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 2013 there were 35 winners in the Weigh-In Derby. The awards ceremony takes place in early February at the Eastern Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Worcester, MA. See all the photos on our flickr page!

Massachusetts Saltwater Weigh-In Derby 2014 Leaders as of 8/27/14

SpeciesDivisionNameHeaviest FishWeigh StationTown of Residence
Albacore     
Bigeye Tuna     
Black Sea BassMenEddie Cheung6 lbs 9 ozRed TopQuincy
 JuniorAshton Demelo4 lbsNever Home Bait & TackleNew Bedford
Bluefin Tuna     
BluefishMenArthur Wood19 lbsBelsan Bait & TackleScituate
 JuniorWill Chatterton16 lbs 2 ozBelsan Bait & TackleScituate
Blue Shark     
Bonito     
Cod     
CuskJuniorHannah Hibbert24 lbs 14 ozYankee TackleMeridith, NH
Dolphin     
False Albacore     
FlukeMenEd Buccigross9 lbs 10 ozBelsan Bait & TackleAbington
 WomenMarion Pope9 lbs 3 ozNever Home Bait & TackleStoughton
Haddock     
Halibut     
King Mackerel     
Mackerel     
Mako Shark     
Pollock     
Porbeagle Shark     
ScupMenCapt. Mike Black3 lbs 15 ozM & D'sLarchmont, NY
 WomenElizabeth Soares2 lbs 8 ozRed TopBourne
 JuniorMadison Sexton2 lbs 8 ozRed TopBourne
Spanish Mackerel     
Striped BassMenScott Ledin57 lbs 11 ozCanal Bait & TackleKingston
 WomenMary Gagnon41 lbs 8 ozCanal Bait & TackleSandwich
 JuniorMichael Bridges42 lbs 14 ozCanal Bait & TackleBarnstable
Swordfish     
Tautog MenJooquim Pereira9 lbs 8 ozUncle Ken'sNew Bedford
Thresher Shark     
Wahoo     
Weakfish     
Winter FlounderMenScott Filion4 lbs 12 ozFore River Fishing TackleCohasset
 WomenRoseAnne Dimino3 lbs 1 ozFishing FinaticsMalden
 JuniorStephen Stroz3 lbs 12 ozFore River Fishing TackleShrewsbury
Yellowfin Tuna