New category added to Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program

Published: Aug. 8, 2017 at 12:06 PM CDT
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Anglers of Florida are in for more fun now that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has opened a new category for a saltwater fish.

Tuesday FWC announced a new category for kingfish (whiting), which includes fish in the Menticirrhus family. Kingfish caught after June 30th of this year are eligible for a state record submission.

Also, three new Florida saltwater state records were approved in the past year, including a 33-pound, 8-ounce almaco jack caught by Thomas Milliren; a 6-pound, 3-ounce vermilion snapper caught by Dawn M. Delisle; and a 26-pound horse-eye jack caught by Sharon Kartrude Pryel.

Several new saltwater world records were caught in Florida in the past year, including a junior record for permit; all-tackle records for black grouper, mahogany snapper and yellowtail snapper; and line-class records for Florida pompano, spotted seatrout, gray snapper, black drum and red grouper.

To qualify for the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program, catches must be made according to FWC and IGFA angling rules. The application must be accompanied by line or tippet samples and photographs as specified in the IGFA world record requirements. Species that pose a problem of identity require determination by an ichthyologist or qualified fishery biologist.

For more information on the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program, visit and click on “Programs” and “Florida Saltwater Fishing Records” or contact