Rules and Regulations

Eligible Fish Species

  • Individuals are competing for the fish species of the longest length for black sea bass, striped bass and bluefish.

Derby Dates and Times

  • The derby begins at 12:01am, June 1st and ends at 11:59pm, July 6th
  • Participants must register at least 24 hours prior to first official submission, except on Charter boats
  • Charter participants must register at the beginning of the charter with your charter captain
  • An individual may fish both categories (fly tackle and all tackle), but must register and pay for each division

Divisions and Entry Fees

  • $50 registration fee for all adults, 16 years and older
  • $25 registration fee for all juniors, 15 years and younger
  • All participants age 16 years and older must hold a valid State of Massachusetts fishing license, unless on a charter boat

Methods of Fishing and Boundaries

  • This is a boat and shore fishing tournament. Any fish caught on a boat that is anchored in a marina or to a dock will be counted as “boat”
  • All fish must be caught by means of hook and line and in accordance with applicable state laws and be presented as fresh, not frozen
  • All fish entered in the “shore” division must be caught from the shores of Cape Cod and not further inland than the Cape Cod Canal
  • All fish entered in the “boat” division must be caught from a boat no more than the legal limit off the shores of Cape Cod

Measurement Details

  • This is a catch and release derby, to submit a fish follow these steps
    • use the official derby ruler to measure fish from tip of tail to bottom of jaw
    • clear photos should be taken of the fish being measured with official derby ruler and be sent to Once the photo is submitted angler will receive an email with additional questions that must be answered to be officially entered
  • Eligible fish caught in other tournaments can be counted for this derby
  • All fish must be measured and submitted within 12 hours from the time being caught
  • The Official Derby Committee reserves the right to reject any fish that is physically altered except the normal routine of bleeding a fish
  • Any eligible fish should be cleared of all debris including, fishing line, hooks, weights, seaweed, etc.