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Prized pink-tagged bass are swimming in these Florida waters!

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program has deployed bright pink research tags in bass across five waters throughout the state: the Northwest Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Lake Lochloosa, Lake Beauclair, Lake Okeechobee and Porter Lake. Each of the tags is on a trophy bass weighing 8 pounds or more.

Prized Pink-Tagged bass are swimming in these Florida waters
Photo Courtesy of FWC

Designed to provide valuable data about bass movements and growth rates, these conspicuous pink tags offer one other unique advantage: special prizing for the angler who catches, cuts and properly reports the tag.

“Seeing a flash of pink as you land that giant bass will make an extraordinary experience even more memorable,” said Tom Graef, Director of FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “TrophyCatch data also shows us that anyone fishing these waters might be the lucky one to catch a trophy – and a pink tag!”

Prizing is still being finalized and will be announced soon. To claim their reward, anglers must cut and keep the pink tag, and document the bass at An integral requirement of the program is that all bass must be released alive to allow other anglers the opportunity to experience a lifetime catch.

For more information about the TrophyCatch program, email KP Clements at

2024-03-19T14:33:13-04:00March 2, 2024|Fishing|

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