Nantucket Anglers’ Club


United States


1 New Whale St, Nantucket, MA 02554


Latitude: 41.283479

Longitude: -70.095600



+1 508-228-2299

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 All Nantucket Anglers’ Club Members, their families an guests fishing Nantucket Angler’s Club tournaments. Also, to all junior anglers under sixteen (16) living on Nantucket who weigh in game fish as part of the Nantucket Anglers’ Club weigh in policy for Junior anglers.


Welcome to our club web site and review of our fishing programs. Most of our tournaments are run under IGFA rules. Currently there are only two tournaments where we allow exceptions to IGFA rules. These are the annual shark tournament whereby anglers can register in advance for using tackle heavier than IGFA 130 pound test. This is to accommodate those boats and anglers rigged for commercial tuna fishing. The second exception is the fall club challenge tournament for bluefish where wire line is allowed.


Over the years the two major complaints filed by anglers competing in tournaments are about illegal use of wire line or someone else hooking and fighting a fish for a junior or novice angler that is later weighed in. IGFA rules are very strict and there is no interpretation other than the fish must be caught by one person. “From the time a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight and land or boat the fish without the aid of any other person, …”


This report has been prepared to give a standard that out committee members, anglers, and guests may use when reviewing the needs and requirements for the various tournaments. Actual dates of tournaments will vary from year to year such as the annual “Cranny” Cranston Tournament which is held on Columbus Day Weekend. Tournament eligibility also varies wi ht some being invitational, some member/guest, and some members only. At this point in time the club primarily recognizes heaviest fish in three divisions: male, female and junior. The junior division is broken up into two age groups when fishing in the IGFA junior angler World Championship qualifying event, the annual Nantucket Billfish tournament. There are also three age specific awards for junior anglers.


Generally a monthly gift certificate and an annual plaques are awarded in all species found in Nantucket Waters. The three divisions also distinguish between beach and boat fish and beach and boat fly rod fish. There is a tally board of monthly and club records in the clubhouse.

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