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Now in its fifth year, and with more than 20,000 approved catches, FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory – Saltwater Angler Recognition program is designed to enhance the fishing experience for Florida anglers. Here’s how…

  • Providing rewards and recognition for fishing achievements
  • Encouraging anglers to target a diversity of species, to help decrease fishing pressure on the most sought-after catches.
  • Expanding fishing experience for seasoned anglers.
  • Cultivating an interest in saltwater fishing.
  • Strengthening marine fisheries conservation ethics.
  • Creating another way for FWC to engage with stakeholders.
  • The program includes 3 different ways anglers and their catches can be recognized. The

Saltwater Life list is a challenge to catch 70 different species of saltwater fish listed on their website. There are different levels including the 10, 30, 50, and 70 fish club. Anglers will get certificates and prizes as they reach the different levels.

The Saltwater grand slam challenge is to catch three specified fish species in a 24-hour period. There are nine Grand Slams including a Small Fry Slam for children aged 15 and under.

The Saltwater reel big fish recognizes extraordinarily-sized catches of some 30 different saltwater species. The catch must be photographed over a qualifying measuring device as well as in a photo with the angler who is applying for recognition. See the list and sizes to qualify HERE.

Check out Tristan and his Dad talking about the program. This kids enthusiasm about participating is contagious Catch a Florida Memory with Tristan Hill

FWC encourages responsible angling. Remember to use proper fish handling techniques when fishing and taking photos. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible, and are encouraged to release catches alive. Anglers should follow all applicable regulations when fishing.