Since 1983, the Division has been hosting the annual Weigh-In Derby. All fish entered must be legally caught on hook and line, and measured at an official Division-certified weigh station.
All confirmed entries will receive a Derby pin. Awards will be given to those anglers catching the heaviest of each species for each of the three divisions: Mens, Womens, and Juniors (boys and girls aged 15 and younger). A Skillful Skipper award is presented to a for-hire (charter boat or head-boat) captain who has at least three Derby-winning fish caught on his or her boat.
In 2016, there were 31 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. Awards were presented during a ceremony at the 2017 New England Boat Show in Boston.
Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2017 Leaders as of 7/24/2017
|Species||Division||Name||Heaviest Fish||Weigh Station||Town of Residence|
|Black Sea Bass||Men||Russell DiMauro||6 lbs 9 oz||M & D Bait & Tackle||Sudbury|
|Women||Kristine Fu||4 lbs 14 oz||Dick's Bait & Tackle||Whippany, NJ|
|Junior||Madison Sexton||5 lbs 5 oz||Red Top Sporting Goods||Bourne|
|Bluefish||Men||Scott Webber||18 lbs||Never Home Bait & Tackle||Fairhaven|
|Junior||Benjamin O'Connor||11 lbs 6 oz||Tomo's Bait & Tackle||Salem|
|Fluke||Men||Ken Whiting||10 lbs 1 oz||Riverview Bait & Tackle||Harwich|
|Junior||Nick Broughton||4 lbs||Never Home Bait & Tackle||Wrentham|
|Scup||Men||Gerry Wojkowski||3 lbs 7 oz||Forestdale Bait & Tackle||Marstons Mills|
|Women||Marisa Eddlem||2 lbs 10 oz||Never Home Bait & Tackle||Taunton|
|Junior||Faith Sexton||2 lbs 5 oz||Red Top Sporting Goods||Bourne|
|Striped Bass||Men||Jeff Fortin||64 lbs 10 oz||Falmouth Bait & Tackle||Walpole|
|Junior||Curtis Briggs||32 lbs 5 oz||Red Top Sporting Goods||Wareham|
|Tautog||Women||Cathy Wilson||13 lbs 10 oz||Goose Hummock||Brewster|
|Junior||Lexie True||7 lbs 2 oz||Never Home Bait & Tackle||Freetown|
|Winter Flounder||Men||Ron Powers||4 lbs 3 oz||Fore River Fishing Tackle||Stoneham|
|Junior||Gianni Salisbury||3 lbs 4 oz||Fore River Fishing Tackle||Westbrook, CT|
*New state record