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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Monday, March 12, 2018 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 60 degrees, warming to 82 degrees by 10am. A southeast wind, 75-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-Chuck Van Buskirk, Carmine Dilorenzo, Ben...
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-66 degrees, warmed to 86 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, Stephen Norris, Andrew Rubin and myself. Bruce Paul drove the...
Getting another opportunity to dine with your only daughter Jennifer, for a modified Dive, Dock & Dine made tonight very special. On February 3 rd , we brought some lobster tails I had caught the day before to The Rusty Hook Tavern therustyhooktavern.com in Pompano Beach, for co-owner and chef Ned Jaouhar to prepare appetizers and entrees. He...

Friday, February 16, 2018 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-64 degrees, warmed to 80 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, Jack Harari, Andrew Rubin and myself. Bruce Paul and Angie drove...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-75 degrees, warmed to 80 by mid-day. The water temperature is still 73 degrees and we had 30-foot of visibility with a gentle north current. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Carmine Dilorenzo, Peter de Villers, Ken Udell and myself....

Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-72 degrees, warmed to 80 by mid-day. The water temperature is still 73 degrees and we had 40-foot of visibility with a gentle north current. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Stephen Norris, Rebecca Mannen and myself with Bruce Paul...
Tonight, was very special. It’s not too often you get to spend some quality one-on-one time with your only grownup daughter. Our schedules allowed for a Dad/Daughter Date Night this Saturday evening, so we decided to go to the The Rusty Hook Tavern in Pompano Beach. This waterfront restaurant is located at the Sands Hotel and Marina along the...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 70 degrees, warming to 77 degrees by 10am. A southeast wind, 73-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-Tom Campbell, Carmine Dilorenzo and myself. We...