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Saltwater Fishing Derby

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing

New Divisions

NEW for 2018, the Saltwater Fishing Derby has been divided into three major divisions:

“Inshore”, “Groundfish” and “Pelagic”

All three divisions will continue following the established rules from last years Derby, including:

  • A Weigh-In category and a Catch and Release category (unless otherwise noted)
  • Adult awards given to the top Male and Female for each species in the Weigh-In category
  • Junior awards will be given to anglers age 15 and under
  • ALL eligible entries collected during the Derby will receive a pin. Anglers may submit multiple entries, but will receive only one pin per species per year for their qualifying catch.

Weigh-In Derby: fish being entered in the weigh-in portion of the Derby should be brought to one of our many certified weigh stations scattered along the coast for verification.

Catch and Release Derby: fish being entered in the catch and release portion should be measured to the nearest half inch and a clear photo taken of both the measuring device and the fish, indicating total or fork length is needed for verification.

Entry forms and photos: Derby entry forms are available on our website and at most bait and tackle shops. Derby entry forms and photos should be sent to the address provided below, attn. John Boardman. Photos can also be shared with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by tagging:

#MAsaltwaterderby

Website: full derby rules, downloadable entry forms, official Derby weigh station locations, and leader boards can be found on our website:

www.mass.gov/saltwater-fishing-derby

Time Frame: The Derby runs January 1­ through November 30.

Mailing Address:

Massachusetts Division of Marne Fisheries

836 S. Rodney French Blvd.

New Bedford, MA 02744

John.boardman@state.ma.us

Inshore Derby

Species

Weigh-In (lb.)

Catch and Release (in.)

Adult

Junior

Adult

Junior

Atlantic Bonito

5

4

24

22

Atlantic Mackerel

2

1

16

15

Black Sea Bass

4

2

20

15

Bluefish

12

6

32

26

Dolphinfish

15

5

30

24

False Albacore

10

7

25

23

Fluke

7

3

22

18

King Mackerel

6

4

30

28

Scup

2

1

15

12

Spanish Mackerel

4

3

24

22

Striped Bass

35

15

40

32

Tautog

8

4

20

18

Weakfish

8

4

22

18

Winter Flounder

3

2

17

14

Groundfish Derby*

Species

Weigh-In (lb.)

Catch and Release (in.)

Atlantic Cod

30

30

Atlantic Halibut

50

50

Cusk

20

25

Haddock

8

20

Pollock

12

30

Large Pelagic Derby*

Species

Weigh-In (lb.)

Catch and Release (in.)

Albacore

30

30

Atlantic Sailfish

40

63

Bigeye Tuna

100

30

Blue Marlin

350

99

Blue Shark

300

60

Bluefin Tuna

500

30

Porbeagle Shark

150

60

Shortfin Mako

150

60

Swordfish

150

55

Thresher Shark

200

65

Wahoo

30

40

White Marlin

60

66

Yellowfin Tuna

50

30

* Junior entries in this category must meet the listed criteria