Derby Weigh Station Readies for Season

The mood was jovial at derby headquarters in Edgartown Sunday morning. More than a dozen committee members of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby came together to prepare for the fall contest that begins next week.

A few carried cups of coffee. Derby committee member Don Eber of Chilmark stepped into the old fish shack carrying a Makita power drill. For the next few minutes, Mr. Eber put screws into wood to hold two vertical two-by-fours.

Derby Heads Into Final Tourney Hours with Heated Competition for Top Spots

With two days to go before the close of the 59th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, tournament officials are already calling this year's event one of the most successful in the history of the competition.

Kudos to Kenny Metell on Derby Day One

Sixty-year-old Kenny Metell of Edgartown has never caught a winning fish in all his years as a participant in the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, but on Sunday he hit the ground running. Mr. Metell weighed in the first fish of the derby.

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Grand Slam Tests Mettle of Derby Anglers

Grand Slam Tests Mettle of Derby Anglers

By MAX HART

When Thomas Ronan started fishing the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby in the late 1980s, he never thought much about catching anything other than striped bass.

Storm Drives Fish Close for Shore Anglers

For a weekend anticipated to be a washout for fishermen, it was an active three days at Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby headquarters in Edgartown.

Anglers Enter Weekend Hunting for Big Bass

If you ask Thomas Ronan, he'll tell you it was a great week of fishing around the Island during the second week of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

But that is to be expected from someone who lands a 39.48-pound striped bass that puts him atop the leader board and into the running for a new truck.

Molly Fischer, Age 12, Is Derby Leader

With six days left to catch the winning fish, a new name was scrawled in chalk atop the leaderboard, capturing the hearts and minds of all in the waning moments of the 60th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Sees Heavy Catch at Beginning of Contest

Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Sees Heavy Catch at Beginning of Contest

By MAX HART

Six stripers over 30 pounds each were weighed in in the first 36 hours of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, and if the early catch is any indication it is going to be an exciting 35 days of fishing.

Monthlong Bass, Bluefish Derby Will Come to an End Tomorrow

Monthlong Bass, Bluefish Derby Will Come to an End Tomorrow

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

The water is swirling in the narrow channel connecting Cape Pogue Pond to the Edgartown outer harbor. Minutes before the tide hit bottom, the pond was as low as gets, and now the waters of the ocean are running back in.

The fishing spot, called the Gut, is well-known to anglers. During the day, they catch false albacore and bonito there. At night, they catch striped bass and bluefish.

Island Fall Fishing Classic Begins with a 13.3-Pound Striped Bass

Island Fall Fishing Classic Begins with Thirteen-Pound Striped Bass

By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL

Vying to be the first to weigh in a fish in the 61st annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, a sleepy Jim Cornwell arrived at the downtown Edgartown weigh station at 4 a.m. Sunday. Armed with a striped bass caught on East Beach on Chappaquiddick, Mr. Cornwell - a 69-year-old retired chemist from Edgartown - proceeded to wait for the opening at 8 o'clock.

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