One hundred and thirty anglers participated in the 14th annual Martha’s Vineyard Fluke Derby last weekend, but the biggest winner of all was herself pint-sized. Ten-year-old Molly Mention of Vineyard Haven was named grand prize winner with her catch of a 9.47 pound fluke.
Other winners included Chuck Hebbett (7.66 pounds), Bill Dreyer (7.50) and Sheldon Ebanks (7.42) in the adult category, and Charlotte Packer (5.62), Darien Kral (5.13), Nathaniel Packer (4.82) and Joseph Medeiros (3.55) in the under-12 category. Teenage winners were Donald O’Shaughnessy (8.70), Elizabeth O’Brien (3.36) and Michael Gibson (3.29).
The tournament also recognizes black sea bass. The winner in that category was Andre Levesque with a 5.04 pound fish.
Within the fishing tournament there is a competition between fishing teams. This year’s winner was Soleman. Members include Donald O’Shaughnessy, Cooper A. Gilkes and Rick Harvey.
The annual derby, primarily a boat fishing contest, is put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9261 and a group of volunteers. Peter Herrmann, organizer of the annual event and past commander of the VFW, said he was pleased by the attendance and the fishing.
“Last year we had 101 anglers. This year was 130. It was a good tournament,” he said.