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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 7/24/2017

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea BassMenRussell DiMauro6 lbs 9 ozM & D Bait & TackleSudbury
 WomenKristine Fu4 lbs 14 ozDick's Bait & TackleWhippany, NJ
 JuniorMadison Sexton5 lbs 5 ozRed Top Sporting GoodsBourne
BluefishMenScott Webber18 lbsNever Home Bait & TackleFairhaven
 JuniorBenjamin O'Connor11 lbs 6 ozTomo's Bait & TackleSalem
Bluefin Tuna     
Blue Shark     
Blue Marlin     
False Albacore     
FlukeMenKen Whiting10 lbs 1 ozRiverview Bait & TackleHarwich
 JuniorNick Broughton4 lbsNever Home Bait & TackleWrentham
King Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
Porbeagle Shark     
ScupMenGerry Wojkowski3 lbs 7 ozForestdale Bait & TackleMarstons Mills
 WomenMarisa Eddlem2 lbs 10 ozNever Home Bait & TackleTaunton
 JuniorFaith Sexton2 lbs 5 ozRed Top Sporting GoodsBourne
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenJeff Fortin64 lbs 10 ozFalmouth Bait & TackleWalpole
 JuniorCurtis Briggs32 lbs 5 ozRed Top Sporting GoodsWareham
Tautog WomenCathy Wilson13 lbs 10 ozGoose HummockBrewster
 JuniorLexie True7 lbs 2 ozNever Home Bait & TackleFreetown
Thresher Shark     
Winter FlounderMenRon Powers4 lbs 3 ozFore River Fishing TackleStoneham
 JuniorGianni Salisbury3 lbs 4 ozFore River Fishing TackleWestbrook, CT
Yellowfin Tuna     

*New state record