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Saltwater Fishing Derby

Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations 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.

Eligible
Species

Minimum WT (lb.)

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

2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby Winners

Species

Division

Heaviest Fish

Angler

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

Thresher Shark

Men 405 lb. 5 oz. Sam Jaxtimer

Wahoo*

Men 182 lb. 12 oz. Derek Wittkamper

Winter Flounder

Men 4 lb. 13 oz. Rob Thompson

Yellowfin Tuna

Men 91 lb. 13 oz. Steve Dowler
Junior 92 lb. Jack Willis

* New state record

2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Catch and Release Derby Winners

Species

Length

Angler

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 12 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 john.boardman@state.ma.us. 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!