More than 50 fishermen participated in the first Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass Shootout, a one-day, mostly boat fishing tournament, on Saturday, June 5. The Edgartown-based fishing contest owes its roots to the former annual Pink Squid Yacht Club spring fishing tournament and was taken over by those at Larry’s Tackle Shop.
Vineyard anglers were outnumbered by visiting anglers from the Osterville Anglers’ Club. Through the sale of registration, a silent auction and fundraising, the event raised $5,000 for the Martha’s Vineyard Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
Because of the foul weather, much of the celebration and cookout was held under the roof of Memorial Wharf, rather than at North Wharf as in years past. Entertainment was provided by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, a local blues band. In addition to being a great harmonica player and singer, Mr. Hoy is an avid angler.
The winners for the largest striped bass were Matt Medeiros, 25.50 pounds; 2, Samuel Kistler, 23.40; 3, Michael O’Shaughnessy, 19. Bluefish (no weight): 1, Cam Fizell, 2, Cam Crocker and 3, Jonathon Jaxtimer.
Junior striped bass winners were: Michael O’Shaughnessy, 19; 2, Henry O’Shaughnessy, 15.20.
Steve Purcell, owner of Larry’s Tackle Shop, said next year’s contest is already being planned. He said, foremost, the contest will not conflict with the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club’s annual striped bass catch and release tournament. He said a lot of anglers had a good time and are dedicated to seeing next year’s event more successful.