Largemouth Bass (Provided By M.B.)

Think You’ve Caught A Record-Breaking Bass? The FWC Wants You To Be Prepared!

Largemouth Bass (Provided By M.B.)
Largemouth Bass (Provided By M.B.)

The FWC has released a new video detailing the steps to take if you reel in a potential state record bass.

Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Contact the FWC: Reach out to them immediately via their online form or call a regional office to confirm your fish’s species and potential record weight.
  2. Obtain a certified weight: An FWC employee must witness the fish being weighed on a certified scale. They’ll guide you on how to do this.

Read: Florida Gulf Coast Fishing Report – July 11, 2024

Don’t worry about false alarms – they happen often! Just have a clear photo of the fish on a scale showing its weight.

While the current state record bass, caught in 1986, weighs a hefty 17.27 pounds, recent catches in the TrophyCatch program suggest a new record could be on the horizon.

Even if you don’t break a record, you can still get recognition for your big catches! Join FWC’s TrophyCatch program and win prizes for releasing bass 8 pounds or larger. Visit to learn more.

Check out the current state records at and good luck out there, anglers!

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