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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. The awards ceremony for the 2015 Derby will take place on February 20 in conjunction with the New England Boat Show in Boston.

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2016 Leaders as of 07/20/2016

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea BassMenFrank Mazzulli5 lb. 12 oz.Fore River Fishing TackleQuincy
WomenCrystle Calvin4 lb. 8 oz.Uncle Ken'sDartmouth
BluefishMenTavin Beagle18 lb. 10 oz.Nantucket Anglers ClubLos Altos, CA
WomenBrenna McCoubrey15 lb. 12 oz.Powder Horn OutfittersMarstons Mills
Bluefin Tuna     
Blue Shark     
Blue Marlin     
False Albacore     
FlukeMenGarret Krzynowek9 lb. 8 oz.Falmouth Bait & TackleWare
HalibutMenEd Norton52 lb. 6 oz.Belsans Bait & TackleMarshfield
King Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
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'sEast Wareham
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenJustin Fine46 lb.Belsan's Bait & TackleCohasset
Tautog WomenAshley Brown10 lb. 13 oz. Wareham
Thresher Shark     
Wahoo*MenDerek Wittkamper182 lb. 12 oz.Falmouth Bait & TackleRowley
Winter FlounderMenRob Thompson4 lb. 13 oz.Belsan's Bait & TackleMarshfield
Yellowfin TunaMenSteve Dowler91 lb. 13 oz.Dick's Bait & TackleVineyard Haven

*New state record