Do you think you have what it takes to catch a new and improved Saltwater Grand Slam? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is rolling out nine new Grand Slams this Saturday, Nov. 29, which is also the last Saltwater License Free Fishing day of 2014. The requirement to have a saltwater recreational fishing license when fishing for saltwater species is waived for Florida residents and visitors on license-free fishing days.
Catch any of our new Saltwater Grand Slams on Nov. 29 and share a photograph collage of your catches on Instagram or Twitter by using the #FWCSlam and you could receive a special prize bag filled with goodies for your next fishing trip.
“Rolling out the new Saltwater Grand Slam program on a License Free Fishing Day is just one more reason to get out there and explore all the wonderful fishing opportunities Florida has to offer,” said Nick Wiley, FWC executive director. “These challenges encourage new anglers to participate and give seasoned anglers an exciting goal to reach for.”
Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a 24-hour period. By encouraging anglers to target multiple species during fishing trips, the grand slam program entices anglers to learn more about Florida’s vast recreational fishing opportunities.
The new Grand Slams include:
Inshore Grand Slam: red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder
Family Slam: any three fish in the same family (example: red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout)
Blue Water Slam: dolphinfish, sailfish, wahoo
Florida Grand Slam: permit, tarpon, bonefish
Shoreline Slam: sheepshead, kingfish(whiting), Florida pompano
Reefs and Rubble Slam: black sea bass, gag, gray triggerfish
Nearshore Slam: cobia, tripletail, king mackerel
Bay and Estuary Slam: gray (mangrove) snapper, snook, Spanish mackerel
Small Fry Slam (for children 15 and under): pinfish, grunt, catfish
Anglers who share their Grand Slam with us on Twitter or Instagram are also encouraged to submit their catch information to the official Grand Slam program. For more information or to apply for a Grand Slam, visit our MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater” and “Angler Recognition” or send an email to AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com.
All catches, past and present, are eligible as long as they can be documented. Successful anglers will receive a certificate signed by both the executive director of the FWC and the president of the International Game Fish Association, as well as a colorful shirt in recognition of their achievement. Anglers who submit photos with the application may also be recognized on MyFWC.com, Facebook or even the Saltwater Regulations publication.
As always, the FWC encourages responsible angling. Remember proper fish handling techniques when fishing. Anglers do not have to harvest their fish to be eligible, and are encouraged to release their catches alive.
Fishing is a low-cost, wholesome outdoor activity, which is why the FWC offers a total of eight days each year when a recreational fishing license is not needed. The first Saturday and Sunday in April (April 4-5, 2015) are the next license-free freshwater fishing days. The next saltwater license-free fishing days are the first Saturday and Sunday in June (June 6-7, 2015). All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply on these dates.
To make your fishing day successful, check out MyFWC.com/Fishing for fishing tips, locations and rules. Learn more about license-free fishing days by visiting MyFWC.com/License and clicking on “Do I Need One?” and “Free Fishing Days.”