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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 45 degrees, warming to 71 degrees by 10am with bright sunshine. A mild west wind and 79-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a moderate north current and visibility of over 70 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-Chuck Van...

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

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 66 degrees, warming to 80 degrees by 10am. A gentle southeast wind, 79-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a very mild north current and visibility of 50 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew-Chuck Van Buskirk, Carmine...
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-75 degrees, warmed to 84 degrees, 79-degree water temp with a one-two-foot seas and a south current with 60-foot of visibility. The weather has been nice this week and it was great to dive on another spectacular day. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas)...

Friday, December 1, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-68 degrees, warmed to 80 degrees, with 79-degree water temp with two-three-foot seas, a south current and very nice 60-foot visibility. Vessel & Crew Private Charter- Sea Siren 46’ Newton Dive Charter for Pompano Dive Center pompanodivecenter.com . We were checked in by Manager Tony Ernst and...

Friday, November 24, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 66 degrees, warming to 80 degrees by 10am. 79-degree water temperature with one-foot waves from a variable west wind along with 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, Andrew...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temp-66 degrees, warmed to 82 degrees, with a breeze out of the east. Water Temperature was 78 and visibility was 10 feet with a south current. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Sand Diver (39’ Yellowfin with triple 300hp Yamahas) Crew-Tom Campbell, Chuck Van Buskirk, Marshall Sklar, Carmine Dilorenzo,...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 75 degrees, warming to 87 degrees by 10am. 80-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a mild south current with visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Andrew Rubin, John Strunk, Ken Udell and...
Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 71 degrees, warming to 85 degrees by 10am. 80-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a mild south current with visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Ben Fallon, Joey Baleda and myself. Dive,...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 57 degrees, warming to 77 degrees by 10am. 81-degree water temperature with one-foot waves, a mild south current with visibility of 40 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Andrew Rubin, Carmine Dilorenzo and...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report 8am-outside air temperature - 75 degrees, warming to 87 degrees by 10am. 82-degree water temperature with two-to-three-foot waves, a mild north current with visibility of 30 feet. Vessel & Crew Private vessel- Chiefy (29’ Sea Vee with twin 300 hp Mercury Verados) Crew- Chuck Van Buskirk, Ben Fallon, John Strunk, Chris...