Great Florida Bug Hunt

Date: 27-Jul-2016



During the two-day Florida mini-season spiny 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 on Thursday, July 28 at the BugFest Mini-Season Party & Chef Competition, 6-9PM, at the Beach Pavilion/Connie Hoffmann Ocean Plaza (1 Commercial Blvd.). Please note: You get to keep all the lobsters you catch!

Florida mini-season divers get a raffle ticket for registering and one for each bug they catch and also one for just registering. Even if you don't catch the biggest bug, we will raffle off dive gear, hotel stays, an $800 women's dive watch, gift certificates, jewelry and other cool stuff. The Grand Raffle Prize is a 4-day, 4-night dive trip with UNEXSO in Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

Online registration ends 5PM on Tuesday, July 26.

Registration Fee: $20 Per mini-season diver. You can request a registration fee refund if you stay in a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea hotel!


Great Florida Bug Hunt Categories & Prizes

Buddy Team

  • Biggest 12 Bugs Caught By A Buddy Team on Wednesday. All dive buddies on your team must be individually registered. $1,000!  This year you must  register your Buddy Team in advance (there is no additional cost) by sending an e-mail to The deadline to register is 5PM on July 26th. Again, there is no extra cost to register your buddy team, but each buddy team member must be registered for the Great Florida Bug Hunt.             

Boat Diving

  • Biggest Bug Caught Off A Boat (private or commercial): First Place: $400 Second Place: $100 
  • Biggest Lobster Caught Off Aqua View (SFDH) 6AM Dive - Wrist Dive Computer ($400)     
  • Biggest Lobster Caught Off Black Pearl (SFDH) Wednesday 6AM Dive - Swiss Legend Dive Watch ($250)

Beach Diving

  • Biggest Bug Caught Off The Beach: First Place: $400 Second Place: $100              
  • Biggest Bug Caught On Tuesday Midnight Beach Dive off LBTS. Dive Regulator ($500)

Two Day Bug Total 

  • Total weight for 24 bugs Wednesday & Thursday: Two Swiss Legend Dive Watches ($250)    

 Bug Babe

  • Prettiest Lobster Caught By A Woman Diver $100 (the tiebreaker is the lobster's weight).

Funniest Lobster Selfie

The diver who e-mails us the best "selfie" with a lobster(s) to by midnight on Wednesday, July 27. Think funny!

Winner receives a BugFest 5-year anniversary T-shirt and a prize donated by Reef Safe, the official sun care product for BugFest-By-The-Sea 2016. 



 -- El Prado Park from 4 to 7PM on Wednesday, July 27th.

-- El Prado Park from 2 to 5PM on Thursday, July 28th.

El Prado is a beachfront park located on El Mar Drive, which is just one street east of State Road A1A a half-mile north of Commercial Boulevard. It is directly across from Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Town Hall, 4501 Ocean Drive.  

-- Sands Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach, 9AM to 5PM on Wednesday, July 27th.

-- Sands Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach, 9AM to 5PM on Thursday, July 28th.

Sands Harbor Marina in Pompano Beach is on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway just north of Atlantic Boulevard. 

-- Hillsboro Inlet from 9 to 5PM on Wednesday, July 27th.

-- Hillsboro Inlet from 9 to 5PM on Thursday, July 28th.