Bass and Blues for Boys and Girls is a new fishing contest to benefit Island children. Fishing starts early tomorrow morning and continues until 3 p.m. when there will be an awards ceremony and cookout. The striped bass and bluefish contest benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
The weigh-in, ceremony, cookout and auction will be at North Wharf in Edgartown. Peter Lambos, executive director of the club, said the tournament came about through the efforts of Island fishermen and is an offshoot of a spring fishing contest formerly hosted by the Pink Squid Yacht Club.
Last year, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys’ and Girls’ Club was the beneficiary of a contest called the Bass and Blues Shootout hosted by the Osterville Anglers. “They wanted to keep it going,” Mr. Lambos said.
The contest has separate divisions for boat and shore and youth and adult fishing. The entry fee for adults is $50 and $10 for youths 14 and under.
A cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs will start at 3 p.m. There will be an auction from 5 to 6 p.m. which is open to all.
On Sunday the club will host a benefit golf tournament at Farm Neck Golf Club. Last year the event raised $30,000 for the club and an additional $7,500 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard.
To register for the fishing contest visit Larry’s Tackle Shop or Porky’s Bait and Tackle Shop in Edgartown. For information call the club at 508-627-3303.