Lobsters can be caught off a boat or off the beach anywhere in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties. The winners will be announced Thursday, July 26 at the BugFest Mini-Season Party & Chef Competition, 6-9PM, at the Beach Pavilion/Connie Hoffmann Ocean Plaza (1 Commercial Blvd.). The plaza is adjacent to Aruba's.
Please note: You get to keep all the lobsters you catch!
Florida mini-season divers get a raffle ticket just for registering and one for each bug they catch. Even if you don't bag the biggest bug, we will raffle off dive gear, hotel stays, gift certificates, jewelry and other cool stuff, including regulators, video cameras and tanks.
Online registration ends 5PM on Tuesday, July 24
Registration Fee: $20 Per mini-season diver.
Great Florida Bug Hunt Categories & Prizes
Biggest 12 Bugs Caught Off Broward By A Buddy Team on Wednesday. $500
Biggest 12 Bugs Caught Off Miami-Dade By A Buddy Team on Wednesday. $500
All dive buddies on your team must individually register for the Great Florida Bug Hunt (no additional cost) by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register is 5PM on July 24th. We divided the $1,000 Buddy Team cash prize this year to reflect the fact that the average-size lobsters caught in Miami-Dade tend to bigger than ones bagged in Broward.
Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere Off A Boat (private or commercial): First Place: $400 / Second Place: $100
Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere Off The Beach: First Place: $400 / Second Place: $100
Biggest Bug Caught On Midnight Beach Dive off LBTS: First Place: Sherwood Vision Computer $800
GOLD COAST CHARTER BOAT DIVES
Biggest Bug Caught Wedesday Off The SFDH 6AM Aqua View Dive: Akona Carry-On Roller Bag $100
Biggest Bug Caught Wednesday Off the SFDH 6AM Black Pearl Dive: Dive Tank $200
BIGGEST BUG THURSDAY
Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere On Thursday (Boat or Beach) $250
Biggest Bug Caught By A Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Resident $100
Prettiest Lobster Caught Anywhere By A Female Scuba Diver $100
In case of a tie, the No. 1 tiebreaker will be the lobster's weight.
WEIGH-IN STATIONS & TIMES
El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Sands Harbor Marina, 125 N Riverside Dr, Pompano Beach