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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Hearings Set for New Striped Bass Rules
Will Sennott
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has drafted new rules for both the recreational and commercial fisheries to preserve the dwindling stocks.
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Honoring Everyone's Best Friend at Fluke for Luke Tournament
Will Sennott
More than 400 people registered to fish in the third annual Fluke for Luke tournament, the two-day fishing derby that commemorates the life of Luke Gurney, the beloved Island fisherman who died in a tragic fishing accident in June 2016.
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Dates Set for Annual Flyrod Tournament

The 28th Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Flyrod Catch and Release Tournament has been set for the weekend of June 8 and 9.

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New Tashmoo Canal Impresses Visitors
Vineyard Gazette
The first hint of spring weather drew visitors in considerable numbers to the newly constructed Tashmoo Creek at Vineyard Haven, where the firm Turner and Breivogel is making the waterway which will turn the lower half of Lake Tashmoo into an arm of the sea. Although plans of the creek were drawn before the opening was votes, and these plans have been available to anyone, the appearance of the creek, as it begins to take shape, exceeds by far the popular conception of what it was to be.
 
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Big Herring Catch At Tashmoo Likely
Vineyard Gazette
The approach of spring is heralded on the Vineyard, as well as at many other points on the coast, by the running of fish. Fish are to be had at any month in the year if one knows how and where to get them, but no movement of a school or body takes place during the winter in the waters near the shore or the land-locked lakes and ponds.
 
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