At Catch and Release, a Fish Tale for the Ages
Steve Myrick

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club tournament saw a twist at the awards ceremony, when two Island brothers who are on active duty in the military made an appearance via Skype.

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Fishing Events Benefits Family of Luke Gurney

The Luke for Fluke fishing tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and July 9.

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Bob Hawkeye Jacobs Memorial Fishing Derby

The Dick’s Bait & Tackle annual Memorial Day derby has been renamed the Bob Hawkeye Jacobs Derby.

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Poor Weather, Scarce Fish, But Derby Has Youthful Bright Spots
Steve Myrick
Talk of the Derby has been as gloom and doom as the weather, but excitement picked up in a hurry when nine-year-old Westley Wlodyka dragged a striper almost bigger than he was up to the scale.
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Ten-Year-Old Wins VFW Fluke Tournament
Mark Alan Lovewell
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.
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Big Fish, Bigger Winners at Kids' Trout Derby
Ivy Ashe

Scarlet Pangia, age two and a half, and her father Jonathan were at Duarte's Pond off Lambert's Cove Road before five in the morning on Saturday. But they weren't alone; any good trout fisherman knows the fish can start biting before the sun rises. Some families arrived before 4 a.m., armed with Thermoses full of coffee. Some youngesters, like Emmy Carroll, arrived still in their fleecy pajamas. 

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Feeling Derby Fever, Aquinnah Selectmen Vote to Open Parking Lots to Fishermen
Jack Shea

Aquinnah has opened its heart and its parking spots to derby fishermen.

The Aquinnah selectmen on Friday voted at a hastily called special meeting to open resident-only parking lots to derby fisherman for the duration of the derby after learning that contestants have been avoiding Aquinnah fishing spots for several years because they feared tickets or tows.

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Once Again, Vineyard Message in Bottle Floats Its Way to Devoted Derby Angler
Jack Shea

Eat your heart out, Nicholas Sparks.

Derby angler Janet Messineo last week found her second message in a bottle from an Island student.

Mr. Sparks’s popular novel by the same name about true love found by a woman who finds a message in a bottle may not be the stuff from which award-winning striped bass are found, but the derby weigh-in station was abuzz Sunday morning when Ms. Messineo popped in with a carefully sealed Snapple bottle enclosing a note.

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On Home Stretch, Fishing Derby Hits Final Familiar Fever Pitch
Jack Shea

One is a magic number as the 62nd annual derby enters its final day of an event with big numbers, bountiful fishing and a short ride through controversy.

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Show Up, Winners

Show Up, Winners

Martha Smith, major domo of the derby weigh-in stations, has issued a call to winners to show up at the weigh-in. “We need to remind daily and weekly winners to come in and pick up their prizes,” she said, noting that prizes are available immediately at the end of competition each week.

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