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Florida Lionfish State Records

FWC has organized a state records program for invasive lionfish in three divisions: spearing, hook and line and junior harvester (under 16 years of age). Divisions are also separated by lionfish caught in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean. Record holders will be recognized on the website. See below for our current list of state records.

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Lionfish State Records

Atlantic - Longest

Captain Jimmy Nelson

Location: Islamorada

Date: May 21, 2015

Length: 477 mm (18.78 in)

Gulf - Longest

Donald C. Vautrinot

Location: Destin

Date: October 18, 2020

Length: 462 mm (18.19 in)

Gulf - Heaviest

David Forrester

Location: Pensacola

Date: April 6, 2018

Weight: 1,533.142 g (3.38 lbs)

Gulf - Longest and Heaviest

Darren Parker

Location: Lynn Haven

Date: May 15, 2016

Length: 414 mm (16.29 in)

Weight: 1040 g (2.3 lbs)

Gulf - Longest and Heaviest

Christopher Encarde

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Date: September 25, 2016

Length: 398 mm (15.67 in)

Weight: 886 g (1.95 lbs)