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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Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp - 75 degrees, warmed to 81 by mid-day. We had 77-degree water temp. Combined with southeast winds, a north current and 30-feet of visibility, the dives were centered around Fort Lauderdale. We left the dock in Lighthouse Point and proceeded south, out of the Hillsboro Inlet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel-...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp - 79 degrees, warmed to 84 by mid-day. We had 77-degree water temperature and a 10-mph east-southeast wind with a north current and 30’ visibility. Our dives were all off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell,...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature – 77 degrees, warming to 84 degrees by 10am. An east wind, 77-degree water temperature with one-to-two-foot seas, a mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-Ken Udell, Chuck Van Buskirk, John...

Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 69 degrees, warming to 86 degrees by 10am. A very light west-northwest wind, 77-degree water temperature with one-foot seas, a mild north current and visibility of 100 feet, but you can’t see the bottom in Bluewater hunting. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin...

Monday, April 16, 2018 1:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 64 degrees, warming to 80 degrees by 10am. A 12 mph west-northwest wind, 77-degree water temperature with one-foot seas, a mild north current and visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-Ken Udell, Carmine Dilorenzo, Mike...
This weekend was filled with vendors, seminars, workshops and exhibits at the 11 th annual Ocean Adventure Expo called The Blue Wild. Held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, this event did not disappoint anyone who attended. There were over 150 vendors displaying marine art, photography, dive equipment, spearguns and even...

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Above Water Report 8am-outside air temp-73 degrees warmed to 81 by mid-day. The wind was 12 knots out of the east making the seas 2-3 feet. Vessel & Crew Charter Fishing Vessel- BOLO- The original BOLO is a legend. A teak and mahogany, fully customized 42′ Whiticar sportfishing charter boat docked at the Two George’s at the Cove...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-69 degrees warmed to 82 by mid-day. The water temperature is 75 degrees and we had 40-foot of visibility with a gentle south current. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Carmine Dilorenzo, Ken Udell and myself. Bruce Paul drove the...
Above Water Report 8am-outside air temperature - 73 degrees, warming to 82 degrees by noon and a pleasant 80 degrees at 6:30pm during the wedding ceremony. No rain and a pleasant breeze from the east at 10 mph with the setting sun providing a gorgeous backdrop for the event. Wedding Party Private Party-Observation Deck at the International Fishing...

Sunday, March 25, 2018 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-62 degrees, warmed to 80 degrees, mainly sunny with scattered clouds and a mild easterly wind. For the entire day, it remained sunny and pleasant.   75-degree water temp with seas of one-two feet and a gentle south current with the 50-foot visibility and excellent conditions. Vessel & Crew Private...