Official Derby Rules


All state and federal laws must be complied with by participants in the Derby.

The Weigh-In station for all fish entered in the Derby will be at Edgartown Jr. Yacht Club.

  • The weigh-in periods will be between 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on each day of the Derby.
  • All fish must be weighed-in within 14 hours from the time of being caught.
  • Fishing method known as yo-yoing is not permitted in the Derby.
  • Any fish that is physically altered or intentionally mutilated in such a manner as to impact the ability of the Derby committee to determine eligibility of that fish shall be rejected except that normal routine bleeding of a fish, but not gutting, shall be allowed.
  • Fish may not be weighed in that were intentionally snagged.
  • Any material(s) including, but not limited to, fishing tackle, fishing line, hooks, weights, seaweed, wire, ice, rocks, sand, dirt, or rope attached to a fish, on a fish, or inside a fish's mouth shall be removed by the angler (or person(s) weighing the fish in) PRIOR to weigh-in. If any such material is not visible to the angler or person(s) weighing the fish in and is discovered after weigh-in, this material shall be examined by the Derby Committee and, if deemed to be inside the fish prior to it being caught, the weight of such material(s) may be deducted from the official weight of the fish, and the fish allowed. If, however, the Derby Committee deems that the material was intentionally introduced to the fish prior to the weighing in of that fish, additional action may be taken including, but not limited to, the disqualification of the fish, the angler, and/or the person(s) weighing in the fish.
    Minimum Lengths for Fish
    Bluefish 22”          False Albacore 25”          Bonito 21”
    Measure from tip of lower jaw to tip of tail.

  • At time of weigh-in the angler must present his/her badge or card and provide the Weigh-Master with full and certified information as to when and where the fish was caught, the type of tackle, lure or bait used, and any other requested information relating to the catch.
  • The angler must declare the division into which the fish is to be entered prior to the weighing of each fish. By signing the weigh-in slip, the angler attests to all information given.
  • An angler may enter only his/her largest fish of each species into each category (boat or shore) on any one day.
  • Any angler will be awarded only the highest prize for which they are eligible.
  • At time of weigh-in the Weigh-Master and/or the Derby Committee reserve the right to inspect, test, open, photograph (for publicity reasons and otherwise), hold or reject any fish entered.