The Saltwater Fish Life List is a challenge to catch the following 71 different species of saltwater fish. 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.

Anglers can get recognized for catching at least 10 different Life List species and becoming a member of a Life List Fish Club. Each time an angler submits a valid application for a Saltwater Life List Fish Club, they will receive a certificate of accomplishment, various prizes, FWC saltwater publications and will become a member of the corresponding Life List Fish Club.

certificate
Spanish Mackerel Kayla Michaels
Sheepshead Rosemary White
Jonathan Roberts Crevalle Jack
Life List shirt

71 Saltwater Fish Life List Species

African pompano Almaco jack Atlantic sharpnose Banded rudderfish Black drum
Black grouper Black sea bass Blackfin snapper Blackfin tuna Blacknose shark
Blacktip shark Blue marlin Blue runner Bluefish Bonefish
Bonnethead shark Bull shark Cero Cobia Crevalle jack
Cubera snapper Dog snapper Dolphinfish Florida pompano Gafftopsail catfish
Gag Gray (mangrove) snapper Gray triggerfish Great barracuda Greater amberjack
Gulf flounder Gulf kingfish (whiting) Hardhead catfish Hogfish Horse-eye jack
King mackerel Ladyfish Lane snapper Lesser amberjack Little tunny
Mutton snapper Permit Queen snapper Red drum Red grouper
Red porgy Red snapper Roundscale spearfish Sailfish Scamp
Schoolmaster Sheepshead Shortfin mako Silk snapper Snook
Southern flounder Southern kingfish (whiting) Spanish mackerel Spinner shark Spotted seatrout
Swordfish Tarpon Tripletail Vermilion snapper Wahoo
Warsaw grouper Weakfish White grunt White marlin Yellowfin tuna
Yellowtail snapper
Spotted Seatrout Jeff Naylor Lily Peyton

Saltwater Fish Life List Club Categories

  • 10 Fish Club: 10 total different Life List species caught to date
  • 30 Fish Club: 30 total different Life List species caught to date
  • 50 Fish Club: 50 total different Life List species caught to date
  • 71 Fish Club – Life List Master Angler: All 71 total Life List species caught to date
Porgy
Tarpon

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To participate in Florida’s Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs, all fish must be caught by the angler being recognized in accordance with the Florida saltwater recreational fishing regulations at the time of the catch. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • The angler being properly licensed or using an approved exemption
  • Using legal gear and fishing in saltwater where the angler has legal access
Fish can be either caught and released or harvested for these programs. All harvest of fish must comply with current regulations. An undersized or out-of-season fish can qualify, as long as they are promptly and safely released and not harvested (as evidenced by submitted photos). Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations may be found online or by calling 850-487-0554. Any past catches that meet the requirements are eligible, as long as the required photos and documentation are provided. FWC reserves the right to deny any application to the Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and can change these rules at any time without notice. State laws prohibit false claims or fraud when claiming prizes. Recognition will only be given to individual anglers, NOT groups. Do not apply for group recognition. Fish may be caught outside of state waters as long as they are released or legally landed in the State of Florida. For example, a fish caught in federal waters and landed in Florida would qualify. Similarly, a fish caught from a boat in Georgia state waters and then landed in Florida would qualify. In addition, a fish caught and released in federal waters off of Florida would also qualify. FWC employees, including OPS, are not eligible to win prizes other than certificate level award and website recognition. Contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554 for questions regarding these programs. Your submissions to this program, including photos and other data provided to the Florida Saltwater Angler Recognition Program, constitute a release for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to use them without compensation or further notice for research, information and other public purposes, such as being posted on the FWC website or being used in FWC publications and promotional materials. When photographs are required, the proper fish handling techniques and photo rules below apply.

