William Joseph Peckham caught the Gulf Kingfish (whiting) of his life while fishing off Pensacola Beach on April 18th. His 2.4 pound catch beat the previous Florida Saltwater Fishing Record of 2.19 pounds. “I have had so many exciting, memorable fishing experiences on Pensacola Beach,” said Peckham. “Catching this record-breaking whiting is high on the list.”
Do you want to set the next state record? It’s simpler than you think. Records are not yet set for conventional fishing categories for White Grunt, Blueline Tilefish and Schoolmaster Snapper, as well as many fly fishing tackle categories, which is an exciting opportunity for anglers to hold the record for these species.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) maintains state records in conventional angling and fly fishing categories for 81 species caught in Florida state and federal waters. Saltwater record holders will receive a Certificate of Achievement, a Prize Package, recognition in various publications, and a custom squid print to commemorate their catch courtesy of Fish Print Shop.
To qualify for a record, the catch must be weighed on land using certified scales and photos must be submitted showing the weight shown on the scales, the certification of the scales, the rod and reel used to make the catch as well as clearly showing the angler with their catch and different views of the fish for identification purposes. The angler’s signature on a completed application form must be certified by a notary.
For more information and to view current records, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com and click Records, contact AnglerRecognition@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records are part of the FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory Saltwater Angler Recognition program, which rewards anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging them to target biodiversity. To learn more and submit catches, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com. Check out the latest catches and see how your achievements are highlighted by following the Catch a Florida Memory Facebook page, Facebook.com/CatchaFLMemory, and view fishing catches and more on Instagram by following @MyFWC.