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, 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...

Saturday, January 20, 2018 2:00 PM by Chiefy

The 28 th Annual Lighthouse Point/Pompano Beach Nautical Flea Market was held on Saturday and Sunday, January 20 th and 21 st at the Pompano Community Park. It never disappoints folks looking for that nautical treasure. Started at Dan Witt Park in Lighthouse Point with just a few vendors, it moved many years ago to it’s present location....

Thursday, January 11, 2018 2:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 71 degrees, warming to 80 degrees by 10am. An east wind, 73-degree water temperature with seas two-three feet, a mild north current and visibility of 30 feet Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-Chuck Van Buskirk, Tom Campbell, Carmine...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Tonight, was one of those “little nuggets” you find being tuned in to the local dive scene, bringing a tremendous amount of valuable information to divers. Force-E Dive Center force-e.com of Pompano Beach located at 1312 North Federal Highway hosted a Roundtable with the Dive Doctors. Dr. Dan Grobman is a primary care sports medicine...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 64 degrees, warming to 72 degrees by 10am. An east wind, 73-degree water temperature with seas two-three feet, a mild south current and visibility of 40 feet. We’ve experienced a cool front the last several days and it appears the water temperature has dropped from its consistent 77 degrees in...

Monday, January 1, 2018 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-57 degrees, warmed to 78 by mid-day. The water temperature is still 77 degrees and we had 50-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, Peter de Villers and myself. Dive, Dive,...

Friday, December 29, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-62 degrees, warmed to 82 by mid-day. The water temp is still 77 degrees, combined with light winds, a south current and 70’ plus visibility, December continues to be awesome for diving this year. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom...

Saturday, December 23, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-64 degrees, warmed to 80 by mid-day. The water temperature has been a consistent 77 degrees with a south current and 60-foot of visibility. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Richard Rice, Peter de Villers and Chris de Villers, Susie...

Friday, December 22, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 63 degrees, warming to 82 degrees by 10am. A gentle southeast wind, 77-degree water temperature with flat seas, a very mild north current and visibility of 50 feet. The diving conditions continue to be nothing short of spectacular over the last few weeks. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-66 degrees, warmed to 81 by mid-day. The water temp has been a consistent 77 degrees for the past two weeks. Combined with light winds, a south current and 70’ plus visibility, it made for an outstanding diving and boating day off Fort Lauderdale. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’...