Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby

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Eligible Species

Minimum WT (lbs)

Albacore

30

Bigeye Tuna

100

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

Sea Bass

4

Spanish Mackerel

4

Striped Bass

35

Swordfish

150

Tautog

8

Thresher Shark

200

Wahoo

30

Weakfish

8

Winter Flounder

3

Yellowfin Tuna

50

Rules

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will acknowledge catches of outstanding saltwater gamefish that meet certain requirements. Eligible species and minimum qualifying weights are listed below:

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 3 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). We would also like to remind participants that any entry must be caught in State Controlled waters and/or first landed in a Massachusetts port.

To enter fill out an official affidavit and have it certified at a weigh station. A list of weigh stations can be found on our website. 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 9th.

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.

Have a favorite fishing related photograph?

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We are looking for photos to 'liven up' the pages ot the Saltwater Recreational Fishing Guide. Whether it is of the family fishing trip or of the 'Big One' that didn't get away, you can contribute. Please submit all photos to:

Saltwater Fishing Guide
Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries

30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

or

E-mail: Matt.Ayer@state.ma.us


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