BugFest-By-The-Sea in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (July 25-Aug. 1, 2015) is just around the reef!
Now entering its fourth year, BugFest is a week-long series of fun events, seminars and contests for scuba divers centered around Florida's annual two-day lobster mini-season, July 29 and 30.
Be sure to watch ScubaNation TV on Fox Sun Sports in April for the BugFest-By-The-Sea show!
BugFest is again giving away $15,000 in prizes and dive gear, including $1,000 in cash to the two, three or four person buddy-team that catches the biggest 12 lobsters (by weight) the first day of mini-season during the Great Florida Bug Hunt, BugFest's lobster-hunting competition.
You can catch your lobsters anywhere in Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties. Bugs can be caught off a boat or off the beach. Doesn't matter. As long as they are legal, they can be entered in the contest. All divers participating in the contest must pay the $20 registration fee.
Divers will receive a raffle ticket for every lobster caught. So even if you don't catch the biggest lobster, you could still go home with a new regulator, BC, mask, wet suit or another great prize!
Unlike Monroe County, Florida allows divers outside the Keys to catch 12 lobsters per day per diver. You can also dive for lobsters at night. And unlike the Keys, not only are hotel rates much cheaper, driving home isn't a hassle and neither is grabbing dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Hotels in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida's Beach Diving Capital, is offering scuba divers some great hotel rates that are 10 percent lower than the already lower summer rates. Let's face it: catching lobsters isn't exactly cheap, but why spend all that extra moolah if you don't have to.
One of the benefits of staying in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, by the way, is that you can walk to one of our many great restaurants or pubs once you get back to your hotel room. We're a small community, but we've got all the nice amenities associated with staying in a much larger city.
In addition to the Great Florida Bug Hunt, our other BugFest events include:
|John Chatterton 1-day Wreck Diving Workshop||Saturday, July 25|
|Mini-season kick-off party||Saturday, July 25|
|Bug Hunting seminar with author Jim "Chiefy" Mathie||Saturday, July 25|
|Free Beach Diving Clinic with Gold Coast Scuba and Scuba School||Sunday, July 26|
|Lobster chef competition||Thursday, July 30|
|Beachfront lobster cookout with Lenore Nolan-Ryan||Friday, July 31|
|BugFest Photo Contest (all month)! Winners announced Saturday||Aug. 1|
|Anglin's Pier Clean-Up||Saturday, Aug. 1|
|Stoked on Salt Beach Clean-up and fun stuff for the kids||Saturday, Aug. 1|
|Burgers, Bugs & Lionfish Barbecue (throw your catch on the grill)||Saturday, Aug. 1|