What to Do if You Catch a Tagged Red Drum

The Angler Tag Return Hotline is designed to collect data from anglers regarding tagged fish that have been captured in Florida's coastal waters.

ANGLER TAG RETURN HOTLINE
1-800-367-4461


Young Angler holding tagged red drum

RECORD THE CAPTURE INFORMATION

  • Tag number, fish length, specific catch location.
  • Note any unusual circumstances regarding the catch.
  • When releasing a tagged hatchery redfish, do not remove the streamer tag. Repeat captures of the same fish are not uncommon.
  • If you plan on keeping your catch, please mail the tag to FWC.

CONTACT FWC WITH THE CAPTURE INFORMATION

  • Angler Tag Return Hotline
    1-800-367-4461
  • tagreturn@myfwc.com
  • mailing address:
    Stock Enhancement Research Facility
    14495 Harllee Road
    Port Manatee, FL 34221

OBSERVE CURRENT FISHING REGULATIONS
Check the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections, Florida Administrative Code Web site-Chapter 68 (68B-22)-FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION at http:/myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations



FWC Facts:
The average Florida manatee is about 10 ft. long and close to 1,200 lbs. They can reach up to 13 ft. and 3,500 lbs. Calves are 3-4 ft. long & weigh 60-70 lbs. at birth.

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