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Why it's important to record you catch. In Florida, anglers count!

Why Keep a Record of your catch at Angler Action? You can help build a brand new, real-time data record by simply logging the general size and location of your catch.  This angler-owned data record provides once-missing elements in the understanding of game fish populations and distributions, and a voice that asserts trust in our fishery leadership.  Be a part of improved fisheries management.


The Angler Action program is a service project of the Snook & Gamefish Foundation, and is the result of thousands of hours of volunteer support including those donated by research partners at Florida Wildlife Research Institute and University of Florida.  The 2012 Angler Action tool upgrades have been made possible by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other private donations.   If you would like to get involved, please contact or [email protected], or call 407 302 5550.

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Fish Handling

  • Minimize handling, since this can remove protective slime from the fish.
  • If you handle a fish, use clean, wet hands.Support the fish beneath the head and belly.
  • Minimize exposure to air, maximum 15 seconds.
  • Avoid using mechanical lip-gripping devices on active fish, this can cause jaw injury.
  •  If a fish's weight is desired, attach a cradle to the scale to support the fish's weight.
  • Keep fingers away from the gills, damaged gills make it harder for the fish to breathe.

About Angler Action Data

  • Data is collected in four categories :  Trip, Location, Catch, Lengths +

Trip: general info about the type of fishing, number of people fishing, amount of time spent, state and county.

Location: optional description of where you fish, including depth, water condition, and geographic information.  To skip GPS coordinates type '0' in the spaces provided.  Google maps and auto-location options are provided for those who want to record GPS.  These descriptions are especially important for some species’ stock assessments, such as snapper.  Naming your Location makes it easy to recall and if a location is saved as a favorite you will not need to re-enter data about it.

Catch:  for each species targeted and/or caught, record the number kept and released.  If fish have a slot or minimum size, you will be asked to sort the catch as under, in or over the size range permitted for harvest. 

  • IMPORTANT: Catch is defined as touching the leader.  It is not necessary to boat the fish to include it in your record.   Always record '0' Catch Trips - they are important for the record.

Lengths + : Adding lengths for some or all of the fish you catch is optional.  Recording exact lengths on some of the fish you catch makes it possible for fishery scientists to calculate fish size distributions, and is very much appreciated. Don't feel bad if you catch a lot of fish and don't measure every one, however.  You may also record weight, condition upon release, and where the fish was hooked (jaw, head, body, etc).  These records contribute to calculating survival rates of released fish.  You can read more about increasing release survival here.

  • Photos – you are welcome to upload trip photos.  If you are releasing your catch,  try to limit the time a fish is kept out of the water for photos to less than half a minute.
  • Sharing information -   You can use the FB and Twitter functions of the website to share photos and trip summaries. You can login to the website anytime to view your photos and trip information, and you can edit and add to each trip record for up to 7 days after starting your trip record.

Views of your trip reports, catch reports, the fishing spots you record as ‘favorites’, and other reports you create, are for your private use exclusively.  You can download your personal trip data onto excel or csv spreadsheets, through the website. 

  • Data Uses  Angler Action data was put to use in the 2011 Snook Stock Assessment by FWC (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission), and has been requested for inclusion in other stock assessments and research studies.  By participating in the Angler Action program you are providing important information that improves understanding of fish populations and their best management. 

    The Angler Action trip record is the most active self-reporting record of gamefish catch, harvest and release data on the Web.  Here anglers and fishery biologists are working together to expand our knowledge base, providing once-missing elements in the understanding of game fish populations and distributions. 

    Angler-volunteered data added to what is currently available to fishery management gives a fuller picture of fish stocks for stronger science-based, fishery management decisions.

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