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Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing Derby

Divisions: The saltwater fishing derby is divided into three major divisions—Inshore, Groundfish, and Pelagic.

Each division features:

  • 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 given to anglers age 15 and under, and
  • Pins given to ALL eligible entries collected during the Derby. (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; 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 Marine Fisheries

836 S. Rodney French Blvd.

New Bedford, MA 02744

john.boardman@mass.gov

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

NA

NA

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

5

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

100

30

Porbeagle Shark

150

60

Shortfin Mako

250

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

Prizes and Recognition

In addition to the pin, winners will receive a plaque and certificate commemorating their catch at our annual awards celebration.

  • Ceremony takes place during the New England Boat and RV Show
  • FREE entry to the New England Boat and RV Show for the winning angler and their guest(s)
  • Entry to a private Mass DMF, family-friendly reception directly following the ceremony

Special awards are also given out to the two anglers (adult and junior) who have the most Derby-winning fish: weigh-in and Catch and Release, or combined. Awards for “Top Shop” (the tackle shop that weighs in the most derby eligible fish) and “Skillful Skipper” will receive free advertising in our 2022 saltwater sportfish guide.

2021 Catch and Release Derby Winners

Species

Division

Length (inches)

Angler

Black Sea Bass

Adult

23"

John LaRose

Bluefish

Adult

33"

Richard Trifone

Junior

28"

John Clark

Blue Marlin

Junior

100"

John Clark

Cod

Adult

30"

Bertigio Cordero

Dolphin Fish

Adult

38"

Guido DiPietro III

False Albacore

Adult

26.5"

Candace Gustafson

Fluke

Adult

27"

Guido DiPietro III

Haddock

Adult

23"

Guido DiPietro III

Mackerel

Adult

17"

Bruce Wilson

Scup

Adult

17"

Jason Colby

Striped Bass

Adult

46"

Michael Singer

Tautog

Adult

26"

David Anderson

Weakfish

Adult

25"

James Cabral

2021 Derby Winners

Species

Division

Weight

Angler

Big Eye Tuna

Junior

174 lbs 9 oz

John Clark

Black Sea Bass

Men

5 lbs 9 oz

Anthony Deicicchi

Women

Junior

6 lbs 3 oz

Nico Orsine

Bluefish

Men

17 lbs 8 oz

Cody Peterson

Women

12 lbs

Jo-Ann Webster

Bonito

Men

13 lbs 4 oz

Joe Thompson

Women

10 lbs 12 oz

Midge Jacobs

Junior

11 lbs 10 oz

Elizabeth Thompson

Mahi

Men

20 lbs 14 oz

Andrew Jacobs

Junior

20 lbs 0 oz

John Clark

False Albacore

Women

8 lbs 4 oz

Anna Jacobs

Junior

11 lbs 13 oz

Elizabeth Thompson

Fluke

Men

13 lbs 14 oz

David Erhart

Halibut

Men

87 lbs 8 oz

Roger Stolte

King Mackerel

Men

7 lbs 7 oz

Robert Huffmire

Junior

7 lbs 7 oz

Nikita Kleeman

Porbeagle Shark

Men

424 lbs 0 oz

Tim Keenan

Scup

Men

3 lbs 13 oz

Lambro Ellinas

Junior

2 lbs 13 oz

Cole Smith

Tautog

Men

10 lbs 13 oz

Robert Morrison

Wahoo

Men

101 lbs 2 oz

Jeffrey Granville

Winter Flounder

Men

3 lbs 3 oz

Bob Dauphinee

Yellowfin Tuna

Junior

57 lbs 4 oz

John Clark

2021 Anglers of the Year

Division

Angler

Adult

Guido DiPietro III

Junior

John Clark