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
- Fish can be either caught and released or harvested for these programs.
- All harvest of fish must comply with current regulations. Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations may be found online or by calling 850-487-0554
- 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).
- 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. Prizes are taxable and will be reported to the IRS as appropriate (please check with your tax advisor if you have any questions).
- 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 awards 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
- 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