Angler Tag Return Hotline

What do you do if you catch a tagged fish in Florida waters?

Red Drum and Fishing Reel
IF YOU CATCH A TAGGED FISH IN FLORIDA WATERS, CALL
1-800-367-4461

RECORD THE CAPTURE INFORMATION

  • Tag number, fish length, specific catch location.
  • Note any unusual circumstances regarding the catch.
  • When releasing a Goliath Grouper, hatchery Red drum or an east coast Snook, do NOT remove the streamer tag. Repeat captures of the same fish are not uncommon.
  • When releasing west coast Snook, cut the tag close to the body wall and return the tag to FWC.
  • When releasing a largemouth bass for cash reward in Florida waters, cut the tag close to the body wall and return the tag to FWC.

CONTACT FWC WITH THE CAPTURE INFORMATION

  • Angler Tag Return Hotline
    1-800-367-4461
  • tagreturn@MyFWC.com
  • Mailing address:
    Stock Enhancement Research Facility
    14495 Harllee Road
    Port Manatee, FL 34221

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