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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 2015, there were 24 winners in the Weigh-In Derby and Captain Joe Huckemeyer of the Helen H was a Skillful Skipper winner. Awards were presented during a ceremony at the 2016 New England Boat Show in Boston..

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2016 Leaders as of 09/27/2016

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Albacore     
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea BassMenFrank Mazzulli5 lb. 12 oz.Fore River Fishing TackleQuincy
WomenCrystle Calvin4 lb. 12 oz.Uncle Ken'sDartmouth
JuniorJack Gulachenski6 lb. 5 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersSouthboro
BluefishMenTavin Beagle18 lb. 10 oz.Nantucket Anglers ClubLos Altos, CA
WomenBrenna McCoubrey15 lb. 12 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersMarstons Mills
JuniorJohn Clark12 lb. 4 oz.M & D Bait & TackleMarion
Bluefin Tuna     
Blue Shark     
Blue Marlin     
BonitoMenJR Magee5 lb. 6 oz.M & D Bait & TackleForestdale
 Men (tie)Mike Singer5 lb. 6 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersNatick
Cod     
Cusk     
DolphinMenPrimo Lombardi22 lb. 11 oz.Dick's Bait & TackleWest Tisbury
WomenJoanne Cameron17 lb.Never Home Bait & TackleMattapoisett
False Albacore     
FlukeMenEmilson Leite15 lb. 6 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersGatiterburg, MD
WomenKeely Ahlstrom13 lb. 13 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersOrleans
JuniorWilliam Seaberg11 lb. 15 oz.Nantucket Anglers ClubSudbury
Haddock     
HalibutMenMatthew Watts73 lb.Fishing FinaticsBoston
WomenKay Starzynski102 lb.North Atlantic TradersWheatfield, Indiana
King Mackerel     
Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
Pollock     
Porbeagle Shark     
ScupMenMatthew Kelly2 lb. 8 oz.Surfland Bait & TackleBoxford
WomenBeverly Bergeron2 lb. 13 oz.Dick's Bait & TackleWest Tisbury
JuniorJoseph Pearle2 lb. 9 oz.M & D Bait & TackleEast Wareham
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenMichael Jones53 lb. 14 oz.MGC Fishing SupplyCarver
WomenAmy Burrell51 lb. 10 oz.Powderhorn OutfittersMashpee
JuniorHunter Bows39 lb. 10 oz. Plymouth
Swordfish     
Tautog WomenAshley Brown10 lb. 13 oz. Wareham
Thresher SharkMenSam Jaxtimer405 lb. 5 oz.Nantucket Anglers ClubOsterville
Wahoo*MenDerek Wittkamper182 lb. 12 oz.Falmouth Bait & TackleRowley
Weakfish     
Winter FlounderMenRob Thompson4 lb. 13 oz.Belsan's Bait & TackleMarshfield
Yellowfin TunaMenSteve Dowler91 lb. 13 oz.Dick's Bait & TackleVineyard Haven
 JuniorJack Willis92 lb.Powderhorn OutfittersBarnstable

*New state record