The Florida Saltwater Grand Slam program is managed by the FWC in partnership with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a single day and were created to increase the variety of species targeted by anglers. There are currently four Grand Slam challenges: Panhandle, West Coast, South Florida and East Coast. Though the names of these grand slams are in honor of the fish often caught in those regions, anglers can earn any of the four grand slams regardless of what region they are fishing in. For example, you can get a South Florida grand slam while fishing in north Florida so long as you catch a bonefish, tarpon and permit within a 24 hour period. Successful applicants receive a certificate signed by both the President of the IGFA and the Executive Director of the FWC to recognize their achievement.
Another challenge hosted by the FWC is the Florida State Records program. There are currently 76 species eligible for state records in both conventional tackle and fly fishing categories. Almaco jack and vermilion snapper were both recently added to the list of eligibility and several other species are now being considered.
In addition to the programs mentioned, there are several exciting new programs currently being developed by the FWC. The intention of the new programs is to cultivate a saltwater fishing interest in new anglers as well as expand the activities of those already “hooked” on fishing.
For more information or to apply for a state record or grand slam, contact the FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management by calling 850-487-0554, or visit our website at MyFWC.com. Click on “Fishing.” Entries are free!
red drum, cobia, spotted seatrout
red drum, tarpon, spotted seatrout
bonefish, tarpon, permit
red drum, snook, tarpon
2013-2014 Grand Slam certificate recipients
East Florida Grand Slam
James A. Lawson
West Florida Grand Slam
Thomas N. Boyette
Kenneth G. Williams
Karson A. Morris
Rebecca Bursten caught a 3 lb. 2 oz. vermilion snapper near Panama City.
Bobby Martin caught a 19 lb. yellow jack in Key Largo.
Kenneth Baker caught a 13 lb. 4 oz. gray triggerfish in Pensacola.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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