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Nov. 28, 2023
Start planning for the new year: The FWC announces new Saltwater Fishing Record categories
coming in 2024
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Marine Fisheries
Management and its saltwater angler recognition program, Catch a Florida Memory, will begin
accepting applications for three new record categories starting Jan. 1, 2024. In addition to the
current All Tackle and Fly-Fishing Weight categories, the FWC will add a Youth Weight category
for anglers aged 15 and under, and Youth and Adult Length categories to allow for catch-and-
The species eligible for records in the Youth and Adult Length categories include red drum,
bonefish, permit and snook. To qualify for a Length Record, the fish must be caught on or
after Jan. 1, 2024, measure at least 10 inches and be measured using a flat length measuring
device with photographs showing measurement increments clearly visible. Once a record is
approved, all subsequent records must be at least 0.5 inches (1.27 cm) greater than the
The species eligible for records in the Youth Weight category include blackfin tuna, cobia,
dolphinfish, flounder, gray (mangrove) snapper, gray triggerfish, hardhead catfish, red
grouper, sheepshead, Spanish mackerel, spotted seatrout and yellowtail snapper. The
FWC is planning to include more species for records in the Youth Weight category in years
to come, providing more opportunities for young saltwater anglers to participate in the records
program. To qualify for a Youth Weight Record, the fish must be caught on or after Jan. 1, 2024,
weigh a minimum of 1 pound (0.0453 kg) and follow the documentation requirements of the
Adult Weight category.
To qualify for a record, a completed application form must be submitted with the angler’s
signature and a notary stamp. Applications are available at CatchaFloridaMemory.com/Records.
Applications must be accompanied by digital or print photographs clearly showing the gear used
for Youth and Adult Length record categories. Both youth and adult applications must be sub-
mitted within three months of the catch date. Anglers who obtain a new approved state record
after Jan. 1, 2024, receive a certificate, Catch a Florida Memory decal and custom fish metal
decor courtesy of The Metal Edge.
The FWC reserves the right to deny any application to the saltwater angler recognition programs
for any reason. This includes improper fish handling, which will be especially important in both
the Youth and Adult Length categories. To view best handling practices, visit MyFWC.com/
FishHandling. For a complete list of current categories, rules and eligible species, visit
CatchaFloridaMemory.com/Records. This page will be updated with the new categories on
Jan. 1, 2024.
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records are part of the FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory – Saltwater
Angler Recognition program, which rewards anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging
them to target a diversity of species. To learn more and view current records, visit CatchaFlorida
Memory.com/Records or call 850-487-0554.
Check out the latest catches and see your achievements highlighted by following the Catch a Florida
Memory Facebook page, Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory, and view angler catches and much more
on Instagram by following @MyFWC and on FishBrain by following FWC Saltwater Fishing.
If you have questions about the Catch a Florida Memory program, email AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com
or call 850-487-0554.
Your purchase of fishing equipment, motorboat fuel and a fishing license supports these programs along
with aquatic education and outreach efforts. Learn more at MyFWC.com/SFR
QUESTIONS? Contact the FWC
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission ·
620 S. Meridian Street ·
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 ·