Author: Chiefy

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chiefyJim ''Chiefy'' Mathie is a locally-known lobster slayer for more than 25 years and author of ''Catching the Bug, The Comprehensive Guide to Catching the Florida Spiny Lobster.'' Chiefy has been written about in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper and featured on the Paul and Young Ron Morning Radio Show for his expertise in lobster hunting. Jim was given his "Chiefy" nickname by his dive buddies while spear fishing off South Florida in 2004 after he encountered and survived a shark frenzy witnessed by his friends. Later that evening, for entertainment, they watched ''Jaws.'' During the movie, boat captain Robert Shaw, who later gets eaten by the Great White, nicknames Police Chief Roy Scheider "Chiefy." It is Chiefy who ends up killing the shark. At the time, Jim was a fire chief, so a new Chiefy legend began. Retiring after 30 years of service, his newly-acquired 29-foot SeaVee was documented with the Chiefy name. All Chiefy crew members were given hats and additional attire. CHIEFY, LLC was formed and a complete line of CHIEFY apparel, equipment and publications are now available to the dive and marine industry. The website chiefy.net was established to showcase numerous Chiefy adventures, keeping the legend alive!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 78 degrees, warming to 88 degrees by 10am. 84-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a mild north current but changed to a south current toward the end of the day with visibility of 30 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 80 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 84-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Kyle Van Buskirk, Fin Barnes and myself....
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 80 degrees, warming to 92 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a moderate south current and visibility of 50 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Tom Campbell, Shelby Barras and myself....

Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with flat ocean conditions, a very mild south current and visibility of 50 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Andrew Rubin, Ken Udell, John Strunk and myself....

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a very mild north current and visibility of 30 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Andrew Rubin, John Strunk and myself. Dive, Dive, Dive...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-84 degrees, warmed to 92 degrees, with a gentle breeze out of the west. Very flat ocean conditions with barely a ripple on the water. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Chuck Van Buskirk, Reagan Van Buskirk, Wyatt Van Buskirk and...

Monday, September 18, 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 flat ocean conditions, a very mild north current and visibility of less than ten feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, and myself. Dive, Dive,...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report Boarded the boat at 8:30am at Marina One in Deerfield Beach with an outside air temp of 76 degrees. The outside air warmed to 88 degrees by mid-morning with the water temp of 81 degrees. We encountered a moderate north current and visibility less than ten feet. Special Note-This was the first post Hurricane Irma dive with a drop...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 82 degrees, warming to 93 degrees by 10am. 86-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a strong south current initially but then slowed to almost nothing with a visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin Mercury Verados) Crew- Francisco Loffredi,...
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...