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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 2015 there were 24 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. Captain Joe Huckemeyer of the Helen H was a Skillful Skipper winner in 2015. The awards ceremony takes place in February. See all the photos on our Flickr page!

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2015 Winners as of 12/15/15

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Black Sea BassMenKevin Cheung5 lbs 10 ozTomos Bait & TackleQuincy
 WomenValerie Turner4 lbs 15 ozWestport Bait & TackleWestport
 JuniorBenjamin Laliberte5 lbs 0 ozNever Home Bait & TackleBristol, RI
BluefishMenGreg Pearson18 lbsGoose HummockBrewster
 WomenKatie Bluemer12 lbs 6 ozJC's Mobile Bait & TackleDeer Park, IL
 JuniorGage Defazio15 lbs 3 ozFalmouth Bait & TackleWebster, NY
Blue Marlin Dr. Ralph DeLaTorre873 lbsFalmouth Bait & TackleNewton
BonitoMenMichael Singer5 lbs 6 ozSports PortNatick
 WomenAmy Vickers8 lbs 7 ozVineyard DerbyChilmark
FlukeMenBill Byrne15 lbs 4 ozPowderhorn OutfittersToms River, NJ
 WomenJackie Capute11 lbs 1 ozPowderhorn OutfittersCenterville
Mako SharkMenKevin Cheung302 lbsPowderhorn OutfittersQuincy
Porbeagle SharkMenMike Evensen483 lbsBelsan's Bait & TackleScituate
ScupMenKevin Lavimodiere3 lbs 15 ozRed TopNorth Attleboro
 WomenJenna Goldstein3 lbsCherry's BaitKingston
 JuniorArthur Rossignol2 lbs 4 ozRed TopTaunton
Spanish MackerelWomenJanna O'Shaughnessy5 lbs 11 ozCoop's Bait & TackleEdgartown
Striped BassMenFred Skaff53 lbs 2 ozSurfland Bait & TackleHaverhill
 WomenTheresa Cicco41 lbs 4 ozM & D Bait & TackleWareham
 JuniorJoshua Pierce36 lbs 15 ozPowderhorn OutfittersHumble, TX
Tautog MenAlexander Kalife9 lbs 5 ozNever Home Bait & TackleNew Bedford
 JuniorKanbe Mao9 lbs 6 ozWestport Bait & TackleDorchester
Winter FlounderJunior (tie)Ben O'Connor3 lbs 8 ozTomos TackleSalem
 Junior (tie)John Crawford3 lbs 8 ozHull Bait & TackleHudson, NH