The Saltwater Reel Big Fish program recognizes anglers for extraordinarily-sized catches of the 30 different saltwater species listed below. 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. Remember proper catch-and-release techniques when fishing. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible and are encouraged to release their catches alive.

Kristin Southerland holding seatrout
Kristin Southerland seatrout being measured

30 Saltwater Reel Big Fish Species and Qualifying Lengths

Saltwater Reel Big Fish Species Length (Adult) Length (Youth)
African Pompano* 49” 36”
Almaco Jack* 32” 24”
Black Drum 44” 33”
Black Sea Bass 17” 13”
Bluefish* 35” 26”
Bonefish* 27” 20”
Cobia* 45” 33”
Crevalle Jack* 36” 27”
Florida Pompano* 20” 15”
Flounder 25” 18”
Gag Grouper 41” 30”
Gray Snapper 24” 18”
Gray Triggerfish* 19” 14”
Greater Amberjack* 50” 37”
Hogfish* 24” 18”
King Mackerel* 45” 33”
Ladyfish* 30” 22”
Mutton Snapper 24” 18”
Permit* 40” 30”
Red Drum 30” 22”
Red Grouper 35” 26”
Red Porgy 20” 15”
Scamp 27” 20”
Schoolmaster 20” 15”
Sheepshead 24” 18”
Snook 36” 27”
Spanish Mackerel* 26” 19”
Spotted Seatrout 24” 18”
Tripletail 30” 22”
Yellowtail Snapper 20” 15”
*Measured by fork length. All other fish should be measured by total length.
Saltwater Reel Big Fish CertificateSaltwater Reel Big Fish ShirtCoastal and pelagic yellowReel Big InshoreReel Big jacks and pompReel Big Reef fishes

Successful anglers receive a certificate signed by the Director of FWC Marine Fisheries Management and a colorful t-shirt in recognition of their achievement. Recipients will also be listed in the Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations booklet and on the Club Members page. Anglers who are awarded for five or more species can apply for Saltwater Reel Big Fish Recognition Tiers for the opportunity to receive additional prizes.

  • Tier 1: 5 different species
  • Tier 2: 10 different species
  • Tier 3: 15 different species
  • Tier 4: Reel Big Master Angler – all 30 Reel Big Fish species