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星期五, 2月 19, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

BOSTON – February 19, 2016 – 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 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.