Florida State Saltwater Fishing Records

Want to know what the state records are? Here is a list I have put together from various recording sources.

Records in Blue are Fly Records

Records caught in this area are highlighted

Amberjack, Seriola dumerili
142 lbs., Islamorada, 2-3-79, W.A. Colbert,Jr.

Amberjack, Seriola dumerili
103 lbs., 12 oz., Key West, 1-28-77, Dr. Wm. Munro.


Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
67 lbs., Islamorada, 1-29-49, Harold K. Goodstone

Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
37 lbs. 12 oz., Key West, 12-19-78, Joe Machiorlatti

Bass, Black Sea, Centropristis striata
5lbs. 1 oz., Panama City, 7-21-56, Mrs. R. H. Martin

Bass, Striped, (caught in saltwater), Morone saxatilis
33 lbs. 2 oz., Tallahassee, 2-5-89, Jonni S. Gill

Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix
22lbs. 2 oz., Jensen Beach, 3-19-73, Liz Yates

Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix
18 lbs., Miami Beach, 4-2-83, Steve Melvin

Bonefish, Albula vulpes
15 lbs. 12 oz., Key Biscayne, 2-27-77, Ken Pittman

Bonefish, Albula vulpes
15 lbs. 8 oz., Key Biscayne, 2-27-97, Joe Pantorno

Catfish, Gafftopsail, Bagre marinus
8 lbs. 14 oz., Titusville, 9-21-96, Larry C. Jones

Catfish, Gafftopsail, Bagre marinus
7 lbs. 8 oz., Port Canaveral, 12-26-89, Dave Chermanski


Catfish, Hardhead, Arius felis
3 lbs. 5 oz., Sebastian, 4-18-93, Amanda A. Steed

Catfish, Hardhead, Arius felis
2 lbs. 8 oz., Placida, 5-11-96, Louis Herraro

Cobia, Rachycentron canadum
130 lbs. 1 oz., Destin, 3-21-97, Peter McCollester

Cobia, Rachycentron canadum
83 lbs. 4 oz., Key West, 1-2-86, Jim Anson

Croaker, Micropogonias undulatus
3 lbs. 12 oz., Pensacola, 9-29-92, Tina Marie Jeffers

Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus
77 lbs. 12 oz., Ft. Pierce, 4-27-85, Bill Foster

Dolphin, Coryphaena hippurus
51 lbs. 8 oz., Islamorada, 3-25-01, Nicholas Stanczyk


Drum, Black, Pogonias cromis
96 lbs. Fernandina Beach, 4-12-01, James E. Cartwright

Drum, Black, Pogonias cromis
50 lbs. 4 oz., Merritt Island, 7-12-86, Mark R. Marconi


Drum, Red, Sciaenops ocellatus "Redfish"
52 lbs. 5 oz., Cocoa, 2-24-96, George E. Hogan, Jr.

Drum, Red, Sciaenops ocellatus "Redfish"
43 lbs., Banana River, 5-7-95, Greg Braunstein, MD


Flounder, Bothidae or Pleuronectidae
20 lbs. 9 oz., Nassau County, 12-23-83, Larenza W. Mungin

Flounder, Bothidae or Pleuronectidae
2 lbs. 9 oz., Jacksonville, 6-29-96, W.T.S. Montgomery, Jr


Grouper, Black, Mycteroperca bonaci
113 lbs. 6 oz., Dry tortugas, 1-27-90, Doanld W. Bone

Grouper, Gag, Mycteroperca microlepis
71 lbs. 3 oz., Destin, 7-12-91, Jim E. Gunter

Grouper, Gag, Mycteroperca microlepis
9 lbs. 4 oz., Key West, 2-27-78, Pete Peacock


Grouper, Goliath, Epinephelus itajara "Jewfish"
680 lbs. Fernandina Beach, 5-20-61, Lynn Joyner

Grouper, Goliath, Epinephelus itajara "Jewfish"
356 lbs. Islamorada, 3-15-67, Bart Foth

Grouper, Nassau, Epinephelus striatus
3 lbs. 4 oz., Key Largo, 11-16-84, Brian Edward Calhoun

Grouper, Red, Epinephelus morio
42 lbs. 4 oz., St. Augustine Inlet, 3-9-97, Del Wiseman

Grouper, Red, Epinephelus morio
7 lbs., Dry Tortugas, 3-15-93, Weston Fowler


Grouper, Warsaw, Epinephelus nigritus
436 lbs. 12 oz., Destin, 12-22-85, Steve Haeusler

Grouper, Yellowfin, Mycteroperca venenosa
34 lbs. 6 oz., Key Largo, 12-7-88, Roy Hogrebe

Grunts, Margates, Sailors Choice, White Margate, Haemulon Spp.
15 lbs. 8 oz., Key West, 5-6-01, Carman Nichols

Hind, Speckled, Epinephelus drummondhayi
52 lbs. 8 oz., Destin, 10-21-94, Russell George Perry

