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NFC: Re:Record Fish......


Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission

Notice the Flier record.....:)

Certified state record fish must be legally caught (including a proper
license or exemption) by sport fishing methods, identified by a
Commission biologist and weighed on a certified scale. Uncertified state
records (indicated below by an asterisk) are believed accurate based on
reliable witnesses and other evidence but are not certifiable, or they
were caught by other than legal sport fishing methods. To set a new
record, you just need to exceed the certified records; the uncertified
records are provided just for information. The "Big Catch" program gives
recognition to anglers who catch fish that exceed the minimum "qualifying
weights and lengths". If you catch such a fish, contact the appropriate
regional office. These records are updated as soon as they are verified.
The links in the below table go to photos of either the record fish or a
recent past record fish. Anyone having photos of other state record fish
is asked to contact us. More information is provided about the various
species on our Freshwater Fishes of Florida pages.

Largemouth bass 17.27 unnamed lake Polk 07/06/86 Billy O'Berry 
 * Largemouth bass  *20.13 
Big Fish Lake 
Pasco  05/00/23 Frederick Friebel 
Redeye bass 7.83 Apalachicola River Gadsden 02/18/89 William Johnston 
Spotted bass 3.75 Apalichicola River Gulf 06/24/85 Dow Gilmore 
Suwannee bass 3.89 Suwannee River Gilchrist 03/02/85 Ronnie Everett 
Striped bass 42.25 Apalachicola River Gadsden 12/14/93 Alphonso Barnes 
Butterfly peacock bass 9.08 Kendall Lakes Dade 03/11/93 Jerry Gomez 
Oscar 2.34 Lake Okeechobee Palm Beach 03/16/94 Jimmy Cook 
Skipjack herring VACANT 
Qualifying Weight is 2.5 pounds 
White bass 4.69 Apalachicola River Gadsden 04/09/82 Richard Davis 
Sunshine bass 16.31 Lake Seminole Jackson 05/09/85 Thomas Elder 
Black crappie 3.83 Lake Talquin Gadsden 01/21/92 Ben Curry, Sr. 
Flier 1.24 Lake Iamonia Leon 08/14/92 William Lane, Jr. 
Bluegill 2.95 Crystal Lake Washington 04/19/89 John LeMaster 
Redbreast sunfish 2.08 Suwannee River Gilchrist 04/29/88 Jerrrel Dewees,
Redear sunfish 4.86 Merritts Mill Pond Jackson 03/13/86 Joseph Floyd 
Spotted sunfish 0.83 Suwannee River Columbia 05/12/84 Coy Dotson 
Warmouth 2.44 Yellow River Okaloosa 10/19/85 Tony Dempsey 
Chain pickerel 5.75 Wrights Creek Holmes 06/19/95 Clifton Hathaway 
 *Chain pickerel 
Lake Talquin 
Gadsden 07/05/71 
Jimmy James 
Redfin pickerel 1.06 New River Bradford 06/06/93 Mike Wilkerson 
Common Carp VACANT 
Qualifying Weight is 35 pounds 
 *Common Carp 
40.56  Apalachicola River 
Gadsden 05/24/81 
Bernard Rowan 
Channel catfish 44.50 Lake Bluff Lake 05/19/85 Joe Purvis 
Flathead catfish 43.50 Apalachicola River Gadsden 05/23/97 Jason Brown 
 *Flathead catfish 
Hillsborough River 
Tom Norman 
White catfish 18.88 Withlacoochee River Marion 09/21/91 Jim Miller 
Blue catfish 61.50 Little Escambia Creek Escambia 02/11/96 Vincent R.
Brown bullhead 5.72 Cedar Creek Duval 03/28/95 Robert Bengis 
Yellow bullhead VACANT 
Qualifying Weight is 2 pounds 
Black bullhead VACANT 
Qualifying Weight is 2 pounds 
Bowfin 19.00 Lake Kissimmee Osceola 11/05/84 Jim Brown 
American shad 5.19 St. Johns River Seminole 02/15/90 Bud Dankert 
American shad 5.19 St. Johns River Volusia 03/18/92 Albert Judy 
Longnose gar 41.00 Lake Panasoffkee Sumter 04/14/85 Evan Merritt 
Alligator gar 123.00 Choctawhatchee River Walton 07/08/95 Zachary
Florida gar 7.00 Oklawaha Putnam 06/28/88 Greg Rozycki