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
|Species||Division||Name||Heaviest Fish||Weigh Station||Town of Residence|
|Black Sea Bass||Men||Frank Mazzulli||5 lb. 12 oz.||Fore River Fishing Tackle||Quincy|
|Women||Crystle Calvin||4 lb. 8 oz.||Uncle Ken's||Dartmouth|
|Bluefish||Men||Tavin Beagle||18 lb. 10 oz.||Nantucket Anglers Club||Los Altos, CA|
|Women||Brenna McCoubrey||15 lb. 12 oz.||Powder Horn Outfitters||Marstons Mills|
|Fluke||Men||Garret Krzynowek||9 lb. 8 oz.||Falmouth Bait & Tackle||Ware|
|Halibut||Men||Ed Norton||52 lb. 6 oz.||Belsans Bait & Tackle||Marshfield|
|Scup||Men||Matthew Kelly||2 lb. 8 oz.||Surfland Bait & Tackle||Boxford|
|Women||Beverly Bergeron||2 lb. 13 oz.||Dick's Bait & Tackle||West Tisbury|
|Junior||Joseph Pearle||2 lb. 9 oz.||M & D's||East Wareham|
|Striped Bass||Men||Justin Fine||46 lb.||Belsan's Bait & Tackle||Cohasset|
|Tautog||Women||Ashley Brown||10 lb. 13 oz.||Wareham|
|Wahoo*||Men||Derek Wittkamper||182 lb. 12 oz.||Falmouth Bait & Tackle||Rowley|
|Winter Flounder||Men||Rob Thompson||4 lb. 13 oz.||Belsan's Bait & Tackle||Marshfield|
|Yellowfin Tuna||Men||Steve Dowler||91 lb. 13 oz.||Dick's Bait & Tackle||Vineyard Haven|
*New state record