Each year, January 1 through November 30, MarineFisheries conducts the Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby. This is a free derby, meaning no entry fees. Fish entered must be caught by hook and line and measured and weighed at a MarineFisheries-certified official weigh station. All entries will receive a derby pin and at the end of the derby year, trophies will be awarded to anglers who landed the heaviest fish in each species category. Winners are chosen in three divisions - men, women, and juniors (age 15 and younger). There is also a "Skillful Skipper" award, which is presented to a for-hire captain who has three derby winning fish caught on their boat.
In 2014 there were 23 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. The awards ceremony takes place in February. See all the photos on our flickr page!
Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2015 Leaders as of 7/1/15
|Species||Division||Name||Heaviest Fish||Weigh Station||Town of Residence|
|Black Sea Bass||Women||Sarah Dowling||4 lbs 5 oz||Canal Bait & Tackle||Barnstable|
|Fluke||Men||Stevin Moniz||11 lbs||Uncle Ken's||Dartmouth|
|Women||Pam Silvia||9 lbs 14 oz||Dick's Bait & Tackle||Vineyard Haven|
|Scup||Men||Kevin Lavimodiere||3 lbs 15 oz||Red Top||North Attleboro|
|Junior||Arthur Rossignol||2 lbs 4 oz||Red Top||Taunton|
|Striped Bass||Men||Fred Skaff||53 lbs 2 oz||Surfland Bait & Tackle||Haverhill|
|Tautog||Men||Augusto Andre||8 lbs 10 oz||Belsan's Bait & Tackle||Scituate|
|Junior||Kanbe Mao||9 lbs 6 oz||Westport Bait & Tackle||Dorchester|
|Winter Flounder||Junior||Ben O'Connor||3 lbs 8 oz||Tomos Tackle||Salem|