The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) strives to cultivate interest in the art of fishing and expand the experience for seasoned veterans by providing fun and exciting recreational fishing programs. To continue our efforts, FWC is excited to introduce new challenges this year including the Florida Fishing Saltwater Life List, the Reel Big Fish program and the updated and improved Grand Slam Club!
The new Florida Fishing Saltwater Life List will allow anglers a chance to document their ability to catch a variety of species while encouraging anglers to step out of their routine and try fishing for something new. The Life List, similar to a birding life list, includes some of Florida’s favorite species, from red drum to king mackerel. Anglers can record their catch on an easy-to-use water-resistant checklist that includes spaces to mark the date the fish was caught, the location and the size of the fish.
The Reel Big Fish program rewards anglers who catch memorable-sized saltwater fish such as a 35 pound red drum or a 10 pound gray triggerfish and provides them with the means to memorialize that catch for years to come. The program will have minimum qualifying lengths for 30 species in both junior and adult categories.
And finally, we’ve updated and improved Florida’s Saltwater Grand Slam program, which encourages and rewards anglers for catching three different species in one day. Anglers can look forward to a variety of newly renamed and revamped slams including the Inshore Grand Slam of red drum, seatrout and flounder; and the Blue Water Slam with dolphin, sailfish and wahoo. Try your hand at any of the eight slams plus a Small Fry Slam for children 15 and under.
All of the programs will recognize anglers for their achievements with a certificate and recognition prizes for different levels reached.
These programs will help you keep inventory of the fish you have caught, while encouraging anglers to target multiple species during fishing trips, decreasing fishing pressure on the most commonly sought after species. Remember proper catch-and-release techniques when out on the water. For more information on catch-and-release fishing and proper fish handling techniques please visit us at MyFWC.com/Fishing.
Regulations in red are new this year.
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