Proper Fish Handling Techniques for Photos

Fish should be handled properly. Anglers should handle their catch with wet hands only (do not use a towel), be careful not to poke fingers into eyes or gills and fully support the body weight of the fish by cradling it horizontally. If not held, fish should be photographed in a rubber-coated, knotless landing net rather than lying on a dock, cooler or boat deck. Measure length on a wet, cool surface. Do not place fish on hot, dry boat surfaces. Large fish that will not be harvested should not be removed from the water or boated, as this can injure the fish. Anglers’ faces must be included in photographs and fish must be in an unobstructed position so that FWC staff can verify the species. For more catch-and-release techniques, see the following: Catch and Release Brochure, Fish Handling and Gear

Photo Rules

  • Images must be at least 300 dpi
  • Preferred formats include .jpg or .tiff files
  • Original files from digital cameras or hard copy prints are acceptable
  • Images should not be embedded in a Word document, .pdf or .ppt, etc
  • Photo Guidelines
  • Contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com for more information

Not all photographs on this website are the property of the FWC. Permission must be obtained from the photographer before using any photos from this website.

The Florida Saltwater Fish Life List program consists of 71 species of saltwater fish. To participate, an angler must abide by the general FWC Saltwater Angler Recognition Program rules (see “General Angling Rules”). All Life List catches are eligible as long as they can be documented and have been caught in accordance with FWC rules. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible and are encouraged to release catches alive. All harvest of fish must comply with current regulations, available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing or by calling 850-487-0554. The Florida Saltwater Fish Life List publication lists the 71 species included in the program and allows anglers to record the species, date, size and location of Life List fish caught. Print your own Saltwater Fish Life List or request a printed Life List.
71 Species Included in the Saltwater Fish Life List Program
African Pompano Bonefish Great Barracuda Queen Snapper Southern Kingfish (Whiting)
Almaco Jack Bonnethead Shark Greater Amberjack Red Drum Spanish Mackerel
Atlantic Sharpnose Bull Shark Gulf Flounder Red Grouper Spinner Shark
Banded Rudderfish Cero Gulf Kingfish (Whiting) Red Porgy Spotted Seatrout
Black Drum Cobia Hardhead Catfish Red Snapper Swordfish
Black Grouper Crevalle Jack Hogfish Roundscale Spearfish Tarpon
Black Sea Bass Cubera Snapper Horse-eye Jack Sailfish Tripletail
Blackfin Snapper Dog Snapper King Mackerel Scamp Vermilion Snapper
Blackfin Tuna Dolphinfish Ladyfish Schoolmaster Wahoo
Blacknose Shark Florida Pompano Lane Snapper Sheepshead Warsaw Grouper
Blacktip Shark Gafftopsail Catfish Lesser Amberjack Shortfin Mako Weakfish
Blue Marlin Gag Little Tunny Silk Snapper White Grunt
Blue Runner Gray (Mangrove) Snapper Mutton Snapper Snook White Marlin
Bluefish Gray Triggerfish Permit Southern Flounder Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowtail Snapper

Saltwater Fish Life List Club Categories

10 Fish Club: 10 total different Life List species caught to date 30 Fish Club: 30 total different Life List species caught to date 50 Fish Club: 50 total different Life List species caught to date 71 Fish Club – Life List Master Angler: All 71 total Life List species caught to date

Submission Requirements for Life List Clubs

To enter, anglers must submit a Florida Saltwater Fish Life List Club Application and photo-documentation of their catch. Each qualifying species in the Life List must be fully-documented in order to receive recognition. For each application, documentation must include a clear, color photograph of the angler with each fish caught. 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. Applications that are incomplete or fail to provide full documentation of species required will result in disqualification. Life List applications will be accepted year-round.

Prizes for Saltwater Fish Life List Club Anglers

Each time an angler submits a valid application for a Saltwater Life List Fish Club, they will receive a certificate of accomplishment, various prizes, FWC saltwater publications and will become a member of the corresponding Life List Fish Club. To be eligible for prizes, anglers must comply with all rules for Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and the Saltwater Fish Life List 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 Fish Life List Program and to change recognition prizes at any time without notice.