FLORIDA — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Catch a Florida Memory program will begin accepting applications for three new saltwater fishing record categories starting Jan. 1.

What You Need To Know

The Florida saltwater fishing records reward anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging them to target a diversity of species.

In addition to All Tackle and Fly-Fishing Weight categories, FWC will add a Youth Weight category for anglers aged 15 and under, and Youth and Adult Length categories to allow for catch-and-release records. 

Species of fish eligible for records in The Youth and Adult Length categories include red drum, bonefish, permit and snook.

To qualify for a Length Record, the fish must be caught on or after Jan. 1, 2024, measure at least 10 inches and be measured using a flat length measuring device with photos showing measurement increments clearly visible.

Once a record is approved, all following records must be at least 0.5 inches greater than the previous record. 

The species eligible for records in the Youth Weight category include blackfin tuna, cobia, dolphinfish, flounder, gray (mangrove) snapper, gray triggerfish, hardhead catfish, red grouper, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, Spotted seatrout and yellowtail snapper.

To qualify for a Youth Weight Record, the fish must be caught on or after Jan. 1, 2024, weigh a minimum of 1 pound and follow the documentation requirements of the Adult Weight category.  

FWC plans to add more species for records in this category in the future.

The following qualifications are also required for a record:

  • A completed application form, available at CatchaFloridaMemory.com/Records, must be submitted with the angler’s signature and a notary stamp.
  • Applications must include digital or print photographs showing the gear used, the angler with their catch, various views of the fish, and required weight or length verification photos.
  • Videos will be accepted for the Youth and Adult Length record categories.
  • Both youth and adult applications must be submitted within three months of the catch date

Anglers who obtain a new approved state record after Jan. 1 will receive a certificate, Catch a Florida Memory decal and a custom fish metal decor courtesy of the Metal Edge.

For a complete list of current categories, rules and eligible species, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com/Records.