Catch and Release Derby

The Catch-and-Release Derby was initiated in 2009 and runs each year from January 1 through November 30. Six species are eligible for awards: bluefish, Atlantic cod, false albacore, fluke (summer flounder), striped bass, and winter flounder. Each species has a minimum qualifying length which can be found in the Derby rules (click here pdf format of 2016 MA Saltwater Derby Rules
file size 5MB). All anglers who successfully enter fish into the Catch-and-Release Derby receive a certificate of participation.

Anglers catching at least four of the six species, meeting length requirements, will be in contention for a Grand Slam award. Only one Grand Slam award is given each year for the highest cumulative length of any four species entered.

Fishing being entered in the Catch-and-Release Derby must be measured to the nearest half inch. A clear photo of the fish on the measuring device indicating total length must be submitted with the official affidavit (download it here pdf format of Affidavit

Affidavits and photos are sent to:

John Boardman
Division of Marine Fisheries
1213 Purchase Street, 3rd floor
New Bedford, MA 02740


Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2016 Leaders as of 5/24/16
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
Winter FlounderMark Forrester20" 
Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2015 Winners as of 12/15/15
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
False AlbacoreRoss Kessler29" 
FlukeMichael Rossignol24" 
Striped BassRay Jarvis48.5" 
Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2014 Winners
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
False AlbacoreMatthew Welsh30" 
Striped BassMark Remlinger49" 
Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2012 Winners
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
Bluefish (Tie)Frank Mazzulli36"Quincy
Richard Trifone36"
Striped BassFrank Mazzulli48"Quincy
Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2011 Winners
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
BluefishJoe Diodati36"Naples, FL
False AlbacoreFred Radcliffe26.5"Chelsea
Striped BassPeter Gawne47"Rockport
Winter FlounderPeter Gawne21.5"Rockport
Massachusetts Saltwater Catch and Release Derby 2010 Winners
SpeciesNameLengthTown of Residence
BluefishFrank Mazzulli36 inchesQuincy, MA
Striped BassAllison Miles46 inchesChelsea, MA
For more information about this fishing derby, please contact John Boardman