FLORIDA — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Catch a Florida Memory program will begin accepting applications for three new saltwater fishing record categories starting Jan. 1.
The Florida saltwater fishing records reward anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging them to target a diversity of species.
In addition to All Tackle and Fly-Fishing Weight categories, FWC will add a Youth Weight category for anglers aged 15 and under, and Youth and Adult Length categories to allow for catch-and-release records.
Species of fish 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 photos showing measurement increments clearly visible.
Once a record is approved, all following records must be at least 0.5 inches greater than the…