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
|Species||Division||Name||Heaviest Fish||Weigh Station||Town of Residence|
|Black Sea Bass|
|Bluefish||Men||Scott Webber||18 lbs||Never Home Bait & Tackle|
|Scup||Men||Walter Kelly||3 lbs 1 oz||Maco's Bait & Tackle|
|Striped Bass||Men||Jeff Fortin||64 lbs 10 oz||Falmouth Bait & Tackle|
*New state record