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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 5/22/2017

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Albacore     
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea Bass     
BluefishMenScott Webber18 lbsNever Home Bait & Tackle 
Bluefin Tuna     
Blue Shark     
Blue Marlin     
Bonito     
Cod     
Cusk     
Dolphin     
False Albacore     
Fluke     
Haddock     
Halibut     
King Mackerel     
Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
Pollock     
Porbeagle Shark     
ScupMenWalter Kelly3 lbs 1 ozMaco's Bait & Tackle 
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenJeff Fortin64 lbs 10 ozFalmouth Bait & Tackle 
Swordfish     
Tautog      
Thresher Shark     
Wahoo*     
Weakfish     
Winter Flounder     
Yellowfin Tuna     

*New state record