Catch a Florida Memory

Saltwater Angler Recognition Program

Captain Jeremy Davidson photographs & enters his charters qualifying “Saltwater Reel Big Fish” for state recording trophy-sized catches of the different saltwater species listed below.

The fish must reach or exceed the qualifying length listed for adults (age 16 and older) and youth (under age 16). The catch must be photographed over a qualifying measuring device as well as in a photo with the angler who is applying for recognition.

FWC encourages responsible angling. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible and are encouraged to release their catches alive.

Successful anglers will receive a certificate signed by the Director of FWC Marine Fisheries Management and a colorful shirt in recognition of their achievement. Recipients may also be listed in the Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations booklet.

Reel Big Fish Club

Each time an angler submits a valid Saltwater Reel Big Fish Application, they will receive a t­-shirt, certificate of accomplishment, various FWC saltwater publications and will become a member of the corresponding Saltwater Reel Big Fish Club.

Anglers who are awarded at least five different Reel Big Fish species certificates may apply for Reel Big Fish Club Recognition Tiers for the opportunity to receive additional prizes.

Successful participants will also receive one raffle entry for each verified submission to the program. To learn more click here.

Matthew Preston – Saltwater Reel Big Fish
“It is my pleasure to inform you that we have approved your Saltwater Reel Big Redfish application. Your name should appear on our Club Member board within 24 hours along with a recognition badge under your “View Recognitions” page. Please allow approximately 8­12 weeks for your Catch a Florida Memory Recognition Packet to arrive.” Catch A Florida Memory

Cited: “Saltwater Angler Recognition.” Catch a Florida Memory. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2018.


Targeted Reel Big Fish Species Length (Adult) Length (Youth)
Black Drum 44” 33”
Black Sea Bass 17” 13”
Bluefish* 35” 26”
Cobia* 45” 33”
Crevalle Jack* 36” 27”
Florida Pompano* 20” 15”
Flounder 25” 18”
Gray Snapper 24” 18”
King Mackerel* 45” 33”
Ladyfish* 30” 22”
Sheepshead 24” 18”
Spanish Mackerel* 26” 19”
Spotted Seatrout 24” 18”
Tripletail 30” 22”


*Measured by fork length. All other fish should be measured by total length.