Join ScubaRadio at Bugest By The Sea July 24-26!

Maler family winners
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea resident Francisco Rizzo, and his dad, Frank, caught this 5.6lbs lobster in 12 feet of water off the Town's beach. It was the biggest bug bagged in the 2017 Great Florida Bug Hunt!  

Catch up to 12 lobsters per day at BugFest!

Schyler Cox covered BugFest for Scuba Diver Magazine.


The Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea celebrates Florida's lobster mini-season with BugFest, our annual bug hunting dive festival!

Sponsored by Reef Safe Sun, this year's event is July 24-29, 2018and features a concert on Saturday, July 28 that benefits Diveheart , a non-profit that teaches adults and children with disabilities how to scuba dive.

Unlike the Florida Keys, there's lots to do in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea besides hunting lobsters during mini-season. We have great beachfront hotels at low summer rates, fun public plazas with kids games, quaint shops and pubs — all just a short stroll from your town hotel.

Mini-season divers can also bag up to 12 bug per day outside Monroe County! You can confirm that by checking the latest Florida Fish & Wildlife lobster mini-season regulations.

During BugFest we are giving away $20,000 in cash, dive gear prizes, hotel stays and trips, which includes the great trips you could win by supporting  the great work Diveheart does by buying a raffle ticket. Divers who enter the Great Florida Bug Hunt receive a raffle ticket for every lobster they catch! You may not bag the biggest bug, but you could still go home with a  super prize.

Online registration for the Great Florida Bug Hunt is open. Please note: Even though you must check the PayPal option to get to the payment page, you can still pay by credit card. The contest fee is $20. Divers receive a free BugFest Goody Bag and BugFest T-shirt.

This year's BugFest event includes:

– The Great Florida Bug Hunt (July 25 & 26). You can win a regulator, dive tank or other great prizes, even if you don't catch any bugs!

– A free lobster hunting seminar at 6PM on Tuesday, July 24 at Plunge Beach Hotel. The 1-hour seminar is taught by author and lobster hunting expert Jim “Chiefy” Mathie, a retired Deerfield Beach firefighter. Chiefy will be giving away five of his books on lobster hunting!

– A Mini-Season Kickoff Party at Plunge's beachside pool and bar at 7PM on Tuesday, July 24. Meet the ScubaRadio mermaids and enjoy a free Miami Pale Ale beer, courtesy of Gold Coast Scuba, while listening to trop rock music provided by the Scuba Cowboy!

– BugFest Mini-Season Awards Party and Lobster Chef Contest starting at 6PM on Thursday, July 26th. The event will feature the Scuba Cowboy  and some amazing lobster balloon creations. The chef competition starts at 6PM. We start giving out the dive awards at 7:30PM.

– A wreck diving workshop on Saturday, July 28 with wreck diving legend John Chatterton (Shadow Divers and Pirate Hunters). This includes two wreck dives on Sunday, July 29th.

– A concert to benefit Diveheart starting at 6:30PM on Saturday, July 28 in Anglin's Square.

– If you have questions about Florida's lobster mini-season or BugFest, call Steve at 954-640-4209 or e-mail him at

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