The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its saltwater angler recognition program will add two new qualifying Reel Big Fish.
Anglers will be able to earn Reel Big Fish recognition for vermilion snapper and saltwater catfish starting March 1st.
To qualify for a Reel Big Fish achievement, a fish must reach or exceed the qualifying length listed for each species in youth (under age 16) or adult categories.
The qualifying length for vermilion snapper is 17 inches for adults and 13 inches for youth, while the qualifying length for saltwater catfish (gafftopsail or hardhead) is 22 inches for adults and 16 inches for youth.
All Reel Big Fish catches must be photographed over a qualifying measuring device clearly showing the exact full length of the fish. A photo of the fish with the angler submitting the catch is also required.
These new Reel Big Fish additions give both inshore and offshore anglers new goals to keep them on the water targeting a variety of fish species.
Vermilion snapper and saltwater catfish are also great table fare and are worth taking home to try out a new fish recipe.
Anglers who are missing a photograph of their fish over a measuring device can be awarded a Reel Big Fish Honorable Mention digital certificate instead.