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, 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,...
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...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 3:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-68 degrees, warmed to 86 by mid-day. The water temp has been a consistent 79 degrees for the past two weeks, however, today we had 81-degree water temp. Combined with light winds, a south current and 100’ plus visibility, it made for an outstanding diving and boating day off Fort Lauderdale. The start of...

Saturday, June 17, 2017 5:00 PM by Chiefy

The current record of 182 divers for the Longest Underwater Human Chain was held in Koh Tao, Thailand. However, it was shattered Saturday June 17 th in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Formed in a semi-circle, around the eastern end of the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier, 241 divers holding on to a rope, brought the record to the United States....

Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:00 PM 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 of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Commercial Dive Charter- Lady Go Diver -46’ Newton...

Monday, June 12, 2017 5:00 PM 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 Deerfield Beach. The start of...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 5:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-75 degrees, warmed to 88 by mid-day. We had 79-degree water temp. Combined with southwest winds, a south current and 60’ plus visibility, the dives were centered around Fort Lauderdale. We left the dock at Lighthouse Point and proceeded south, out of the Hillsboro Inlet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel-...
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...