Great Florida Bug Hunt

Date: 26-Jul-2017


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 27 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 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. The Grand Raffle Prize is a 3-day, 2-night dive trip with Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center in the Bahamas! 

Online registration ends 5PM on Tuesday, July 25.

Registration Fee: $20 Per mini-season diver. We will waive the fee 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 25th. 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 - Sherwood Profile Module Dive Computer ($340)     
  • Biggest Lobster Caught Off Black Pearl (SFDH) Wednesday 6AM Dive - Sherwood Insight Module Dive Computer ($375)         

Beach Diving

  • Biggest Bug Caught Off The Beach: First Place: $400 Second Place: $100              
  • Biggest Bug Caught On Tuesday Midnight Beach Dive off LBTS. Sherwood Maximus Regulator ($600)

Biggest Bug Caught Thursday 

  • $250 for the biggest bug bagged on the final day of mini-season.     

 Bug Babe

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



 -- El Prado Park from 4 to 7PM on Wednesday, July 26th.

-- El Prado Park from 2 to 5PM on Thursday, July 27th.

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 just north of Atlantic Boulevard.