Every fall, the island of Martha's Vineyard is seized by fish fever as one of the East Coast’s best known saltwater fishing tournaments gets underway. Started in 1946 as a promotional event and run since 1987 by a non-profit organization composed largely of local fishermen, the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby attracts anglers from all over the world.

 

Fly fishing won’t usually land a fisherman at the top of the all-tackle leaderboard in the derby, but it is a category all its own for beauty and bragging rights.
So far approximately 2,800 people have registered for the derby, and organizers expect a final surge for the holiday weekend.
Phil Horton is a shore guy, a surf caster who has been fishing the Derby for 35 years.
The false albacore have had a banner year so far at the 77th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.