Saltwater Fishing Derby eligibility

Find out if you're eligible for the saltwater Weigh-In Derby or the Catch & Release Derby.

Eligibility Criteria

All saltwater anglers are eligible except:

  • Captains, mates of for-hire vessels, or shore guides while under charter
  • Anyone who is also fishing commercially during a trip
  • Anyone who has been convicted of violating fishery laws or regulations, or who has been the subject of an administrative permit sanction within 5 years of the derby year.

Also note that:

  • Only fish meeting eligible weights or lengths are eligible for awards.
  • Anglers age 15 and under are eligible for the junior derby category.
  • Anglers age 16 and older must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing permit

Contact   for Saltwater Fishing Derby eligibility


John Boardman, Aquatic Biologist & Derby Coordinator
836 South Rodney French Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02744

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