FWC’s Saltwater Grand Slam program is conducted in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). A Grand Slam is defined as the catch or catching and releasing of three specific saltwater fish species in a 24-hour period. Catches must be made in accordance with International Game Fish Association (IGFA) angling rules, available from IGFA at igfa.org
or 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004.
Submission Requirements for Grand Slams
All Grand Slam catches, past and present, are eligible if they can be documented and have been caught in a 24-hour period in accordance with FWC and IGFA rules. To participate, an angler must abide by the general FWC Saltwater Angler Recognition Program rules (see “General Angling Rules”). Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible, and are encouraged to release their catches alive. All harvest of fish must comply with current regulations. Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations may be found online at MyFWC.com/Fishing
or by calling 850-487-0554.
A Grand Slam Club Application
and photographs are required for submission. Photographs of the angler with each fish are required and may be used in various FWC publications as well as on MyFWC.com. Fish photographed should be supported horizontally using wet hands with no fingers in the fish’s gills. If not held, fish should be photographed in a rubber-coated, knotless landing net rather than lying on a dock, cooler or boat deck. Large fish should not be removed from the water or boated, as this can injure the fish.
Applications that are incomplete or fail to provide full documentation of species required will result in disqualification. Grand Slam applications will be accepted year-round. There are eight Grand Slams for all ages, plus a Small Fry Grand Slam for children age 15 and under.
Saltwater Grand Slam Club Categories
Inshore Grand Slam: red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder
Family Grand Slam: Any three fish in the same family (i.e. red snapper, mutton snapper, lane snapper)
Blue Water Grand Slam: dolphinfish, sailfish, wahoo
Florida Grand Slam: permit, tarpon, bonefish
Shoreline Grand Slam: sheepshead, kingfish (whiting), Florida pompano
Reefs & Rubble Grand Slam: black sea bass, gag, gray triggerfish
Nearshore Grand Slam: cobia, tripletail, king mackerel
Bay & Estuary Grand Slam: gray (mangrove) snapper, snook, Spanish mackerel
Small Fry Slam (15 and under): pinfish, grunt (any), catfish (any)
Saltwater Grand Slam Recognition Tiers
Tier 1: 3 different Grand Slams
Tier 2: 6 different Grand Slams
Tier 3: Grand Slam Master Angler – all 8 adult Grand Slams (anglers who catch the youth slam in addition to all 8 adult slams are eligible for bonus prizes)
Saltwater Grand Slam Club Prizes
Each time an angler submits a valid Saltwater Grand Slam, they will receive a t-shirt, certificate of accomplishment, various FWC saltwater publications and will become a member of the corresponding Grand Slam Club. Anglers who are awarded at least three different Grand Slams may apply for Grand Slam Club Recognition Tiers for the opportunity to receive additional prizes.
To be eligible for prizes, anglers must comply with all rules for Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and the Saltwater Grand Slam Program. Prizes typically arrive 4 to 8 weeks after approval (not submittal). All prizes are awarded pending availability. FWC reserves the right deny any application for the Saltwater Grand Slam Program and to change recognition prizes at any time without notice.