Check out Florida’s new TrophyCatch program, which begins in October 2012.
It’s the Sunshine State’s version of Texas’ hugely successful ShareLunker project, but with some differences.
With the Texas plan, anglers give their lunkers of 13 pounds or more to the state to assist research and hatchery spawning of bigger bass. Additionally, ShareLunker has been a great way to promote Texas as a bass-fishing destination.
Tom Champeau, director of Florida’s Freshwater Fisheries Division, hopes that TrophyCatch will do the same for his state. Anglers are asked to report bass of 8 pounds or more and to release them to be caught again.
“Our goal is to have a positive impact promoting the sport of bass fishing both in Florida and everywhere else,” Champeau says.
“Florida leads the nation in attracting anglers from all over the world and we want TrophyCatch to reach them all! Enthusiastic bass anglers are good for everyone and support conservation projects that sustain our valuable fisheries.”