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 2014 there were 23 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. The awards ceremony takes place in February. See all the photos on our flickr page!

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2015 Leaders as of 8/31/15

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
BluefishJuniorGage Defazio15 lbs 3 ozFalmouth Bait & TackleWebster, NY
Bonito     
Cusk     
False Albacore     
FlukeMenKarl Gross12 lbs 4 ozNantucket Angler's ClubNantucket
 WomenPam Silvia9 lbs 14 ozDick's Bait & TackleVineyard Haven
ScupMenKevin Lavimodiere3 lbs 15 ozRed TopNorth Attleboro
 WomenJenna Goldstein3 lbsCherry's BaitKingston
 JuniorArthur Rossignol2 lbs 4 ozRed TopTaunton
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenFred Skaff53 lbs 2 ozSurfland Bait & TackleHaverhill
 WomenTheresa Cicco41 lbs 4 ozM & D Bait & TackleWareham
Tautog MenAugusto Andre8 lbs 10 ozBelsan's Bait & TackleScituate
 JuniorKanbe Mao9 lbs 6 ozWestport Bait & TackleDorchester
Wahoo     
Winter FlounderJunior (tie)Ben O'Connor3 lbs 8 ozTomos TackleSalem
 Junior (tie)John Crawford3 lbs 8 ozHull Bait & TackleHudson, NH
Yellowfin Tuna