Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest Categories 2022

7-26-22 Update:
Competition is postponed for the Wednesday 12:01 AM beach dive until Thursday at 12:01 AM

Due to current beach and sea conditions, the Tuesday’s Midnight Dive at El Prado has been postponed until Wednesday morning/midnight. Divers check in at the Weigh In Station before going in the water. The Shearwater Peregrine dive computer will be awarded after the dive cut off time ends at 2AM Thursday.

To participate in the Great Florida Bug Hunt, you must register online before 6 PM July 26.
Need help? Walk into Gold Coast Scuba and Force-E Scuba Centers for more info.

Or you may register BEFORE boarding dive boats at South Florida Diving Headquarters (Pompano @ Sands Harbor Marina & Boynton) and Dixie Divers (Deerfield Beach).
The cost is $30.

All registered divers receive a BugFest Goody Bag which includes 1 raffle ticket to automatically have a chance to win great prizes at the Diver Awards Party Wednesday (must be present to win, while supplies last)
Then, registered divers receive a raffle ticket for each lobster (up to 12) they catch and are weighed on Wednesday.

This year’s raffle prizes growing every day! We are up to almost $25k in dive gear, dive boat trips, hotel stays and other prizes!

We will have different colored raffle tickets at each weigh in location, so all locations’ divers have a chance to win.

Each registered diver must be present at the Diver Awards party to win raffle prizes. Tickets are not transferable to another registered dive, so max tickets per registered diver will be based on the number of lobsters you weighed in. registration ticket + 12 max lobsters that day)

— Categories —

– Cash Prizes –

Boat Diving

Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere Off A Boat On Wednesday (private or commercial)
First Place: $500 / Second Place: $250 Third Place: $150

Beach Diving

Biggest Bug Caught Anywhere Off The Beach On Wednesday
First Place: $500 / Second Place: $250 Third Place: $150

Biggest Lobster Weighed at Midnite Weigh in at El Prado Park wins a Peregrine Dive Computer ($500 Value) from Gold Coast Scuba

Town Resident

Biggest Bug Caught By A Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Resident – $100
Biggest Bug Caught By a Female Diver on Wednesday – $100

Plus Loads of Dive Gear Prizes & Other Raffle Prizes

Grand Prize Raffle Drawing

One night stay and two days of divingat Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center in the Bahamas

Weigh-In Stations & Times

El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Wednesday 12:20 – 2AM
Wednesday 1PM-5PM

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

Prizes and awards subject to change without notice.