Coastal Angler Magazine Orlando, Fishing Florida Radio and our event sponsors proudly present the 7th Annual Central Florida Shad and Crappie Derby to be held From November 1st, 2015 through February 28th, 2016 in the Greater Orlando area. The five month long catch photo and release (CPR) derby is free to all anglers who register at any of our derby sponsor sign-up spots. Anglers are permitted to fish anywhere they choose in Florida, and as much as they want during the derby timeframe. All participants must log into and upload their photos to All photos must be taken using the official derby measuring device and include the official derby sponsor token.

American and Hickory shad are an anadromous species that return to the St. Johns River every spring to spawn, and their run is the closest we Floridians will ever see to the salmon runs experienced in the northeastern and northwestern coasts of North America. Crappies on the other hand are year round residents of Central Florida that inhabit all freshwater lakes and waterways. Black crappies are abundant during the colder months of the year and they are fun to catch using the same tackle, baits and techniques as shad.