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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
Albacore     
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     
Bonito     
Cod     
Cusk     
Dolphin     
False Albacore     
FlukeMenGarret Krzynowek9 lb. 8 oz.Falmouth Bait & TackleWare
Haddock     
HalibutMenEd Norton52 lb. 6 oz.Belsans Bait & TackleMarshfield
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'sEast Wareham
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenJustin Fine46 lb.Belsan's Bait & TackleCohasset
Swordfish     
Tautog WomenAshley Brown10 lb. 13 oz. Wareham
Thresher Shark     
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

*New state record