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星期二, 2月 21, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

Baker-Polito Administration Honors Commonwealth’s Top Saltwater Anglers

BOSTON – February 21, 2017 – State fisheries officials presented 34 trophies to winners of the 2016 Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Derby at a ceremony Saturday at the New England Boat Show at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner George Peterson, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) Director David Pierce and DMF Assistant Director for Recreational Fisheries Mike Armstrong presented the awards.

“Recreational saltwater anglers support Massachusetts’ valuable tourism economy and, through saltwater fishing permits, the management and conservation of our marine resources,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is proud to honor these anglers, and we encourage residents of all ages to get out on the open water and participate in this year’s Saltwater Fishing Derby.”

“This year’s competition showcased the best of the Commonwealth’s fishing community, and I commend all the skilled anglers who received awards,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “As the weather gets warmer, we encourage all Massachusetts residents and visitors to take advantage of the many activities our coastal towns offer.”

“With over 1,200 miles of beautiful seashore, Massachusetts offers exceptional opportunities for saltwater fishing and other outdoor recreation on its coast,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “As a lifelong 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 78 entries from anglers living in eight states in 2016. A new state record wahoo was also landed last year at 182 lbs., 12 oz. See chart below for the full list of winners:



Weigh-In Derby
Name
Town of Residence
Division
Species
Heaviest Fish (lb.  oz.)
Frank Mazzulli
Quincy
Men's
Black Sea Bass
5 lbs. 12 oz.
Crystle Calvin
Dartmouth
Women's
Black Sea Bass
4 lbs. 12 oz.
Jack Gulachenski
Southboro
Junior's
Black Sea Bass
6 lbs. 5 oz.
Tavin Beagle
Los Altos, CA
Men's
Bluefish
18 lbs. 10 oz.
Brenna McCoubrey
Marstons Mills
Women’s
Bluefish
15 lbs. 12 oz.
John Clark
Marion
Junior’s
Bluefish
12 lbs. 4 oz.
Brian Nunes-Vais
Morris Plains, NJ
Men's
Bonito
9 lbs. 12 oz.
Tammy King
Nantucket
Women's
Bonito
10 lbs. 2 oz.
Alex Avila
Sandwich
Men’s
Dolphin
24 lbs. 5 oz.
Joanne Cameron
Mattapoisett
Women’s
Dolphin
17 lbs.
Frances Clay
Osterville
Women's
False Albacore
10 lbs. 6 oz.
Dylan Kadison
Tisbury
Junior’s
False Albacore
11 lbs. 13 oz.
Emilson Kruger Leite
Gatiterburg, MD
Men's
Fluke
15 lbs. 6 oz.
Keely Ahlstrom
Orleans
Women’s
Fluke
13 lbs. 13 oz.
William Seaberg    
Sudbury
Junior’s
Fluke
11 lbs. 15 oz.
Jeff Lema
Nantucket
Men’s
Halibut
89 lbs.
Kay Starzynski
Wheatfield, IN
Women’s
Halibut
102 lbs.
Bill Potter
Vineyard Haven
Men’s
King Mackerel
6 lbs. 14 oz.
Matt Kelly
Boxford
Men's
Scup
2 lbs. 8 oz.
Beverly Bergeron
West Tisbury
Women's
Scup
2 lbs. 13 oz.
Joseph Pearle
Wareham
Junior's
Scup
2 lbs. 9 oz.
Michael Jones
Carver
Men's
Striped Bass
53 lbs. 14 oz.
Amy Burrell
Mashpee
Women’s
Striped Bass
51 lbs. 10 oz.
Michael Bridges
Barnstable
Junior’s
Striped Bass
49 lbs. 6 oz.
John Pettersen
Old Lyme, CT
Men’s
Tautog
9 lbs. 14 oz.
Ashley Brown
Wareham
Women’s
Tautog
10 lbs. 13 oz.
Sam Jaxtimer
Osterville
Men’s
Thresher Shark
405 lbs. 5 oz.
Derek Wittkamper
Rowley
Men’s
Wahoo
182 lbs. 12 oz.
Rob Thompson
Marshfield
Men’s
Winter Flounder
4 lbs. 13 oz.
Steve Dowler
Vineyard Haven
Men’s
Yellowfin Tuna
91 lbs. 13 oz.
Jack Willis
Barnstable
Men’s
Yellowfin Tuna
92 lbs.

Catch and Release Derby
Name
Town of Residence
Species
Length (inches)
Ray Jarvis
Berkley
False Albacore
28 inches
Frank Mazzulli
Quincy
Striped Bass
47 inches
Mark Forrester
Quincy
Winter Flounder
20 inches

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.