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 jess@habitatcapecod.org. 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.