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These requirements and additional information about the FWC's TrophyCatch program are available in the TrophyCatch Brochure.Adobe PDF

Registration:

Register icon  To participate in TrophyCatch anglers must register* online at TrophyCatchFlorida.com;External Website or by printing and completing a paper form application Adobe PDF available from the website and submitting it to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, TrophyCatch, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600. Once registered in the program the angler will be able to obtain a wallet-size registration card with the TrophyCatch hotline phone number, website address and other pertinent contact and certification information.

 

*If not registered prior to catching a qualifying fish the angler must do so before submitting an entry into the TrophyCatch program. However, this may be completed after the fish is caught, measured, photographed, and released.

 

Submitting a fish:

Check mark icon  To enter a club level fish (see below), anglers must submit a TrophyCatch certification application including required documentation for each club level. Anglers may also print and submit a paper form submission Adobe PDF available from the website and submitting it to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, TrophyCatch, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600.
   
Check mark icon  TrophyCatch certification applications that are incomplete or fail to provide full documentation of club level requirements will result in disqualification.
   
Check mark icon  To have a Hall of Fame Club (13 pounds or greater) largemouth bass certified, the angler must contact the TrophyCatch coordinator by calling or texting toll free:  1-855 FL TROPHY (855-358-7674).
  Note:  The TrophyCatch coordinator should only be contacted for certification of largemouth bass 13 pounds or greater in weight.
   
Check mark icon  Anglers must sign an affidavit on the TrophyCatch certification application verifying the fish was caught legally in Florida waters, the fish was not tampered with in any way to increase weight or length, and the fish was released alive. Anglers may be subject to a lie detector test prior to receiving prizes.

 

Requirements:

Lunker Club (8-9.99 pound) and Trophy Club (10-12.99 pound) largemouth bass will be accepted year-round and will require photographic documentation for certification. Hall of Fame Club fish (13 pounds and greater) will be accepted between Oct. 1 and April 30. Bass 13 pounds and greater caught outside of the Hall of Fame season (May through September) will be accepted into and receive incentives for Trophy Club level fish.

 

Fishing license icon For anglers to submit a qualifying TrophyCatch largemouth bass, they must have a valid Florida freshwater fishing license or be exempt under provisions addressed in Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations and be registered into the TrophyCatch program.
   
DNA symbol icon Anglers who register may pick up a genetics sampling kit at any TrophyCatch weigh station (see map below, and please call ahead to verify kit availability). Anglers are not required but are encouraged to take a fin-clip of their Lunker or Trophy Club fish. Since catch-and-release of trophy largemouth bass is an important component of the TrophyCatch program, genetic information will inform FWC biologists if a fish has been caught and released multiple times.
   
Rod and reel icon All fish entered into TrophyCatch must be caught legally in Florida waters using an active hook-and-line method (bush hooks, snatch hooks, set lines, trotlines are excluded as a method to take largemouth bass), and documented following club level guidelines (below).
   
Released bass icon Bass must be released live on the same waterbody where caught.
   
 Camera icon Anglers submitting a Lunker or Trophy Club fish must submit high resolution photographs (good overall clarity, 3 megapixel camera or above recommended), with one photograph of the whole fish on a spring or digital scale with the weight clearly visible, and one of the whole fish on a measuring board with the length clearly visible (see example below). Anglers are encouraged to submit two to three additional photographs of the fish: close-up on scale, being released, and/or of themselves or a friend with their catch (please remove sunglasses).
  How to weigh and measure your bass
   
No dead bass icon Since catch-and-release of trophy fish is a goal of TrophyCatch, anglers should become familiar with handling procedures Adobe PDF to ensure fish are healthy upon release. Largemouth bass not certified live or kept by an angler will not be accepted into the TrophyCatch program but anglers may submit a Big Catch (MyFWC.com/BigCatch) application to recognize their catch.

 

Note:

Anglers must contact the TrophyCatch coordinator immediately after catching a Hall of Fame Club fish (13 pounds or greater) at 1-855 FL TROPHY (855-358-7674). Certified TrophyCatch weigh stations are distributed around the state. The TrophyCatch coordinator will provide the angler with proper handling techniques and instructions to get their catch certified. A map, phone number, and address for each of the weigh stations is available here:External Website

TrophyCatch weigh stations



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