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Saltwater Fish Life List

The Saltwater Fish Life List is a challenge to catch the following 70 different species of saltwater fish. Anglers receive a certificate of accomplishment and various prizes as they reach each Life List Fish Club. 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.

Saltwater Fish Life List Species

African pompano
Almaco jack
Atlantic sharpnose shark
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
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
Life List Red snapper catch
Life List Red drum catch
Life List Southern kingfish catch

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
  • 70-Fish Club (Life List Master Angler): All 70 total Life List species caught to date

Get a Life List Brochure

Print your own Life List – start keeping track of your progress today!

Request a water-resistant Life List – we will mail you a Life List in 2-4 weeks.

Rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reserves the right to deny any application to the Catch a Florida Memory - Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs and can change these rules at any time without notice. State laws prohibit false claims or fraud when claiming prizes.

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, as well as using legal gear and fishing in saltwater where the angler has legal access.

Contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554 for questions regarding these programs.

  • All submitted fish must have been caught by the angler applying for recognition.
  • Fish can be either caught and released or legally 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 must be caught in Florida state waters, in federal waters extending directly outward of Florida state line boundaries, or landed in Florida.
  • FWC employees, including OPS, are not eligible to win prizes other than certificate level awards and website recognition.
  • 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
  • It is preferred that anglers on vessels are photographed wearing personal floatation devices.

The Florida Saltwater Fish Life List consists of 70 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 70 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.


70 Species Included in the Saltwater Fish Life List Program

African pompano Bonefish Great barracuda Queen snapper Spanish mackerel
Almaco jack Bonnethead shark Greater amberjack Red drum Spinner shark
Atlantic sharpnose Bull shark Gulf flounder Red grouper Spotted seatrout
Banded rudderfish Cero Gulf kingfish (whiting) Red porgy Swordfish
Black drum Cobia Hardhead catfish Red snapper Tarpon
Black grouper Crevalle jack Hogfish Sailfish Tripletail
Black sea bass Cubera snapper Horse-eye jack Scamp Vermilion snapper
Blackfin snapper Dog snapper King mackerel Schoolmaster Wahoo
Blackfin tuna Dolphinfish Ladyfish Sheepshead Warsaw grouper
Blacknose shark Florida pompano Lane snapper Shortfin mako Weakfish
Blacktip shark Gafftopsail catfish Lesser amberjack Silk snapper White grunt
Blue marlin Gag Little tunny Snook White marlin
Blue runner Gray (mangrove) snapper Mutton snapper Southern flounder Yellowfin tuna
Bluefish Gray triggerfish Permit Southern kingfish (whiting) 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
  • 70 Fish Club – Life List Master Angler: All 70 total Life List species caught to date

 

Submission Requirements for Life List Clubs

  • 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 gils or eyes. 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.
  • Submissions that are incomplete or fail to provide full documentation of species required will result in disqualification.

 

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. Successful participants will also receive one raffle entry for each verified submission to the program.
  • 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 to deny any application for the Saltwater Fish Life List Program and to change recognition prizes at any time without notice.