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. 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. Send us your feedback on new grand slams and state records by taking a short survey on our website. Your opinions could lead to the development of an exciting new fishing challenge!
Take the survey at MyFWC.com/Surveys.
West Coast Grand Slam
Mark R. King
Rodney L. Fletcher
East Coast Grand Slam
Rebecca Bursten caught a
2 lb. 2 oz. vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens)
on 7/2/11 near Panama City.
Grand slam certificate recipients
red drum, cobia, spotted seatrout
red drum, tarpon, spotted seatrout
bonefish, tarpon, permit
red drum, snook, tarpon
Grand slam certificates are awarded based on the species caught, not the catch location. 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!
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.