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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

For immediate release:
2/19/2016
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Department of Fish and Game
  • Division of Marine Fisheries

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

Katie Gronendyke,

Boston — State fisheries officials will present 26 trophies to winners of the 2015 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby at a ceremony at the New England Boat Show in Boston on Saturday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Deputy Commissioner Mary-Lee King, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Director David Pierce, and DMF Assistant Director for Recreational Fisheries Mike Armstrong will present the awards.

“Saltwater fishing is a valued part of Massachusetts’ heritage, culture and economy, and saltwater fishing permits help pay for the important management and conservation of our marine resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The annual Saltwater Fishing Derby is a fun and exciting way to honor the Commonwealth’s saltwater anglers and encourage people to take advantage of the recreational opportunities available on the beautiful Massachusetts coast.”

“These awards remind us that incredible saltwater fishing opportunities are just a few months away for the more than 160,000 licensed salt water recreational anglers in the Commonwealth,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “As an avid fisherman myself, I’m pleased to recognize these exceptional anglers for their fishing skills and outstanding catches.”

“The Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby is a great way to encourage people to enjoy the tremendous fishing that Massachusetts marine environment provides,” said DFG Commissioner George Peterson. “Congratulations to all the skilled anglers for their dedication to fishing and their accomplishment in making these remarkable catches.”

DMF’s Saltwater Fishing Derby awards pins to all qualifying entries in 21 species categories and presents trophies 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 were a total of 75 entries from anglers living in seven states in 2015. Captain Joe Huckemeyer won the Skillful Skipper award for having three of the Derby-winning fish caught on his boat, the Helen H. See chart below for the full list of winners:

 

Weigh-In Derby
Name Town of Residence Division Species Heaviest Fish
Kevin Cheung Quincy Men's Black Sea Bass 5 lb. 10 oz.
Valerie Turner Westport Women's Black Sea Bass 4 lb. 15 oz.
Benjamin Laliberte Bristol, RI Junior's Black Sea Bass 5 lb. 0 oz.
Greg Pearson Brewster Men's Bluefish 18 lb.
Katie Bluemer Deer Park, IL Women's Bluefish 12 lb. 6 oz.
Gage Defazio Webster, NY Junior's Bluefish 15 lb. 3 oz.
Michael Singer Natick Men's Bonito 5 lb. 6 oz.
Amy Vickers Chilmark Women's Bonito 8 lb. 7 oz.
Bill Byrne Toms River, NJ Men's Fluke 15 lb. 4 oz.
Jackie Capute Centerville Women's Fluke 11 lb. 1 oz.
Kevin Cheung Quincy Men's Mako Shark 302 lb.
Mike Evensen Scituate Men's Porbeagle Shark 483 lb.
Kevin Lavimodiere Noth Attleboro Men's Scup 3 lb. 15 oz.
Jenna Goldstein Kingston Women's Scup 3 lb.
Arthur Rossignol Taunton Junior's Scup 2 lb. 4 oz.
Janna O'Shaughnessy Edgartown Women's Spanish Mackerel 5 lb. 11 oz.
Fred Skaff Haverhill Men's Striped Bass 53 lb. 2 oz.
Theresa Cicco Wareham Women's Striped Bass 41 lb. 4 oz.
Joshua Pierce Humble, TX Junior's Striped Bass 36 lb. 15 oz.
Alexander Kalife New Bedford Men's Tautog 9 lb. 5 oz.
Kanbe Mao Dorchester Junior's Tautog 9 lb. 6 oz.
Ben O'Connor Salem Junior Winter Flounder 3 lb. 8 oz.
John Crawford Hudson, NH Junior Winter Flounder 3 lb. 8 oz.
 
Catch and Release Derby Winners
Name Town of Residence Species Length
Ross Kessler Fairhaven False Albacore 29 inches
Michael Rossignol Taunton Fluke 24 inches
Ray Jarvis Berkley Striped Bass 48.5 inches
 
Skillful Skipper
Name Vessel
Captain Joe Huckemeyer Helen H

 

The annual Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby runs from January 1 through November 30 and is free to enter. Each Derby has its own set of rules file size 3MB and target species. To qualify for the weigh-in category of the Saltwater Fishing Derby, entries must be caught by hook and line and weighed in at DMF-certified weigh stations. Anglers participating in the catch and release category of the derby are required to submit a picture of their fish on a measuring device. Click here to learn more about the Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby.

DFG officials ask anglers to practice responsible fishing. DMF’s Responsible Angler Practices Brochure instructs anglers in how to properly handle and release fish, how to use tackle that minimizes unintended harm to fish, and reminds anglers to minimize fight time, properly dispose of trash and unwanted tackle, to use circle hooks, wide gap hooks, and barbless hooks, and to take steps to protect habitat while fishing.

DFG is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Department of Fish and Game 

The Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.

Division of Marine Fisheries 

The Division of Marine Fisheries manages the state’s commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries and oversees other services that support the marine environment and fishing communities.
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