Spanish mackerel saltwater derby winner


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 2013 there were 35 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. The awards ceremony takes place in early February at the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Worcester, MA. See all the photos on our flickr page!

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2014 Leaders as of 11/13/14

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea BassMenEddie Cheung6 lbs 9 ozRed TopQuincy
 JuniorLucas Amaral5 lbs 6 ozMain Bait & TackleBerkley
Bluefin Tuna     
BluefishMenArthur Wood19 lbsBelsan Bait & TackleScituate
 JuniorWill Chatterton16 lbs 2 ozBelsan Bait & TackleScituate
Blue Shark     
BonitoMenKen Panacek9 lbs 14 ozNantucket Anglers ClubNantucket
 WomenMaryann Nunes-Vais8 lbs 1 ozMartha's Vineyard DerbyMorris Plains, NJ
CuskJuniorHannah Hibbert24 lbs 14 ozYankee TackleMeridith, NH
False AlbacoreJuniorMason Warburton13 lbs 3 ozDick's Bait & TackleWest Tisbury
FlukeMenEd Buccigross9 lbs 10 ozBelsan Bait & TackleAbington
 WomenMarion Pope9 lbs 3 ozNever Home Bait & TackleStoughton
King Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
Porbeagle Shark     
ScupMenCapt. Mike Black3 lbs 15 ozM & D'sLarchmont, NY
 WomenElizabeth Soares2 lbs 8 ozRed TopBourne
 JuniorTrevor Kobza3 lbsNever Home Bait & TackleFairhaven
Spanish MackerelMenRichard Trifone4 lbs 7 ozPowderhornE. Sandwich
Striped BassMenScott Ledin57 lbs 11 ozCanal Bait & TackleKingston
 WomenMary Gagnon41 lbs 8 ozCanal Bait & TackleSandwich
 JuniorMichael Bridges42 lbs 14 ozCanal Bait & TackleBarnstable
Tautog MenJohn Serra12 lbs 14 ozJohn's Bait & TackleDartmouth
Thresher Shark     
WahooMenMark Kokoszka80 lbsDick's Bait & TackleTisbury
Winter FlounderMenScott Filion4 lbs 12 ozFore River Fishing TackleCohasset
 WomenRoseAnne Dimino3 lbs 1 ozFishing FinaticsMalden
 JuniorStephen Stroz3 lbs 12 ozFore River Fishing TackleShrewsbury
Yellowfin TunaJuniorAidan Gates56 lbs 13 ozDick's Bait & TackleOak Bluffs