FLORIDA – A Florida angler has set two new state saltwater fishing records in a single day, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced.
According to the FWC, when Matthew Marovich, of Sarasota, set out fishing on Aug. 26, 2022, he didn’t know he would be catching two record-breaking fish. Setting out from Sarasota on a flat calm day with clear skies, the day was perfect for catching fish, and they were biting.
With these ideal conditions, the FWC said Marovich was able to land a new state record red porgy and a new state record blueline tilefish.
“Both fish were unexpected catches. I thought I had a queen snapper when I pulled up the biggest red porgy I had ever seen!” said Marovich.
“The blueline tilefish felt like a grouper. We were grouper fishing, and I was using the slow-pitch jig and thought maybe a good-sized scamp grouper or a yellowedge was on the other end. I also knew there were snowy grouper in that area. Tilefish is one of my favorites to eat, so it was really exciting to see such a nice blueline come to the surface.”
The FWC said Marovich’s red porgy weighed in a 5.56 pounds, beating the previous record of 4.8 pounds set in 2019, and his blueline tilefish weighed in at 10.55 pounds beating out the previous weight of 5.4 pounds, set in 2021.
The FWC maintains state records in conventional tackle and fly-fishing categories for 81 species caught in Florida state waters and federal waters. Saltwater record-holders receive a certificate of accomplishment, a custom prize pack, and recognition in various publications.
To qualify for a record, the FWC said the catch must be weighed with a certified scale on land, and photographs must be submitted clearly showing the weight displayed on the scale, the scale’s certification, the rod and reel used to make the catch, the angler with their catch, and various views of the fish for identification purposes.
The angler’s signature on a completed application form must be witnessed by a notary.
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records are part of FWC’s Catch a Florida Memory – Saltwater Angler Recognition program, which rewards anglers for their fishing efforts while encouraging them to target a diversity of species. To learn more and submit catches, visit CatchaFloridaMemory.com.