Juniors Share Derby Grand Leader Board

At its halfway point, the 69th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is going strong, with 2,793 contestants and 1,481 entries as of Thursday, including 468 in the week ending Saturday.

Keepers Are Infrequent, But Camaraderie Is Always Catching

The waiting is the hardest part.

Twice a day anglers bring their fish to derby headquarters to get weighed in. But there are always plenty more fishermen out there who haven’t caught a fish, or caught one big enough to bring in. Especially this year.

For Fishing Principal, Always Swimming With the School

He is an educator, fisherman, shellfisherman, sports fan, son, husband and father. The trappings of John Custer’s third-floor office in the Tisbury School, where he has been principal for four years, say as much.

The Gut Is Popular Destination at Derby Time

Cape Pogue Gut on a perfect autumn day is the place to be, and when the fish are blitzing it's all you can do to haul the fish in fast enough to keep your hook in the water.

Fish and Fun at Annual Kids' Derby

The annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Kids' Day brought crowds to the Oak Bluffs Steamship pier early Sunday morning. Even before the sun had risen, the two hour fishing competittion was underway. The contest is open to all kids ages 4 to 14. Fish are judged by length and not weight.

Myles Sprague, 9, took home the overall grand prize with the largest catch of the day, a 17.25-inch bluefish. All kids went home with a T-shirt. "They're just so thrilled to be catching fish," derby president Ed Jerome said. 

 

Little Anglers, Big Smiles at Derby Kids' Day

Children from all over the Island converged on the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority dock at first light Sunday for the annual Kids’ Derby. Nine-year-old Myles Sprague took home the top prize for a 17.25-inch bluefish he caught, the largest fish of the day.

From Shore, Boat and Kayak, 69th Derby Begins With a Splash

The Edgartown harbor is relatively quiet these days, with the exception of a small shack where a steady stream of fishermen arrive with their best catches of the day. The Martha’s Vineyard Bluefish and Striped Bass Derby is off to a strong start, with ideal fishing weather.

Artist Ray Ellis Captured Derby's Essence in Paintings to Be Shared

For 25 years it was an anticipated event — the arrival of the limited-edition prints depicting classic Vineyard fishing scenes as rendered by artist Ray Ellis.

Young Fishermen Get Hooked At Derby

It’s been a big opening week for the youngest generation of Island fishermen, with juniors and mini juniors holding their own against the grown-ups in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Bell Tolls for First Fish as Derby Begins

Three bluefish, a nice bass, an albie and a bonito all crossed the scale Sunday morning, and the 69th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was under way. At 8 a.m., the small fishing shack on Edgartown harbor opened its doors.

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