Catch and Release

Fishing for striped bass from the shore was tough last weekend, at least for those competing in the 19th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club striped bass catch and release tournament.

Of the 124 fishermen who competed, they caught and released 100 fish. The numbers are down both in contestants and in fish. Last year 193 fishermen competed.

There were still many winners. Andy Monte caught and released a 40-inch fish and earned the Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Trophy. Organizers of the tournament handed out trophies for the biggest fish, the most fish caught and released and the fisherman able to catch the most fish with only one fly. Unfortunately, a list of the winners after the event was misplaced.