Source: New Pelican |  Published: June 14, 2022 | Author: Jim “Chiefy” Mathie

Catching the Ocean View: It’s a 10-year celebration for Florida’s biggest lobster mini-season dive party

A lobster hangs out under some coral beneath the Atlantic Ocean

Florida Spiny Lobster/Courtesy

If you’re a diver, you have to be part of the festivities when Lauderdale-By-The-Sea promises “Florida’s biggest lobster mini-season dive party.” 

This is the 10th anniversary of BugFest, which is centered around Florida Spiny Lobster Mini-Season, July 27 and 28 of this year. 

Registration begins online June 15 and ends at 6 p.m. on July 26,, and at Gold Coast Scuba in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The cost is $30 which gives participants a 10-year anniversary shirt, goodies and a lobster weigh in and awards and raffles.

William Roughen of Fort Lauderdale caught this 4.9 pound “bug” during BugFest in 2019.

William Roughen/Courtesy

The events this year, according to Debbie Hime, the town’s marketing and special events manager, start July 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the Bug Hunting Seminar, followed by the kickoff party at Plunge Beach Resort, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – with music by Scuba Cowboy, hosted by Scuba Radio & Gold Coast Scuba.

The Great Florida Bug Hunting Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. with the weigh in at 5 p.m. on July 26. The Lobster Chef Competition is 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest Awards and raffle at the Pavilion, 7 to 9 p.m. 

Fort Pierce resident and current USA Female Spearfishing Champion Julie Higgs participates because it’s great to dive with so many “like minded” individuals and it’s a fun event.

Dania Beach resident and Chiefy Crew member Andrew Rubin says “Bugfest has been very good to me.” He has won cash awards and several raffle prizes, including an AquaLung regulator and dive tank.