Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specified fish species in a 24-hour period. The FWC updated the program in 2014 by creating nine Grand Slams including a Small Fry Slam for children age 15 and under. 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 catches alive.
The nine Grand Slams include
Successful anglers will receive a certificate signed by the Director of FWC Marine Fisheries Management and the President of the International Game Fish Association, as well as a colorful shirt in recognition of their achievement. Recipients will also be listed in the Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations booklet.
- Tier 1: 3 different Grand Slams
- Tier 2: 6 different Grand Slams
- Tier 3: Grand Slam Master Angler – completed all eligible Grand Slams
- The angler being properly licensed or using an approved exemption
- Using legal gear and fishing in saltwater where the angler has legal access
Proper Fish Handling Techniques for PhotosFish 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
- 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