Gearing Up for the Derby at Annual Surfcasters Sale
Aaron Wilson
On Saturday morning, members of the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association hosted their annual sale to raise money for high school scholarships.
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Brown Shark Tagging on the Vineyard Aids National Research Efforts
Will Sennott
A small group of Vineyard fishermen are participating in a brown shark tagging operation as part of a longstanding national study.
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Big-Game Fishing Tournament Sees Record Catch
Aaron Wilson
The Bluewater Classic fishing tournament packed the Oak Bluffs harbor over the weekend with sportfishing fishing vessels hailing from up and down the Eastern seaboard.
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Charter Fisherman Echo Mantra of Safety First
Aaron Wilson
Although charter fishing resumed during phase one of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, the dynamics of the business — in particular the small amount of space on a boat — have kept captains cautious.
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Catch and Release Canceled
The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club has announced the cancellation of its 29th Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release Tournament, scheduled for the evening of May 30.
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Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry
Will Sennott

The Menemsha waterfront traditionally begins to stir at this time of year. Fishermen mend their gear, sturdy work boats are back in the slips, ready for the early-season haul. With the pandemic, all that has changed.

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Regulations on Recreational Fishing Mostly Set; Commercial Regulations Still in Flux
Will Sennott
On Thursday, officials from the state Division of Marine Fisheries division traveled to the Vineyard to hold a public hearing and announced that the regulations to the recreational fisheries were essentially set in stone.
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DMF Public Hearing
The State Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public hearing in Vineyard Haven on Thursday, March 12.
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Porky Francis, Tackle Shop Owner, Legendary Fisherman, Dies at 80
Julia Wells

Capt. Everett (Porky) Francis, a familiar figure on the Edgartown waterfront where he had fished nearly all his life, died Saturday after a long illness.

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In Week One of Derby, Albies Rule
Will Sennott

Five days into the 74th annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, all over the Island fishermen are hauling their packs of tackle along the shoreline or heading out in boats.

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