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
Mark R. King
Rodney L. Fletcher
East Coast Grand Slam
Rebecca Bursten caught a
2 lb. 2 oz. vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens)
on 7/2/11 near Panama City.
Grand slam certificate recipients
red drum, cobia, spotted seatrout
red drum, tarpon, spotted seatrout
bonefish, tarpon, permit
red drum, snook, tarpon
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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