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    The Florida Saltwater Grand Slam program is managed by the FWC in partnership with
    the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch
    three specific fish species in a single day and were created to increase the variety of
    species targeted by anglers. There are currently four Grand Slam challenges:
    Panhandle, West Coast, South Florida and East Coast. Successful applicants receive a
    certificate signed by both the President of the IGFA and the Executive Director of the FWC
    to recognize their achievement.

    Another challenge hosted by the FWC is the Florida State Records program. There are
    currently 76 species eligible for state records in both conventional tackle and fly fishing
    categories. Almaco jack and vermilion snapper were both recently added to the list of
    eligibility and several other species are now being considered.

    In addition to the programs mentioned, there are several exciting new programs
    currently being developed by the FWC. The intention of the new programs is to cultivate a
    saltwater fishing interest in new anglers as well as expand the activities of those already
    “hooked” on fishing. Send us your feedback on new grand slams and state records by
    taking a short survey on our website. Your opinions could lead to the development of an
    exciting new fishing challenge!

    Take the survey at MyFWC.com/Surveys.

    West Coast Grand Slam

    Daniel Atkinson

    Kevin Muench

    David Atkinson
    Stanley McJunkin

    Mark R. King

    Cathy Fox

    Rodney L. Fletcher

    East Coast Grand Slam

    Kevin Muench

    State Record

    Rebecca Bursten caught a
    2 lb. 2 oz. vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens)
    on 7/2/11 near Panama City.

    Grand slam certificate recipients

    North Florida

    red drum, cobia, spotted seatrout

    East Coast

    red drum, tarpon, spotted seatrout

    South Florida

    bonefish, tarpon, permit

    West Coast

    red drum, snook, tarpon


    Grand Slams

    Grand slam certificates are awarded based on the species caught, not the catch
    location. For more information or to apply for a state record or grand slam, contact the
    FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management by calling 850-487-0554, or visit their
    website at MyFWC.com. Click on “Fishing.” Entries are free!

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