Welcome to TrophyCatch, which is specifically designed for anglers who catch and release largemouth bass greater than eight pounds. There are three different tiers that will be recognized: The Lunker Club (8.0-9.9 lbs), The Trophy Club (10.0-12.9 lbs) and The Hall-of-Fame Club (greater than 13 pounds).
Anglers will be encouraged to follow catch-and-release guidelines for these big bass (8.0-12.9 lbs) and to document the catch through a series of photographs of the bassí length, weight and release. A more thorough certification process including FWC staff will be established regarding Hall-of-Fame bass which are over 13 lbs.
As TrophyCatch grows it will provide rewards that encourage anglers to live release trophy bass while at the sametime assist FWC with documenting trophy bass catches. This documentation of when and where trophy bass are produced, biologists can improve trophy-bass management through habitat enhancement, regulation management, stocking or other means that are proven to increase catch of trophy largemouth bass while fostering a strong catch-and-release conservation ethic.
The TrophyCatch program also offers a unique opportunity to create public/private partnership where the common goals are to protect trophy bass, promote fishing and support conservation programs.In the long run it will rely heavily on the private support, partnerships, and sponsorships, and is expected to evolve and grow in the coming years.
TrophyCatch is considered as the hallmark of the Long-Term Black Bass Management Plan that was created through an interactive process with anglers, researchers, tourism and outdoor communication professionals and fishing-related business representatives. Ultimately the goal of the plan, including TrophyCatch as one component, is to ensure Florida is the undisputed Bass Fishing Capital of the World.
The excitement of all the angler recognition programs will also increase fishing participation of Florida's youth and families and attract more anglers to Florida while promoting strong conservation messaging. Among the most important outcomes will be to increase public awareness and commitment to protect our fisheries and their habitats.
Program launched October 1, 2012. Get in on the ground floor and "reward yourself."
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