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Eligible Fish Species

  • Teams and individuals are competing for the highest total weight of one striped bass with a minimum length of 28 inches
  • Teams and individuals are competing for the highest total weight of one bluefish
  • Teams and individuals are competing for the highest total weight of trout
     

Derby Dates and Times

  • Only fish caught between 12:01am, June 1st and 11:59pm July 13th will be eligible
  • Registration ends July 6, 2017
  • Participants must register at least 24 hours prior to first official weigh in
  • A person or team can only register in one division of the derby
     

Divisions and Entry Fees

  • $50 registration fee for all adults, 16 years and older
  • $25 registration fee for all juniors, 15 years and younger
  • $100 registration fee for families up to four members, additional members are $10 each. Families must have at least one parent on the team and be comprised of immediate family members only
  • All participants age 16 years and older must hold a valid State of Massachusetts fishing license
     

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 rules where the fish was caught and be presented as fresh, not frozen.
  • Only one striped bass can be caught and presented per person per day.  
  • 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 private boat no more than the legal limit off the shores of Cape Cod
     

Weigh-in Details

  • Fish can only be weighed at official weigh stations
  • Eligible fish caught in other tournaments can be counted for this derby. Submit an official tournament weigh in slip to Jess@habitatcapecod.org within 12 hours of weigh in
  • Only one striped bass may be officially weighed in per day per participant
  • Each striped bass must be a minimum of 28-inches to be eligible
  • Only three trout may be officially weighed in per day per participant
  • All fish must be weighed-in within 12 hours from the time being caught
  • Trout may be caught, weighed by the fisherman, documented and released during the tournament; all catch and release documentation must be on official tournament weigh in slips and submitted with a photograph that allows for a reasonable approximation of the fish’s size to Jess@habitatcapecod.org within a 12 hour period
  • Weigh-in stations reserve the right to reject any fish that is physically altered except that normal routine bleeding of a fish, but not gutting, shall be allowed
  • Any eligible fish should be cleared of all debris including, fishing line, hooks, weights, seaweed, etc.

Prizes

  • There will be one winner for each division, fish species and method of fishing
  • Anglers are competing for the largest striped bass, bluefish or trout