Hogfish, Lachnolaimus maximus
19 lbs. 8 oz., Daytona, 04-28-62, Robert E. Batson

Jack, Bar, Caranx ruber
7 lbs. 12 oz., Miami, 12-18-99, Martin Arostegui

Jack, Crevalle, Caranx hippos
57 lbs. Jupiter, 5-18-93, Gerald John Washburn

Jack, Crevalle, Caranx hippos
37 lbs. 8 oz.,  Dry Tortugas, 2-11-94, Carlos B. Solis

Jack, Horse-eye, Caranx latus
25 lbs. 12 oz., Palm Beach, 10-31-97, David Leavitt

Jack, Horse-eye, Caranx latus
14 lbs. 8 oz., Key West, 9-7-86, Joseph M. Stehr III


Ladyfish, Elops saurus
6 lbs., Jupiter, 12-20-97, Michael Baz

Ladyfish, Elops saurus
5 lbs. 4 oz., Port St. John, 10-3-94, H.P. Woodham


Mackerel, Cero, Scomberomorus regalis
17 lbs. 2 oz., Islamorada, 4-5-86, G. Michael Mills

Mackerel, Cero, Scomberomorus regalis
9 lbs., Key West, 12-11-91, George L. Foti


Mackerel, King, Scomberomorus cavalla "Kingfish"
90 lbs. Key West, 2-16-76, Norton I. Thomton

Mackerel, King, Scomberomorus cavalla
55 lbs. Key West, 3-20-95, Ben Bergeron

Mackerel, Spanish, Scomberomorus maculatus
12 lbs. Ft. Pierce, 11-17-84, John F. Colligan

Mackerel, Spanish, Scomberomorus maculatus
6 lbs. 13 oz., Tarpon Springs, 11-7-95, Capt. James P. Wisner


Margate, Black, Anisotremus surinamensis
12 lbs. 12 oz., Ft. Pierce, 5-28-94, Carol Napierala

Marlin, Blue, Makaira nigricans
1046 lbs., Panama City, 7-14-01, Conrad E. Hawkins

Marlin, White, Tetrapturus albs.idus
161 lbs. Miami Beach, 3-20-38, L. F. Hooper

Marlin, White, Tetrapturus albs.idus
68 lbs. Ft. Pierce, 12-23-72, Dave Chermanski

Permit, Trachinotur falcatus
56 lbs. 2 oz., Ft. Lauderdale, 6-30-97, Thomas Sebestyen

Permit, Trachinotur falcatus
41 lbs. 8 oz., Key West, 3-13-86, Del Brown


Pompano, African, Alectis ciliaris
50 lbs. 8 oz., Daytona Beach, 4-21-90, Tom Sargent

Pompano, African, Alectis ciliaris
33 lbs. 8 oz., Palm Beach, 12-21-68, Gil Drake, Jr.


Pompano, Florida, Trachinotus carolinus
8 lbs. 4 oz., Port St. Joe,10-16-99, Barry Huston

Pompano, Florida, Trachinotus carolinus
6 lbs. 8 oz., Cocoa Beach, 1-14-78, Dave Chermanski

Runner, Blue, Caranx crysos
8 lbs. 5 oz., Pensacola, 6-16-95, Kevin Siverly

Runner, Blue, Caranx crysos
3 lbs. 14 oz., Fowey Rock, 7-1-87, Capt. Dan Kipnis

Runner, Rainbow, Elagatis dipinnulata
17 lbs. Key West, 4-11-87, Ann Doan

Runner, Rainbow, Elagatis dipinnulata
8 lbs.10 oz.,  Key West, 1-18-80, John M. Ahearn

Sailfish, Atlantic, Istiophorus platypterus
116 lbs. 10 oz., Miami Beach, 5-7-89, Beppe Filipetti

Sailfish, Atlantic, Istiophorus platypterus
55 lbs. 8 oz., Palm Beach, 2-4-80, Pat Ford


Sawfish, Pristis spp.
545 lbs. Naples, 4-2-58, G. R. Maxwell

Scamp, Mycteroperca phenax
25 lbs. 4 oz., Port Canaveral, 11-24-91, Capt. Walt Morgan

Seatrout, Spotted, Cynoscion nebulosus
17 lbs. 7 oz., Ft. Pierce, 5-11-95, Craig F. Carson

Seatrout, Spotted, Cynoscion nebulosus
12 lbs. 7 oz., Stuart, 3-5-84, Sidney Freifeld

Shark, Blacktip, Carcharhinus limbatus
152 lbs. Sebastian, 10-29-87, Darlene Rees

Shark, Blacktip, Carcharhinus limbatus
105 lbs., Key West, 4-17-93, Robert W. Felisian


Shark, Bull, Carcharhinus leucas
517 lbs. Panama City Beach, 10-81, Gregory K. Burnett

Shark, Bull, Carcharhinus leucas
389 lbs. 4 oz.,  Key West, 3-29-80, Pete Peacock


