Fish Records

Florida Game Fish Records

Fish Species Angler Weight Length Girth Date Location County
Alligator Gar Zachary Phillips 123 lb. 0 oz.     7/8/95 Choctawhatchee River Walton
Black Crappie Ben Curry, Sr. 3 lb. 13 oz.     1/21/92 Lake Talquin Gadsden
Blue Catfish Vincent R. Walston 61 lb. 8 oz.     2/11/96 Little Escambia Creek Escambia
Bluegill Sunfish John LeMaster 2 lb. 15 oz.     4/19/89 Crystal Lake Washington
Bowfin Jim Brown 19 lb. 0 oz.     11/5/84 Lake Kissimmee Osceola
Brown Bullhead Robert Bengis 5 lb. 11 oz.     3/28/95 Little Cedar Creek Duval
Butterfly Peacock Bass Jerry Gomez 9 lb. 1 oz.     3/11/93 Kendall Lake Dade
Chain Pickerel Clifton Hathaway 5 lb. 12 oz.     1995 Wrights Creek Holmes
Channel Catfish Joe Purvis 44 lb. 8 oz.     5/19/85 Big Bluff Lake Lake
Flathead Catfish Bobby Simmons 48 lb. 6 oz.     9/10/00 Escambia River Santa Rosa
Flier Sunfish William Lane, Jr. 1 lb. 4 oz.     8/14/92 Iamonia Lake Leon
Florida Gar Greg Rozycki 7 lb. 0 oz.     6/28/88 Oklawaha Putnam
Largemouth Bass Billy O’Berry 17 lb. 4 oz.     7/6/86 Unknown Polk
Longnose Gar Evan Merritt 41 lb. 0 oz.     4/14/85 Lake Panasoffkee Sumter
Oscar Jimmy Cook 2 lb. 5 oz.     3/16/94 Lake Okeechobee Palm Beach
Redbreast Sunfish Jerrel Dewees, Jr. 2 lb. 1 oz.     4/2/88 Suwannee River Gilchrist
Redear Sunfish Joseph Floyd 4 lb. 14 oz.     3/13/86 Merritt Pond Jackson
Redeye Bass William Johnston 7 lb. 13 oz.     2/18/89 Apalachicola River Gadsden
Redfin Pickerel Mike Wilkerson 1 lb. 1 oz.     1/6/93 New River Bradford
Shad Bud Dankert 5 lb. 3 oz.     2/15/90 Saint Johns River Seminole
Spotted Bass Dow Gilmore 3 lb. 12 oz.     6/24/85 Apalachicola River Gulf
Spotted Sunfish Coy Dotson 0 lb. 13 oz.     5/12/84 Suwannee River Columbia
Striped Bass Alphonso Barnes 42 lb. 4 oz.     12/14/93 Apalachicola River Gadsden
Sunshine Bass Thomas Elder 16 lb. 5 oz.     5/9/85 Lake Seminole Jackson
Warmouth Tony Dempsey 2 lb. 7 oz.     10/1/85 Yellow River Okaloosa
White Bass Richard Davis 4 lb. 14 oz.     4/9/82 Apalachicola River Gadsden
White Catfish Jim Miller 18 lb. 14 oz.     9/21/91 Withlacoochee River Marion

I think I caught a record-breaker! What now?

  • To prevent loss of weight, don't clean or freeze the fish. Keep the fish cool - preferably on ice.
  • Take a picture of the fish.
  • Get the fish weighed as soon as possible on a certified scale (found in grocery or hardware stores, etc.) and witnessed by an observer. Get an affidavit from the store if no FWS official is present. Measure the length.
  • Contact the nearest FWS office to have the fish positively identified and to determine if it is a state record.

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