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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

Angler being photgraphed with two Lionfish

Captain Jimmy Nelson

Location: Islamorada

Date: May 21, 2015

Length: 477 mm (18.78 in)

Gulf - Longest

An angler on a boat holding a Lionfish

Joshua Falkner

Location: Pensacola

Date: December 15, 2016

Length: 459 mm (18.07 in)

Gulf - Heaviest

An angler being photographed holding a Lionfish

David Forrester

Location: Pensacola

Date: April 6, 2018

Weight: 1,533.142 g (3.38 lbs)

Gulf - Longest and Heaviest

An angler being photographed holding a Lionfish

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

A young boy being photographed holding a Lionfish

Christopher Encarde

Location: Fort Walton Beach

Date: September 25, 2016

Length: 398 mm (15.67 in)

Weight: 886 g (1.95 lbs)