Posts from August 2017

Aug 29: Adjusting to the New Hogfish Regulations

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

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 myself.

Dive, Dive, Dive

The BIG change for today was the new State of Florida regulations for Hogfish, starting on September 24th. Previously, the regulations were a minimum size of 12”, measured to the fork, a

Aug 19: Diving South of Port Everglades

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 vessel-Getaway (33’ Hydro-Sport with triple 250hp Yamahas)

Crew-Jack, Andy, Chuck, John and myself-all members of the Chiefy Crew on Jacks boat.

Dive, Dive, Dive

Jack lives in Fort Lauderdale which allows

Aug 18: Okinawa Sinking Party

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 another artificial reef. Hosting the party on this Friday night allowed the public to view the vessel prior to its sinking the next day.

Making the Okinawa memorable and allowing it to serve as an

Aug 8: A Limit of Bugs

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 300hp Yamahas)

Crew-Tom Campbell, Chuck Van Buskirk, Andy Rubin, Shelby Barnes and myself

Dive, Dive, Dive

Spiny lobster season had just started two days ago, so the search was on for the crustaceans. We headed

Aug 6: Opening Day of Spiny Lobster Season

Sunday, August 6, 2017 1:00 PM by Chiefy

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.

Dive, Dive, Dive

Opening Day of Spiny Lobster season is always on August 6 and probably should be declared a State of Florida holiday. It’s the time of year where everyone is looking to grab some “bugs.” We

Aug 2: Dive and Dine with a Mexican Twist

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, myself with John Strunk driving the boat.

Dive, Dive, Dive

We couldn’t pass up the forecast and not go diving today. Flat ocean conditions with warm tropical water and a gentle south current produced 70 plus feet