Saltwater Fishing Derby
Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing
Sponsored by MarineFisheries
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 or head boat captains having 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 on a certified scale at an official weigh station. Weighmasters can be found at most local marinas and tackle shops (see list go to www.mass.gov/marinefisheries). We would also like to remind participants that every 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 1st.
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.
Minimum WT (lb.)
|Black Sea Bass||4|
2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby Winners
|Black Sea Bass||Men||5 lb. 12 oz.||Frank Mazzulli|
|Women||4 lb. 12 oz.||Crystle Calvin|
|Junior||6 lb. 5 oz.||Jack Gulachenski|
|Bluefish||Men||18 lb. 10 oz.||Tavin Beagle|
|Women||15 lb. 12 oz.||Brenna McCoubrey|
|Junior||12 lb. 4 oz.||John Clark|
|Bonito||Men||9 lb. 12 oz.||Brian Nunes-Vais|
|Women||10 lb. 2 oz.||Tammy King|
|Dolphin||Men||24 lb. 5 oz.||Alex Avila|
|Women||17 lb.||Joanne Cameron|
|False Albacore||Women||10 lb. 6 oz.||Frances Clay|
|Junior||11 lb. 13 oz.||Dylan Kadison|
|Fluke||Men||15 lb. 6 oz.||Emilson Leite|
|Women||13 lb. 13 oz.||Keely Ahlstrom|
|Junior||11 lb. 15 oz.||William Seaberg|
|Halibut||Men||89 lb.||Jeff Lema|
|Women||102 lb.||Kay Starzynski|
|King Mackerel||Men||6 lb. 14 oz.||Bill Potter|
|Scup||Men||2 lb. 8 oz.||Matthew Kelly|
|Women||2 lb. 13 oz.||Beverly Bergeron|
|Junior||2 lb. 9 oz.||Joseph Pearle|
|Striped Bass||Men||53 lb. 14 oz.||Michael Jones|
|Women||51 lb. 10 oz.||Amy Burrell|
|Junior||49 lb. 6 oz.||Michael Bridges|
|Tautog||Men||9 lb. 14 oz.||John Pettersen|
|Women||10 lb. 13 oz.||Ashley Brown|
|Men||405 lb. 5 oz.||Sam Jaxtimer|
|Men||182 lb. 12 oz.||Derek Wittkamper|
|Men||4 lb. 13 oz.||Rob Thompson|
|Men||91 lb. 13 oz.||Steve Dowler|
|Junior||92 lb.||Jack Willis|
* New state record
2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Catch and Release Derby Winners
|Striped Bass||47″||Frank Mazzulli|
|Winter Flounder||20″||Mark Forrester|
|False Albacore||28″||Ray Jarvis|
Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Catch and Release Derby
Obtain and complete an official derby affidavit from www.mass.gov/marinefisheries. Fish must be released alive—no use of gaffs or harpoons. Fish must be boated and measured for total length (closed jaw to tip of tail, tail may be squeezed together for measurement) except for false albacore which is measured to the fork of the tail. Lengths should be measured to the nearest 1⁄2 inch.
A photograph of the fish should be included with the affidavit at the time of submission. Exceptions will be made for digital photos which can be e-mailed in a timely manner to firstname.lastname@example.org. The photo must show the side profile of the fish and include a clearly discernible measuring device.
Anglers may submit multiple entries but may earn only one citation per species per year. Only one trophy will be given for the largest of each species per year. Catch and release of any four eligible species by an angler within the year will qualify for a “Grand Slam” release award. Only one “Grand Slam” award will be given out per year to the greatest cumulative length. In the event of a tie for any catch and release award, the earliest entry will be used as the tiebreaker.
Additional Rules for Catch and Release Awards
New Changes to the Derby Coming Spring 2017!