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Angler Recognition

TrophyCatch

TrophyCatch

TrophyCatch is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) freshwater, citizen-science, angler recognition program. TrophyCatch began in 2012 as a direct response to FWC’s Black Bass Management Plan, which placed an emphasis on establishing trophy bass fishing opportunities throughout the state. TrophyCatch was established to collect data on trophy bass 8 pounds or larger while promoting bass conservation by rewarding catch-and-release fishing.

Like and follow the TrophyCatch Facebook page to see featured submissions and to keep up to date on TrophyCatch news, events, and new prizing.

Visit TrophyCatch.com to participate!

Big Catch

Big Catch

To help commemorate your outstanding catches, Big Catch is Florida's family-friendly, freshwater angler recognition program with 33 different fish to choose from. Simply catch a fish that exceeds the qualifying length OR weight, take a photo and submit. Special youth sizes invite their participation. Qualifiers receive a digital full-color certificate illustrating the species of fish you caught, personalized with your name and details about your catch. Advanced anglers can continue the challenge by seeking Specialist, Master and Elite Angler recognition.

Visit BigCatchFlorida.com to participate!

Freshwater State Record

Freshwater State Record

Certified state record fish must be legally caught using an active hook-and-line method (including a proper license or exemption) by sport fishing methods, identified by a Commission biologist and weighed on a certified scale. To set a new record, you need to exceed the certified record.

If you believe you have caught a state record, verify the current state record weight at BigCatchFlorida.com/State-Record and contact your regional office immediately. If possible please be prepared to text message or email a photo of the fish on a scale or ruler for initial verification of species and size. It is important to properly measure the fish. The Freshwater Record Fish Application is available online in PDF format.