Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 82-degree water temperature with one-to-two-foot waves, a very mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Joey Baleda, Andy Rubin, Carmine DiLorenzo, and...

Saturday, August 19, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-84 degrees, warmed to 93 degrees, mainly sunny with scattered clouds with a mild easterly wind. For most of the day it remained sunny and pleasant. 84-degree water temp with seas of two-three feet and a gentle north current with the normal 30-foot visibility and excellent conditions. Vessel & Crew Private...

Friday, August 18, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

The City of Pompano Beach knows how to throw a party and the public was even invited! Held at the Hillsboro Inlet park, the event was to celebrate the sinking of the Okinawa, a 107-foot tugboat to become part of the Shipwreck Park in Pompano Beach. The Okinawa was towed to the Hillsboro Inlet after being cleaned and readied for the sinking as...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-78 degrees, warmed to 92 by mid-day. Today was a little bumpy at 3-5 feet with the winds around 15 mph out of the southeast. Conditions under the water were comfortable at 86 degrees, mild north current and 50 feet of visibility. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple...
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with two-to-four-foot waves, a very mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin Mercury Verados) Crew- Andrew Rubin, Chuck Van Buskirk, Roger Soles and myself....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 83 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with flat conditions, a very mild south current and visibility of 70-plus feet with a very mild breeze from the west. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin Mercury Verados) Crew-Chuck Van Buskirk,...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Day 2 of spiny lobster mini season is always a fun time for the Chiefy crew and usually not as busy or productive as Day 1. We departed on our normal 8am time and it’s wasn’t as crowded as the first day. We can still find lobster, just not as many. We typically also target fish on Day 2 as it seems the past Day 1 mini season activities...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Spiny lobster mini season are the “High-Holy” days of diving in South Florida. This two-day event is held on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July to kick-off regular season which always starts August 6 th . These two days are only for recreational divers, restricting the commercial lobster harvesters to the start of...
Bugfest is a celebration of spiny lobster mini season for divers and in its sixth year for the Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. This year’s events were held at the Plunge Beach Hotel www.plungebeachhotel.com which provided a spectacular backdrop for the festivities. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved since the beginning of Bugfest...
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 82-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a very mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin Mercury Verados) Crew- John Strunk, Chuck Van Buskirk, David Wood and myself. Dive,...