Frequently Asked Questions

Posted On: 05/30/2012

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Trip Questions


Why select an affiliation?

There are as many reasons as there are affiliations. 

Here are a few:

  • Pinellas Park HS Fishing Club: students get credit for hours spent fishing and logging their catch;
  • Kayak Fishing ClassicS: bonus prizes are awarded to randomly selected tournament contestents who log their catch;
  • St. Lucie Artificial Reefs: data collection to help profile fish populations in these areas.

How can my club, event or project become an affiliate?

Contact with your request.


Why log hours spent fishing twice? (on the Trip page and the Catch page)

Hours spent fishing is recorded for the whole trip as well as for each species targeted. For instance, you may spend a half day targeting coastal species and half a day offshore. You might list 6 hours of total fishing with 3 hours targeting snook, reds and trout and 3 hours targeting dolphin and mackerel. Giving the time spent targeting a specific type of fish helps determine the catch per unit of effort, while the total fishing trip time gives information about the overall fishing effort in an area. 
more time questions

Zero Catch

What is Zero ("0") catch?

Getting skunked, spending time fishing and catching nothing. The time spent fishing and catching nothing is important to note. See more on this topic below.

How do I report Zero ("0") catch?

Note the total time spent fishing on the trip page and the time spent trying to catch your primary target species on the catch record, marking 0 in the caught and released spaces.

Why should I report Zero "0" catch?

Zero catch is as important to the record of the fishing trip as if you'd caught a boatload. ...If you spend 5 hours fishing for any species and you didn't catch a single one, does the trip go away, like it didn't happen? Nope.A zero catch is a measurement of time spent in the effort.
Here's an example of why it is so important: If you went to your bank and your checking account is zero you have a problem on your hands. If you didn't know you had a zero in your statement, you'd most likely think that you have a balance, even when you are broke, and keep on spending. A fishing log without the zero catch report would never get the true message to managers about the state of fish stocks 
More Catch Questions


Location Questions

Why name a location?

For your personal convenience. Naming a location makes it easier for you to recall the location if you revisit it. If you save the location as a favorite, the location details will autofill when you start to type the name on a subsequent trip record. When you look back over many trips in your personal record, you will be able to sort by location name.

What are other uses for Location Name?

For specific studies,Naming Zones which characterize location and/or depth may be part of the study. You might use location name as a way to track and sort trips in general regions where you fish.

How to leave out GPS/ latitude and longitude?

place "0" in the fields or skip those fields if you would prefer not to record them.


Catch Record Questions

Time Spent Fishing

Why should I record my fishing time again on the catch page since I already recorded it on the trip page?

On the catch page, you note time spent fishing for one species of fish.

What if I spend 6 hours fishing - 3 inshore for snook and 3 offshore for cobia?

Record 2 catch records (one for snook, one for cobia) with 3 hours each.

What if I spend 3 hours fishing for snook and catch none, but incidentally catch a redfish?

Make your catch record for redfish and note the 3 hours you spent fishing, for redfish. (same would go for all species that are fished the same way, same area)

What if I spend 3 hours fishing and catch nothing?

List the primary species you were targeting, the time spentand 0 (Zero) catch.

With more than 100 species listed in Angler Action, how can I easily find the one I want?

Each time you record a 'catch' you are given two selection boxes to identify the species. One for the family name and a second for the specific fish name. If you are unsure which family or group to find your target species in, see the list below that shows Species Common Names in Alphabetical Order - help to Find Family or Group 

While some are obvious (all species of snapper are listed in the snapper group), others are not (all freshwater fish are listed under Freshwater, even exotics). Several commonly reported fish have stand alone listings: Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout and Bonefish. To see the alphabetical listing of families or groups and their members, click here


Length and Weight Questions

I catch too many fish to record each length and weight what can I do?

Don't feel guilty about leaving spaces blank on the lengths page - fill in whatever information you have gathered. Use 'comments' to provide more info if you can.

Where do I record Kept Sizes in the online portal,

Click on the tab to the right of "Released" Lengths.   Click on lengths tab here for more info


