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FreshWater Elite Angler Award

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The Freshwater Elite Angler Award is awarded to to anglers who catch and meet a certain lenght size.


Here is TPWD's page for Elite Angler Award.

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Anglers who catch trophy class fish of five different species will be recognized as Elite Anglers. To be eligible for this one-time award, an angler must earn five freshwater OR five saltwater Big Fish Awards. Anglers who achieve Elite ranking will be listed on the Angler Recognition Program website and will receive a special certificate commemorating their accomplishment. See current list of Elite Anglers.

Submission Rules

  1. Fish caught on or after May 1, 2004 count toward Elite Angler status. The program is not retroactive.
  2. Each catch must meet the requirements for a Big Fish Award (see below).
  3. Weighing is encouraged, but not required.
  4. There's no time limit for catching the five trophy fish.
  1. Catch must meet or exceed minimum length requirements indicated in the table below.
  2. Weighing is encouraged, but not required.
  3.  For length measurement:
    • Place fish on its side with the jaw closed.
    • Squeeze the tail fin together or turn it in a way to obtain the maximum overall length.
    • Measure a straight line from the tip of the snout to the extreme tip of the tail fin.

       4. Photos must be submitted with application. See photo guidelines.

Bass, Guadalupe14"Amberjack, Greater42"Bass, Hybrid Striped25"Catfish, Gafftopsail20"Bass, Largemouth21"Croaker, Atlantic15"Bass, Smallmouth18"Cobia (Ling)40"Bass, Spotted16"Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)30"Bass, Striped35"Drum, Black20"Bass, White15"Drum, Red25"Bluegill10"Flounder17"Buffalo, Bigmouth30"Jack, Crevalle36"Buffalo, Black30"Ladyfish21"Buffalo, Smallmouth32"Mackerel, King40"Carp, Common30"Mackerel, Spanish26"Catfish, Blue36"Marlin, Blue137"Catfish, Channel30"Sailfish84"Catfish, Flathead45"Seatrout, Sand14"Cichlid, Rio Grande9"Seatrout, Spotted20"Crappie, Black15"Sheepshead18"Crappie, White15"Snapper, Red18"Drum, Freshwater25"Snook26"Gar, Alligator72"Spadefish, Atlantic17"Gar, Longnose50"Tarpon80"Gar, Spotted42"Tunny, Little22"Sunfish10" Trout, Rainbow15" Walleye25"



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