The New Year is about celebrating past accomplishments and setting goals for an even better year to come—and the TrophyCatch program is excited to do both! Looking back on the previous four seasons, the TrophyCatch program has seen a staggering increase in the number of participating anglers and qualifying catches. This citizen science partnership has led to more than 5,325 approved catches, which is instrumental in ensuring that FWC biologists are able to make informed decisions for the management and improvement of Florida’s lakes and rivers.
As we start the New Year, the TrophyCatch team is excited to reward anglers for their first Lunker Club submission, all of their Trophy Club and Hall of Fame submissions, introduce new exciting monthly prizes, new CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZES for the biggest bass caught during Season 5, AND adding a new Grand Prize category for the heaviest total weight of approved catches for the season! This means that the weight of all of your approved catches per season (beginning Season 5) will be totaled at the end of each season, with the winner taking home the prize pack of a lifetime!
Be sure to follow TrophyCatch on Facebook and Instagram to keep updated on the new Grand Prize and monthly rewards.
The TrophyCatch team is also thrilled to announce that Phoenix Boats has upgraded the Season 5 TrophyCatch boat to the sleek 819 Pro, powered by Mercury and anchored by PowerPole. The lucky TrophyCatch boat winner will be drawn at the end of Season 5—and remember that all of your approved submissions throughout the season increase your chance of winning the boat!
We sincerely appreciate all of our sponsors and partners for supporting TrophyCatch, and we are extremely grateful for all of the participating anglers who make the program the most successful angler-driven conservation program in the United States (see the AFS Award News Release). The data you provide when you submit your qualifying catches is being used by FWC scientists and we will be sharing these conservation success stories throughout the year.
Thank you for your participation in the TrophyCatch program and we welcome your feedback!
Overview and Goal Statements
TrophyCatch is an incentive-based conservation program designed for anglers who catch-and-release largemouth bass heavier than eight pounds, in Florida.
Our goals are:
- Collect valid information through citizen-science about trophy bass to help the FWC better enhance, conserve and promote trophy bass fishing
- Encourage catch-and-release of the biggest, oldest, most valuable bass
- Excite anglers about Florida freshwater fishing encouraging them to purchase licenses and fish more resulting in benefits to anglers, fishing-related businesses, local communities and the fisheries by having more support and funding for conservation
- Share information about fishing opportunities and destinations to make fishing more enjoyable
Anglers are encouraged to follow catch-and-release guidelines for these big bass and to document the catch through a photograph of the entire bass on a scale with the weight clearly legible. See RULES and PRIZES for details.
Don't qualify for TrophyCatch? Angler recognition is provided for memorable catches of 33 different species of freshwater fishes in Florida through Big Catch, and features Specialist, Master and Elite Angler challenges. See more at BigCatchFlorida.com.
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