Fish Family - Alphabetical Order

Fish Family Species
Billfish Blue marlin
Billfish White marlin
Billfish Sailfish
Billfish Swordfish
Bonefish Bonefish
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi)
Drums and Croakers Black drum
Drums and Croakers Silver sea trout
Drums and Croakers Sand sea trout
Drums and Croakers Weakfish
Drums and Croakers Croaker
Drums and Croakers Spot
Exotics Lionfish
Exotics Other fish
Flounder Southern flounder
Flounder Summer flounder
Flounder Gulf flounder
Freshwater American shad
Freshwater Florida gar
Freshwater Large mouth bass
Freshwater Shoal bass
Freshwater Spotted bass
Freshwater Black crappie
Freshwater Suwannee bass
Freshwater Bluegill
Freshwater Redear sunfish
Freshwater Redbreast sunfish
Freshwater Spotted sunfish
Freshwater Warmouth
Freshwater Striped bass
Freshwater White bass
Freshwater Sunshine bass
Freshwater Peacock bass
Freshwater Channel catfish
Freshwater Flathead catfish
Freshwater Mayan cichlid
Freshwater Blue tilapia
Freshwater Chain pickerel
Freshwater Rainbow Trout
Freshwater Brown Trout
Freshwater Brook Trout
Groupers Gag (gray grouper)
Groupers Scamp
Groupers Red grouper
Groupers Warsaw grouper
Groupers Yellowfin Grouper
Groupers Nassau grouper
Groupers Goliath grouper
Groupers Black Grouper
Groupers Yellowmouth Grouper
Grunts White grunt
Grunts Tomtate
Grunts Pigfish
Jacks Permit
Jacks Greater amberjack
Jacks Almaco jack
Jacks Crevalle jack
Jacks African pompano
Jacks Florida pompano
Jacks Banded Rudderfish
Jacks Lesser Amberjack
Mackerels King mackerel (kingfish)
Mackerels Spanish mackerel
Mackerels Cero mackerel
Mullet Striped mullet
Mullet Black mullet
Mullet Silver mullet
Other fish Other fish
Other fish Ladyfish
Porgy Red porgy
Porgy Jolthead porgy
Porgy Sheepshead
Redfish (Red Drum) Red Drum (Redfish)
Reef fishes Hogfish
Sea Bass Black sea bass
Shark Sharpnose shark
Shark Tiger Shark
Shark Greater Hammerhead
Shark Bull
Shark Black Tip
Shark Nurse
Shark Sawtooth
Shark Bonnet Head
Shark Lemon
ShellFish Blue crab
ShellFish Oysters
ShellFish Clams
Snappers Red snapper
Snappers Vermilion snapper (baseball bat)
Snappers Yellowtail snapper
Snappers Lane snapper
Snappers Gray snapper (mangrove or black snapper)
Snappers Mutton snapper
Snappers Blackfin snapper
Snappers Mahogany snapper
Snappers Queen Snapper
Snook Common snook
Snook Fat snook
Snook Tarpon snook
Snook Swordspine snook
Spotted Sea Trout Spotted Sea Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tilefish  Blueline tilefish
Tilefish  Goldface tilefish
Trigger fishes Gray triggerfish
Trigger fishes Queen triggerfish
Tunas Bluefish
Tunas Little tunny (bonito)
Tunas Blackfin tuna
Tunas Yellowfin tuna


Fish Species by Common Name - Alphabetical Order

Species Common Name Fish Family
African pompano Jacks
Almaco jack Jacks
American shad Freshwater
Banded Rudderfish Jacks
Black crappie Freshwater
Black drum Drums and Croakers
Black Grouper Groupers
Black mullet Mullet
Black sea bass Sea Bass
Black Tip shark Shark
Blackfin snapper Snappers
Blackfin tuna Tunas
Blue crab ShellFish
Blue marlin Billfish
Blue tilapia Freshwater
Bluefish Tunas
Bluegill Freshwater
Blueline tilefish Tilefish 
Bonefish Bonefish
Bonnet Head shark Shark
Brook Trout Freshwater
Brown Trout Freshwater
Bull Shark
Cero mackerel Mackerels
Chain pickerel Freshwater
Channel catfish Freshwater
Clams ShellFish
Cobia Cobia
Common snook Snook
Crevalle jack Jacks
Croaker Drums and Croakers
Dolphin (Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi)
Fat snook Snook
Flathead catfish Freshwater
Florida gar Freshwater
Florida pompano Jacks
Gag (gray grouper) Groupers
Goldface tilefish Tilefish 
Goliath grouper Groupers
Gray snapper (mangrove or black snapper) Snappers
Gray triggerfish Trigger fishes
Greater amberjack Jacks
Greater Hammerhead shark Shark
Gulf flounder Flounder
Hogfish Reef fishes
Jolthead porgy Porgy
King mackerel (kingfish) Mackerels
Ladyfish Other fish
Lane snapper Snappers
Large mouth bass Freshwater
Lemon shark Shark
Lesser Amberjack Jacks
Lionfish Exotics
Little tunny (bonito) Tunas
Mahogany snapper Snappers
Mayan cichlid Freshwater
Mutton snapper Snappers
Nassau grouper Groupers
Nurse shark Shark
Other fish Exotics
Other fish Other fish
Oysters ShellFish
Peacock bass Freshwater
Permit Jacks
Pigfish Grunts
Queen Snapper Snappers
Queen triggerfish Trigger fishes
Rainbow Trout Freshwater
Red Drum (Redfish) Redfish (Red Drum)
Red grouper Groupers
Red porgy Porgy
Red snapper Snappers
Redbreast sunfish Freshwater
Redear sunfish Freshwater
Sailfish Billfish
Sand sea trout Drums and Croakers
Sawtooth Shark
Scamp Groupers
Sharpnose shark Shark
Sheepshead Porgy
Shoal bass Freshwater
Silver mullet Mullet
Silver sea trout Drums and Croakers
Southern flounder Flounder
Spanish mackerel Mackerels
Spot Drums and Croakers
Spotted bass Freshwater
Spotted Sea Trout Spotted Sea Trout
Spotted sunfish Freshwater
Striped bass Freshwater
Striped mullet Mullet
Summer flounder Flounder
Sunshine bass Freshwater
Suwannee bass Freshwater
Swordfish Billfish
Swordspine snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon
Tarpon snook Snook
Tiger Shark Shark
Tomtate Grunts
Vermilion snapper (baseball bat) Snappers
Warmouth Freshwater
Warsaw grouper Groupers
Weakfish Drums and Croakers
White bass Freshwater
White grunt Grunts
White marlin Billfish
Yellowfin Grouper Groupers
Yellowfin tuna Tunas
Yellowmouth Grouper Groupers
Yellowtail snapper Snappers



Start Counting

  1. Prepare: print and pack a catch log and pen in your tackle box.
  2. Record: your fishing trip and catch data on your catch log.
  3. Enter: enter your catch online soon after your trip.
  4. Share: provide a photo from your trip (optional).

About Your Data

  • We may contact you to spot verify trip data.
  • We will provide summary reports to users, user groups and partners in fishery science management.

  • Questions? Contact us using the information on this page.