Catch & Keep Anglers receive bronze pins for catching fish that meet the minimum weight requirements for 22 eligible species. Anglers must have their catch weighed on a certified weigh station and submit an affidavit and photo of their catch to the Sportfishing Awards Coordinator.
Catch & Release Anglers receive bronze pins for catching (and immediately releasing) fish that meet the minimum length requirements for 22 eligible species. Anglers must measure their catch against a standard measuring device (e.g. ruler or measuring board), photograph, and immediately release the fish at the site of capture. An affidavit [link] and photo must be submitted to the Sportfishing Awards Coordinator.
Anglers who catch the largest (Catch & Keep) and longest (Catch & Release) fish in each category in a calendar year receive a gold pin and plaque, in addition to their bronze pin. Gold Pin Winners are honored in a MassWildlife awards event held each year.