Fifty is a pretty exciting number for anything, and for Allison Stattner it represents a new highlight in her fishing career. This golden milestone marks the astounding number of fish she has added to her Saltwater Fish Life List. Stattner is the first and, so far, only person to reach the 50-Fish Club in FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory program.
“Reaching the 50-Fish Club was definitely a fun challenge!” said Stattner. “I had to take into account seasonality, location within Florida, varied baits and, most importantly, log a lot of time on the water. Some of my catches were from the beach, pier, kayak and offshore headboats. Thank you to FWC and the sponsors of the Catch a Florida Memory program for recognizing angler accomplishments and encouraging me to be a better angler!”
Stattner rounded out her Life List achievement with a whopping 42-inch wahoo as her 50th fish. She has chosen to memorialize the catch in a replica mount she’ll receive as a prize from Mount This! Fish Company. She is also featured in the new book, “Fifty Women Who Fish,” and has a pending 130.2-pound tarpon world record on fly. While her enthusiasm for spending time on the water is clear, she is equally passionate about teaching younger generations how to fish, including her own daughter who is a Life List 10-Fish Club member.
Want to get in on the action? You can win a replica fish mount from Mount This! Fish Company when you submit catches by July 31 and are the first angler to qualify for the Reefs and Rubble Grand Slam (gag, gray triggerfish and black sea bass all caught in 24 hours) or the angler whose Reel Big Fish most exceeds its qualifying length.
Plus, Catch a Florida Memory is teaming up with events like the Pensacola Fishing Rodeo and Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge to give you even more to chances to win! Grab your friends and family for some fishing fun, make some memories and win a few prizes while you’re at it.
Catch a Florida Memory challenges anglers to target a diverse range of species in Florida, reducing pressure on the most commonly sought-after catches. Successful anglers receive a prize pack including a T-shirt, certificate and tumbler, and the prizes get hotter from there. Participate today by visiting CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible for prizes and are encouraged to use proper fish handling techniques. Questions? Contact AnglerRecogntion@MyFWC.com or 850-487-0554.