Congratulations to all of this year's Great Florida Bug Hunt winners!
More than 120 divers in July took part in the bug hunting contests. Three hundred divers, snorkelers and Town business owners overall participated in BugFest dives, seminars and events during the week. The dates for BugFest next year are July 25-30, 2017!
Miami diver Bob Maler and his brother, Jim Maler, of Pembroke Pines, won a total of $1500 in cash, winning four Great Florida Bug Hunt contest categories:
- Biggest 12 bugs by a Buddy Team on mini-season opening day (42.99 lbs).
- The largest lobsters caught off a boat (first and second place).
- Total 2-day aggregate weight for 24 lobsters (87.43 lbs).(Two Swiss Legend Dive Watches).
Tony Longo of Davie didn't catch the biggest lobster, but he went home with the Grand Raffle Prize, a 4-day dive trip with UNEXSO in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, courtesy of Reef Safe sun care products, our main sponsor.
Great Florida Bug Hunt Winners
Bob and Jim Maler
Buddy Team Prize: $1,000
Bob Maler: First Place: Biggest Bug Caught Off a Boat: $400 (9.03 lbs)
Second Place: Jim Maler $100 (7.22 lbs)
Cameron Conner of Fort Lauderdale: Biggest Bug Caught Wednesday On The AquaView 6AM Dive (1.74 lbs) (Hollis dive wrist computer)
Erich O'Conner of Davie: Biggest Bug Caught on the Black Pearl 6AM Dive (2.15 lbs) (Swiss Legend Dive Watch).
Jared Maynard of Melbourne Beach: Biggest Bug Caught on The Midnight Dive Off Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (1.92 LBS) (Hollis Dive Regulator).
Todd Fleming of Boca Raton: Biggest Bug Caught Off the Beach: $400 (2.12 lbs).
Second Place: Matthew Sundstrom of St. Petersburg: $100 (2.10 lbs).
Kelly Schnute of Dania Beach: Biggest Bug Caught By a Woman Diver ($100) (5 lbs).
BUGFEST CHEF COMPETITION
1st Place: Gold Coast Scuba!
2nd Place: Stoked On Salt!
If you have any questions about BugFest, call Steve at 954-640-4209 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
BugFest 2016 Schedule! (255 KB)
Ask to check out late if you do the Copenhagen dive on July 29.