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Nine New Saltwater Grand Slams for Florida
FWC has introduced nine new Saltwater Grand Slams. Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a 24-hour period.
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: dolphin, sailfish, wahoo
- Florida Grand Slam: permit, tarpon, bonefish
- Shoreline Slam: sheepshead, 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
More information can be viewed at Angler Recognition.
Atlantic snook season closed Dec 15 – Jan 31
Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. Snook season reopens Feb 1.
More information at http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/snook/
Grouper season closed Jan 1 – Apr 30 in Atlantic waters, including Monroe County
This seasonal closure in federal and state waters includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin, tiger grouper*, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, and graysby. Grouper season reopens May 1.
* Tiger grouper is not closed in federal waters
More information at http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/groupers/atlantic-grouper/
Two new events were added, one in Naples and one in Islamorada. More information can be viewed at Lionfish.
Artificial Reef Summit
Artificial reef experts, fisheries scientists and reef managers from around the state and nation met last week in Clearwater to discuss current issues and exchange ideas for future projects at the 2015 Florida Artificial Reef Summit. Florida has one of the most active artificial reef programs in the world with over 2,900 planned public artificial reefs placed off of its coasts. Everything from bridge rubble to specially designed concrete structures to retired naval ships has been deployed. Besides providing recreational fishing and diving opportunities, artificial reefs have also been used as substrate to support new oyster reefs, as erosion control structures to protect vegetated shorelines, as well as mitigation and restoration reefs to replace and repair natural hard bottom habitats lost through beach re-nourishment activities or vessel groundings.
More information on the conference, agenda and speakers can be viewed at Artificial Reef Summit.
Fishing in the Know, FWC’s January newsletter
FWC’s monthly newsletter keeps you informed about upcoming season openings and closures, regulation changes, important events such as fishing clinics, Commission meetings and workshops, and more. Fishing in the Know is the new name for what many have known for years as the Hot Sheet.
More information can be viewed at Fishing in the Know
FWC announces two smartphone apps
FWC updated their Report Florida Lionfish app with a new interactive map and announced their new Fish-Hunt-FL app which allows you to buy a Florida hunting and/or fishing license using your smartphone. Both apps can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play, but some users have reported glitches in using these apps. More information can be viewed at Report Florida Lionfish and Fish-Hunt-FL.