Shark, Dusky, Carcharhinus obscurus
764 lbs. Longboat Key, 5-28-82, Warren Girle

Shark, Hammerhead, Sphyrna spp.
991 lbs. Sarasota, 5-30-82, Allen Ogle

Shark, Hammerhead, Sphyrna spp.
154 lbs., Key West, 3-7-93, Rick Gunion

Shark, Lemon, Negaprion brevirostris
397 lbs. Dunedin, 4-29-77, Richard M. Guccione

Shark, Lemon, Negaprion brevirostris
288 lbs. 8 oz., Key West, 3-15-78, Pete Peacock


Shark, Mako, Isurus spp.
911 lbs. 12 oz., Palm Beach, 4-09-62, Audrey Cohen

Shark, Spinner, Carcharhinus brevipinna
190 lbs. Flagler Beach, 4-03-86, Mrs. Gladys Prior

Shark, Thresher, Alopias spp.
544 lbs. 8 oz., Destin, 9-15-84, James Weil

Shark, Tiger, Galeocerdo cuvier
1,065 lbs. Pensacola, 6-20-81, Richard Baggs

Shark, Tiger, Galeocerdo cuvier
220 lbs. Key West, 1-25-95, Gary Spence

Shark, White, Carcharodon carcharias
686 lbs. Key West, 4-30-88, Richard P. DeAngelis

Sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus
15 lbs. 2 oz., Homosassa, 1-29-81, Eugene Lechler

Sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus
7 lbs. 4 oz., Jacksonville, 11-4-98, David W. McLaren


Snapper, Cubera, Lutjanus cyanopterus
116 lbs. Clearwater, 7-26-79, Billy Graham

Snapper, Gray, Lutjanus griseus "Mangrove Snapper"
17 lbs. Port Canaveral, 6-14-92, Steve Maddox

Snapper, Gray, Lutjanus griseus
10 lbs. 12 oz., Key West, 6-8-98, Jerome N. Matthews


Snapper, Lane, Lutjanus synagris
6 lbs. 6 oz., Pensacola, 4-18-91, Ken Jones

Snapper, Mutton, Lutjanus analis
30 lbs. 4 oz., Dry Tortugas, 11-29-98, Richard Casey

Snapper, Mutton, Lutjanus analis
17 lbs., Key West, 5-31-90, Del Brown


Snapper, Red, Lutjanus campechanus
46 lbs. 8 oz., Destin, 10-01-85, Lane Nichols III

Snapper, Red, Lutjanus campechanus
3 lbs. 6 oz., Apalachicola, 5-11-00, George Wood

Snapper, Yellowtail, Ocyurus chryurus chrysurus
8 lbs. 9 oz., Ft. Myers, 9-13-96, Capt. William M. Howard

Snapper, Yellowtail, Ocyurus chryurus chrysurus
3 lbs. 8 oz., Dry Tortugas, 3-15-93, Weston Fowler

Snook, Common, Centropomus undecimalis
44 lbs. 3 oz., Ft. Myers, 4-25-84, Robert De Cosmo

Snook, Common, Centropomus undecimalis
30 lbs. 4 oz., Chokoloskee, 4-23-93, Rex Garrett

Spearfish, Longbill, Tetrapturus pfluegeri
61 lbs. 8 oz., Islamorada, 4-29-81, Ted Damiano

Swordfish, Xiphias gladius
612 lbs. 12 oz., Key Largo, 5-7-78, Stephen Stanford

Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus
243 lbs. Key West, 2-17-75, Gus Bell

Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus
202 lbs. 8 oz., Chassahowitza, 5-11-01, James J. Holland


Triggerfish, Gray, Balistes capriscus
12 lbs. 7 oz., Pensacola, 7-15-01, Kenneth Morris

Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis
32 lbs. Apalachicola Bay, 7-2-88, Karen Michelle Kembro

Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis
21 lbs. 2 oz.,  Port Canaveral, 4-17-88, Dave Chermanski


Tuna, Bigeye, Thunnus Obesus
167 lbs. Miami Beach, 1-18-57, Jerry Mills

Tuna, Blackfin, Thunnus atlanticus
45 lbs., 8 oz., Key West, 5-4-96, Sam J. Burnett

Tuna, Blackfin, Thunnus atlanticus
34 lbs. 3 oz.,  Islamorada, 12-17-77, Rip Cunningham


Tuna, Skipjack, Euthynnus pelamis
33 lbs. 8 oz., Islamorada, 7-21-98, Frank Digiovanni

Tuna, Yellowfin, Thunnus albsacares
230 lbs. Key West, 12-30-93, Robert D. Jones

Tunny, Little, Euthynnus alletteratus
27 lbs. Key Largo, 4-20-76, William E. Allison

Tunny, Little, Euthynnus alletteratus
19 lbs. Dry Tortugas, 4-12-95, Phillip Caputo

Wahoo, Acanthocybium solanderi
139 lbs. Marathon, 5-18-60, George Von Hoffman

Wahoo, Acanthocybium solanderi
28 lbs. 12 oz., Key West, 4-15-82, Jim Anson


Weakfish, Cynoscion regalis
10 lbs. Port Canaveral, 12-30-87, George R. Mizell, Jr.


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