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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby

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At the end of each derby year, trophies will be awarded to anglers who landed the heaviest fish in each species category. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: men’s, women’s, and junior’s (age fifteen and younger). In addition a “Skillful Skipper” award is presented to any charter/head boat captain who has three derby winning fish caught on their boat per year.

The derby runs from January 1 through November 30 each year and is open to all age groups. Fish entered must be caught in a fair and sporting manner on hook and line and must be measured and weighed at an official weigh ­station on a certified scale. Weighmasters can be found at most local marinas and tackle shops (see list, Bait & Tackle Shops or go to www.mass.gov/marinefisheries). We would also like to remind participants that any entry must be caught in state waters and/or first landed in a Massachusetts port.

To enter, fill out an official affidavit from our website and have it certified at a weigh station. Please write clearly and provide all information requested. Affidavits that are illegible or incomplete cannot be accepted. Mail affidavits to: Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby, Quest Center, 1213 Purchase St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Entries must be received within 30 days of catch and be postmarked no later than December 5th.

Special awards are offered for new state records. If your catch exceeds the weight listed on the current list of Massachusetts Saltwater Gamefish Records, you may qualify for a special award. All weigh stations have been provided with a copy of the current list. When applying for a new state record your affidavit must be accompanied by a clear photograph of your catch with your name, address and telephone number on the back.

Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby

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Eligible
Species

Minimum WT (lbs)

Albacore

30

Bigeye Tuna

100

Black Sea Bass

4

Bluefish

12

Bluefin Tuna

500

Blue Shark

300

Bonito

5

Cod

30

Cusk

20

Dolphin

15

False Albacore

10

Fluke

7

Haddock

8

Halibut

50

King Mackerel

6

Mackerel

2

Mako

150

Pollock

12

Porbeagle Shark

150

Scup

2

Spanish Mackerel

4

Striped Bass

35

Swordfish

150

Tautog

8

Thresher Shark

200

Wahoo

30

Weakfish

8

Winter Flounder

3

Yellowfin Tuna

50

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