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“Big Catch” Angler Recognition Program

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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 proudly display their prowess. In addition, anglers who release their fish get special recognition. 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 at least 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 and a “Big Catch” form completed.

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Qualifying Sizes

Total Length

Total Weight

Species

Adult

Youth

Adult

Youth

Largemouth Bass

24″

18″

8.00

6.00

Suwannee Shoal, or Spotted Bass

16″

12″

2.00

1.50

Striped Bass

30″

22″

12.00

9.00

Sunshine Bass

24″

18″

7.00

5.25

White Bass

15″

11″

2.50

1.75

Black Crappie

14″

10″

2.00

1.50

Bluegill

11″

8″

1.25

0.75

Redbreast Sunfish

10″

7″

0.75

0.50

Redear Sunfish

12″

9″

2.25

1.50

Warmouth

10″

7″

0.75

0.50

Spotted Sunfish

8″

6″

0.50

0.40

Flier

9″

6″

0.75

0.50

Channel Catfish

31″

23″

15.00

11.25

Flathead Catfish

36″

27″

25.00

18.75

White Catfish

22″

16″

5.00

3.75

Blue Catfish

34″

25″

20.00

15.00

Brown Bullhead

16″

12″

2.00

1.50

Yellow Bullhead

14″

10″

1.50

1.00

Longnose Gar

50″

37″

20.00

15.00

Florida/Spotted Gar

28″

21″

5.00

3.75

Chain Pickerel

27″

20″

4.00

3.00

Redfin Pickerel

12″

9″

0.63

0.50

Common Carp

30″

22″

20.00

15.00

Butterfly Peacock Bass

18″

13″

5.00

3.75

Oscar

11″

8″

1.25

0.75

Blue Tilapia

18″

13″

5.00

3.75

Bowfin

30″

22″

10.00

7.50

 

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