Posts from May 2017

May 26: King of the Reef with a Kingfish

Friday, May 26, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temp-68 degrees, warmed to 86 by mid-day. The water temp has been a consistent 77 degrees for the past two months, however, today we had 79-degree water temp. Combined with light winds, a south current and 70’ plus visibility, it made for an outstanding diving and boating day off Fort Lauderdale. The start of above 80-degree summer water temp is almost here.

Vessel & Crew

Private vessel-Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas)

Crew-Tom Campbell, Peter de Villers, Lance Van Schaik, John Strunk, and

May 21: Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo

Sunday, May 21, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

The team of Frick & Frack, with Captain Jimmy David, won the tournament for a record setting fourth year of the 52nd Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo. The conditions were bumpy for the 21 boats because of a strong easterly breeze, but the fishing was hot!

The fishing rodeo is a not-for-profit corporation, so 100% of the 2017 entry fees are paid back in prize money and additional sponsorship money is given back to supporting Shipwreck Park and the Pompano Beach Firefighters Benevolent Association. There were festivities throughout the weekend

May 20: Lionfish Removal Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

As divers spend time underwater this past decade, they’ve noticed an increase in lionfish inhabiting our reefs. This invasive species is known for its tremendous appetite and ability to reproduce unchecked as there is no known predator for this attractive looking fish.

The Florida Wildlife Commission (myfwc.com) sponsors an annual Lionfish Removal Day throughout the state to encourage the harvesting of lionfish. This year, May 20th had been dedicated to the “Eat ‘em to Beat ‘em” campaign. The best part of the lionfish is their taste; a pure

May 11: Dive & Dine

Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

The fourth in the series of Dive & Dine for the Chiefy crew ranked at the top of our list so far. Crew members Andrew Rubin, John Strunk, Kamal Peters, Joey Baleda, Tom Campbell, Carmine Dilorenzo and myself were treated like royalty at the Pompano Dive Center. We were checked in by manager Tony Ernst and directed to the Sea Dog Diver with Captain Will Mainord and Dive Master Jimmy Gadomski. This 36’ Newton dive boat was all ours as we left the dock at 8:30am for the short ride to the Hillsboro Inlet.

Kamal and Joey jumped in on a deep wreck of

May 9: The Ocean was Flat as a Lake

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temp-68 degrees, warmed to 84 by mid-day. Not a cloud in the sky and low humidity. The humidity has been comfortable the last few weeks and combined with the sunshine, it’s been great diving and boating weather.

77-degree water temp with calm conditions, a south current and 70’ plus visibility. A perfect boating day! When you see Stand Up Paddle boarders in the ocean outside the Inlet, you know it’s going to be a perfect day for diving and boating. The ocean was flat as a lake and this was another day in

May 3: Add Lionfish to the Menu

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temperature - 68 degrees, warming to 84 degrees by 10am. With low humidity and a mild east wind, this was a great diving and boating day in South Florida. 77-degree water temperature with 1-2 foot waves and a very mild north current with visibility of 40 feet.

Vessel & Crew

Private vessel-Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with 300 hp twin Mercury Verados)

Crew-Andrew Rubin, John Strunk, Cameron Dale Conner and myself with Bruce Paul driving.

Dive, Dive, Dive

We headed south toward the Hillsboro Inlet and fueled up at the