Saltwater Angler Recognition Program
Florida Saltwater Fishing
Catch a Florida Memory –
Saltwater Angler Recognition
Catch a Florida Memory when you participate in one of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs. These programs entice anglers to get involved and learn more about Florida’s diverse marine resources while adding to an exciting day out on the water.
Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs reward anglers for their fishing efforts, cultivate saltwater fishing interest in new anglers, enhance the experience for seasoned veterans already hooked on fishing, and support marine resource conservation. They also encourage anglers to target more than one species during fishing trips, thereby decreasing fishing pressure on any given species.
FWC recently unveiled two new Saltwater Angler Recognition programs, the Saltwater Fish Life List and Saltwater Reel Big Fish, plus extra recognition tiers for completing multiple Saltwater Grand Slams. With all these new opportunities to Catch a Florida Memory, there’s something for every angler to enjoy in Florida. Learn more and submit catches at CatchaFloridaMemory.com.
Saltwater Grand Slams
An FWC Grand Slam is catching three specified fish species in a 24-hour period. Grand Slams increase the diversity of fish species targeted on fishing trips and recognize anglers for their achievements. Successful anglers will not only be awarded a certificate, letter and t-shirt, but will also receive recognition for every three or more different Grand Slams submitted and will win a Grand Prize if all eligible slams are caught.
9 Grand Slam Categories:
- Inshore Grand Slam – red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder
- Florida Grand Slam – permit, tarpon, bonefish
- Family Grand Slam – any three fish in the same scientific family (i.e. three snapper species)
- Shoreline Grand Slam – sheepshead, kingfish (whiting), Florida pompano
- Bay & Estuary Grand Slam – mangrove (gray) snapper, snook, Spanish mackerel
- Nearshore Grand Slam – cobia, tripletail, king mackerel
- Reefs & Rubble Grand Slam – black sea bass, gag, gray triggerfish
- Blue Water Grand Slam – dolphinfish, sailfish, wahoo
- Small Fry Grand Slam – pinfish, catfish, grunt (only for ages 15 and under)
- 3 different Grand Slams
- 6 different Grand Slams
- All eligible Grand Slams – Grand Slam Master Angler
Saltwater Grand Slam Club Recipients
Tier 1 Recognition Club – 3 different Grand Slams:
Steven C. Seagraves (Inshore, Family, Bay & Estuary)
Family Grand Slam:
Bonnie Hawksley (2)
Peyton Thomas Peterson
Inshore Grand Slam:
Candace B. Hill
Catherine Longmire (3)
Justin R. Duncklee
Mark Dennis Pritchard
Florida Grand Slam:
Small Fry Grand Slam:
Katerina P Gerlak
Saltwater Fish Life List
Similar to a birding life list, the new Saltwater Fish Life List allows anglers to track their progress at catching 71 particular species of saltwater fish. Anglers will be recognized for their achievements as they reach four levels based upon the number of different fish caught.
- 10 Fish Club
- 30 Fish Club
- 50 Fish Club
- 71 Fish Club – Life List Master Angler
Saltwater Reel Big Fish
This size-based program rewards anglers who catch a memorable-sized saltwater fish in 30 different species categories. To qualify, fish must be legally caught and meet or exceed a minimum qualifying length. A photo of the fish on a measuring device must be submitted, in addition to a photo of the angler with the fish. Successful anglers will not only receive a certificate, letter and t-shirt, but will also receive recognition for reaching four levels based upon the total number of different species entered into the program.
- 5 different species
- 10 different species
- 15 different species
- All 30 different species – Reel Big Master Angler
Saltwater Reel Big Fish Club Recipients
Maya Isabella Itzkovitz
Dana Fawn Griffith Hood
Jeremy M Summers
Kevin Burkhead Jr
William S Davidson Jr.
Capt. Ken Lai
Stephen Stubbs (2)
Steven C. Seagraves
Michael (Soloyaker) Taylor
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records
State all-tackle records for the heaviest fishes caught in Florida waters are maintained for 76 marine species in both conventional tackle and fly fishing categories. Successful anglers will receive a certificate for their achievement, not to mention bragging rights. Catches must be made according to FWC and IGFA angling rules.
Allison M. Stattner
Eric J Gerlak
William S Davidson Jr
- The angler being recognized must catch all submitted fish.
- Anglers must follow Florida saltwater recreational fishing regulations.
- Fish do not have to be harvested and we encourage catch-and-release fishing.
- Anglers must submit photographs of themselves with each fish.
- Use proper fish handling techniques to minimize stress on fish. Learn more at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational” and “Fish Handling.”
Contributions from our generous partners help provide recognition and prizes for program participants. We gratefully acknowledge our partners: Smith’s Consumer Products, Tony Ivory Art and Apparel, Warbird Fishing Gear and Ocean Waves Sunglasses. To become a partner, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com/Partners or contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com.
Connect with Us
For more information on FWC’s Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and to submit catches, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Like and follow us on Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory to view angler photos and get updates on the latest submissions. View fishing how-to videos and more on our FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube channel @MyFWC.com/Saltwaterfishing.