Pictured: Tripletail caught by North Palm Beach angler Jessica Bright
If you’re a South Florida angler, you know that some of the best memories are made fishing with good friends and family, but how often do you switch up the species you’re after? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has added an incentive to increase the diversity of saltwater fish targeted by anglers and reduce fishing pressure on the most commonly sought-after species with the Catch a Florida Memory Program. The program turns conservation-minded fishing into a thrilling scavenger hunt throughout Florida’s beautiful waterways, and entices anglers with prizes and bragging rights to try different fishing locations, techniques, and experiences.
There are three major categories baiting anglers all over Palm Beach County- The Saltwater Fish Life List, a challenge to catch 71 different species of saltwater fish, the Saltwater Grand Slam, a challenge to catch three specified fish species in a 24-hour period, and the Saltwater Reel Big Fish, a challenge to catch a fish that meets or exceeds a qualifying “extraordinarily-sized” length of 30 different saltwater species listed.
Catch-and-release fishing and responsible fish handling practices are encouraged to help minimize stress on fish, and anglers do not have to harvest their catches to qualify. Photos of the angler with each fish are required.
For more information, please visit CatchAFloridaMemory.com.