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Big Catch

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Big Catch Minimum Lengths & Weights

Minimum Length (in)

Minimum Weight (lbs)

Species

Adult

Youth

Adult

Youth

Largemouth Bass

24

18

8.00

6.00

Shoal or Spotted Bass *

16

12

2.00

1.50

Suwannee Bass

14

11

1.50

1.00

Striped Bass

30

22

12.00

9.00

Sunshine Bass

20

15

5.00

3.50

White Bass

15

11

2.50

1.75

Black Crappie

14

10

2.00

1.50

Bluegill

10

8

1.00

0.75

Redbreast Sunfish

9

7

0.50

0.40

Redear Sunfish

11

8

1.25

1.00

Warmouth

9

7

0.50

0.40

Spotted Sunfish

7

5

0.50

0.40

Flier

8

6

0.50

0.40

Yellow Perch *

12

9

0.75

0.50

Channel Catfish

25

19

12.00

9.00

Flathead Catfish

36

27

25.00

18.75

White Catfish

22

16

5.00

3.75

Blue Catfish

36

27

25.00

18.75

Brown Bullhead

16

12

2.00

1.50

Yellow Bullhead

14

10

1.50

1.00

Longnose Gar

40

30

15.00

11.00

Florida/Spotted Gar

28

21

4.00

3.00

Chain Pickerel

22

17

3.00

2.25

Common Carp

30

22

20.00

15.00

Butterfly Peacock Bass

18

13

4.00

3.00

Oscar

11

8

1.25

0.75

Mayan Cichlid *

11

8

1.00

0.75

Blue Tilapia

18

13

5.00

3.75

Jaguar Guapote *

13

10

1.50

1.00

Bowfin

28

21

8.00

6.00

American Shad

18

13

3.00

2.25

*New Species

The “Big Catch” Angler Recognition Program rewards anglers who catch a memorable-sized fish. Qualifying anglers receive a colorful citation showing the type fish they caught and a window sticker to display their prowess. Anglers who release their fish get special recognition on their citation. An angler catching five “Big” fish of the same species will be recognized as a “Specialist,” fish of five different species qualifies as a “Master Angler,” and 10 different species as an “Elite Angler.” A special youth citation and pin is given to an angler under age 16 for catching a fish that is 75 percent of the qualifying size (see table above for specific sizes). Total length is maximum length in inches; weights are in pounds. Participants are encouraged to submit photographs. To qualify, the fish must be legally caught and exceed the minimum qualifying length or weight. The catch must be witnessed by another individual or photographed and a “Big Catch” form submitted.

New for 2012, “Big Catch” minimum sizes have been adjusted based on five years of FWC sampling data to better reflect species sizes documented in the field. Also new are several challenging “Slam” certificates: “Bass Slam” (for catching a largemouth bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, and Suwannee bass within one year); “Bream Slam” (for catching any four of bluegill, redear sunfish, spotted sunfish, warmouth, redbreast sunfish, or flier in one day), and a unique south Florida “Exotic Slam” (for catching a butterfly peacock, Mayan cichlid, and oscar in one day). See MyFWC.com/BigCatch for details.

Trophy-Catch-Logo.psdFinally, coming in October is FWC’s prestigious TrophyCatch program, which will recognize anglers for catching and releasing Florida largemouth bass larger than eight pounds. The purpose of the program is to document Florida trophy largemouth bass catches, and to promote catch-and-release of these exceptional fish. Size tiers will include 8.0-9.9 pound (“Lunker Club”), 10.0-12.9 pound (“Trophy Club”), and greater than 13.0 pound (“Hall of Fame Club”), with correspondingly valuable prizes. See TrophyCatchFlorida.com for more information.

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