Posts from July 2017

July 27: Mini Season Day 2

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 stirs up the fish in the area.

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 84-degree water temperature with one-to-two-foot waves, a very mild north current and

July 26: Mini Season Day 1

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 6th. These two days are only for recreational divers, restricting the commercial lobster harvesters to the start of regular season. Traps can be placed in the water on August 1st, so the entire ocean of spiny lobsters are here for the taking by recreational divers.

Another advantage of being a recreational diver in the Greater Fort

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 and have witnessed it become a premier dive event.

My free seminar started the Bugfest event and was held in the main lobby of the hotel at 6pm. The seminar was geared for lobster hunters, new and old, and followed

July 20: Scouting for Spiny Lobster - Mini Season

Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:00 PM by Chiefy

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, Dive, Dive

Today was a spearfishing and scouting mission in preparation of spiny lobster mini season at the end of the month. This combination of scouting and spearfishing allows us to look for spiny lobster to

July 11: The Old Guys versus the Youngsters

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 90 degrees by 10am. With a gentle east wind, this was a great diving and boating day in South Florida. 80-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-Chuck Van Buskirk, Joey Baleda, Ben Fallon and myself.

Dive, Dive, Dive

In our effort to always look for new and exciting ways to enjoy diving, Chuck and I dove together (The Old Guys),