Stripers Are Down in Derby Catch This Year

By all accounts, the 69th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was a major success with records all around. But the number of striped bass was dramatically lower, with only 288 weighed in.

With Hugs and Celebration, 69th Derby Comes to a Close

The 69th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby came to a close Sunday with the annual awards show, which brought a record crowd to Farm Neck Golf Club. While there were awards in a multitude of categoris, the big moment came with the eight grand leaders drew keys to determine who would win the grand prizes: a new truck and a new boat.



Derby Sets Record for Attendance

Bluefish carried the day this year at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, with two men taking home the grand prizes for bluefish caught from the shore and from a boat. The derby saw a record 3,282 registrants.

Final Bell for the Derby

The last weigh-in Saturday night saw Helena Kirschenbaum win the grand slam with her striped bass while Seb Keefe brought in a shore bonito to take over top spot on the leader board. And then it was over. The derby awards ceremony is today at Farm Neck.

Rods Up, Reels Down; Derby Daze Heads to the Finish Line

You can stock up on lines, lures and bait, but ultimately getting a top fish at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby takes some luck and a lot of persistence. Anglers are working overtime.

Derby Scenes

Wounded in Battle, Healed by the Sea

Ten veterans and their families are participating in the sixth annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge, hosted by Bob and Sarah Nixon. The veterans spend their mornings at sea, afternoons golfing and surfcasting. The challenge is full of gestures both large and small from the Vineyard community.

Heroes Arrive, Ready to Begin Saltwater Challenge

A heroes' welcome greeted wounded soldiers arriving Sunday for the sixth annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge. Each year, wounded veterans visit the Island to fish the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and to enjoy fellowship and Vineyard-style relaxation.

The veterans are hosted by Bob and Sarah Nixon, owners of the Menemsha Inn, Beach Plum Inn and the Home Port Restaurant.

Small Fries Are Catching Big Fish

The kids are all right, at least as far as the derby is concerned. Seven-year-old Mason Warburton has held the top spot since the second day for his boat-caught false albacore.

Albie Dance

Rising sun, rising tide
Rising fish, rising spirit

The birds in the sky
Start to chirp, can you hear it?
Cut and dip, dash and dive,
How can the baitfish
Ever survive?
Shade your eyes, scout the horizon
The fish are breaking, our spirits rising
Hogy hooked up,
At last the chance,
To do the lightning Albie dance,
Bow to stern, left to right
One thing I’ve learned,
Best keep it tight,