Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest Categories 2019

To participate in the Great Florida Bug Hunt, you must register beforehand. The cost is $20. All divers receive a BugFest Goody Bag, which includes a BugFest T-shirt, a DAN ‘Check Your Air’ lobster gauge and safety info, Dive Training Magazine and more. Divers receive a raffle ticket for each lobster they weigh in during the contest. The raffle prizes include an Aqua Lung regulator, dive tanks, dive boat trips and hotel stays.

You can register at Gold Coast Scuba in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, or at South Florida Diving Headquarters (SFDH) at the Sands Marina in Pompano. You can also register online with a credit card by PayPal at By registering online, you agree to all the terms in the Town’s BugFest Liability Waiver.

Call Lobster-In-Chief Steve d’Oliveira with questions at 954-640-4209, or e-mail him at

Buddy Team

Biggest 12 Bugs Caught Off Broward By A Buddy Team on Wednesday. $500

Biggest 12 Bugs Caught Off Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties 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 The deadline to register is 5PM on July 23rd. 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 be bigger than ones bagged in Broward. We also added Palm Beach, since we only had one entry out of Miami-Dade in 2018.

Boat Diving

Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere Off A Boat (private or commercial): First Place: $400 / Second Place: $100

Beach Diving

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 Oasis Regulator $420

Gold Coast Charter Boat Dives

Biggest Bug Caught Wedesday Off the SFDH 6AM Aqua View Dive: Sherwood Wrist Profile Computer $350

Biggest Bug Caught Wednesday Off the SFDH 6AM Black Pearl Dive: New Dive Tank $200

Biggest Bug Thursday

Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere On Thursday (Boat or Beach) $250

Town Resident

Biggest Bug Caught By A Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Resident $100

Prettiest Lobster

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
Wednesday (4PM-7PM) / Thursday (2PM-6PM)

Sands Harbor Marina, 125 N Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach
Wednesday (10AM-5PM) / Thursday (10AM-5PM)