Tomorrow, flyfishermen from around the Island and beyond will gather for the 18th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club flyrod catch and release tournament. Registration is at the regional high school cafeteria from noon to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $35. Fishing begins at 7 p.m. and continues until 2 a.m. Sunday.
In years past as many as 200 fishermen have participated in the one-night contest and caught and released hundreds of striped bass.
An awards ceremony breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at the cafeteria. Money raised from the fishing contest helps the club underwrite fishing programs for Island children.
Last weekend there were 65 participants in the Dick’s Bait and Tackle Shop annual Memorial Day weekend fishing contest. Steve Morris, who runs the tackle shop, said participation and business were both up over last year. First place winners for either striped bass or bluefish earned $225. All the money earned in registration went back out in cash prizes. Winners are as follows:
Striped bass: shore: 1, Pat Toomey, 37.9 pounds; 2, Zach Tilton, 24.9 pounds; 3, Milo Medeiros, 20 pounds. Boat: 1, Carlos Bartolomeu, 27.4 pounds; 2, Mark Campos, 27.2 pounds; 3, Ed Wessel, 26.3 pounds.
Bluefish: Shore: 1, Brad Johnson, 6.8 pounds; 2, Paul Cormier, 6.6 pounds; 3, Wally White, 6.6 pounds. Boat: 1, Bill Potter, 7 pounds; 2, Sylvia Wheeler, 6.1 pounds; 3, no fish weighed in.