

 Carol Laire 9 1/2", Mark Winscher 10 1/4" and Johnathan Centoni 10 9/16" all taken 9/13/08 at the same undisclosed location...A good 10 inch day...L-R...Derek Stavenger, Erik Owen, Brandi Easter, Gary Ballou, and Simon Rycroft. Picture by Steve Owen and Crew.....(Mendocino County....

 Phil Johnson and Don Powers of the Ft. Bragg area do it again..Two more limits of 10"ers during the August calm...These guys are good!Reed Gatton and Carl Anderson displaying their latest  trophies taken 6/30/08. Reed is holding his 10 3/4" and 10 1/2" monsters, Carl his 10 1/2" monster....   

            Dwayne Dinucci does it again...Another limit of trophies...11 5/16", 10 3/4", and 10 3/8"......Amazing! Greg Ballou with his first 10"er...taken 8/17/08 in Mendo County...This guy gets big fish too....              

 

 

 Phillip Johnson and Chris Glenn displaying their limit of 10's taken 6/20/08 in Mendo County.  Phillip (10 9/16..10 3/8..10 1/16)  Chris (10 1/4..10..10 1/2)Patrick Freeling with  10" ab and nice ling...Taken in Mendocino County 5/07/08...

                    Don Powers with a beautiful limit of 10's taken 5/29/08....  Reed Gatton with a beautiful limit of 10's taken   6/2/08...

 

 

                                           

                Eric Stockwell holding his latest 10" trophy.  His 10 count keeps rising.  Brandi Easter holding a 12.5 lb abalone (10.5") taken in 2006. A record breaker...

      Dwayne Dinucci  6/20/08  10 1/4" Sonoma County..(another successful dive)...   Phillip Johnson holding his 11.2205 trophy abalone taken in Mendocino County. This abalone was recorded in the CFG record book.

 

 Eric Anderson displaying his 10 5/8" x 9 3/16"  (10 lb) trophy. Eric Stockwell (AAAAbking..2 trophies)                                                                   

 

  

                     John Pepper holding the largest abalone (length) ever recorded 12 5/16".Sam Merryman a true  Humboldt  County diving  pioneer  displaying his 11.1"  abalone taken in the 70's. Estimated weight of 13+ lbs. Sam has been diving for abalone for 75 years.

 

Jeff Boaks (Oregon 11.5")...Roger Rude with his latest 10" trophy.

Dwayne Dinucci's latest limit of 10's (April 2008)The best named boat ever (Ab-session)  Six 10"s displayed...Phillip Johnson (boat-owner) Tom Kidder (State Park Maint. Chief)  Eric Bloom (Warden)

      Derek Bond displaying his 10.9" trophy from Humboldt County. A very successful day for Derek, a limit of 10's....Al Jay's newest trophy( it measured  10 1/4")

                                     

          Erik Owen and Dave Buller with 11" abalone.  Johnathan Centoni with an 11" abalone.

 

    

      Jack Likins, Johnathan and Jeff Centoni, Dwayne Dinucci (500 plus 10" abalone  between these 4 divers.) Jeff Centoni with 11 1/2" ab.

    

       Dwayne Dinucci and Jeff Centoni with two limits of 10"s. Eric Anderson's formula  2A x (10+) = 21I....

                    

     Ken Bailey and Richard Lewis displaying two 10" plus trophies. Gary Rose  with a 10.5"er.

 

           Randy Jones with his 11  7/16" 14.5 lbs trophy.Matt Lum with his 10 15/16"  x 9.5"  trophy.

 

               

        Jack Likins...almost 11"er; actually 10 5/8"... Brandi's limit of 10 inchers.

 

                

          Buzz Owen "abalone guru" holding a huge ab that is not a red abalone...It is a 10 1/64" green abalone (Haliotis fulgens)...This abalone is believed to be the largest green abalone ever taken. Henry Thornhill (Davis, CA) displaying one of his 10" plus trophies

              Howard Bloom with a 10er.......Jack "shark attack" Rochette and Mark Barville with 3 nice 10ers....

                                           

     

               Dave Akers displaying his  10 1/2 " trophy.  Abalone taken in Mendocino County 5/10/08... Louie Ozenne's "first ten"....A beauty  too.

   

Ken Salva of Gualala holding a nice 10 5/16" trophy ab taken in Mendo Co...Paul Weston displaying his trophy abalone... 

     

       

Phil Anderson of Boise displaying his  trophy...Major Rick Kubicko with 1st 10"...

Good day at Ft. Bragg 4/09....Kevin Hortsman displaying results......

 

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