Kids Fishing Derby Lures Them All to Oak Bluffs Steamship Wharf
This Sunday, Sept. 22, its Kid’s Day at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. This means children of all shapes and sizes get to fish from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Wharf from 6 to 8 a.m. In days of yore, most everyone fished from this wharf, but that was a long time ago, when the Island was still a lawless backwater.
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Big Enough to Fish, Smaller Than Biggest Fish
Ivy Ashe

Down at the Menemsha docks on an early October evening, a regular is out casting into the harbor. He’s dressed for the occasion in red rubber boots and rain pants and a bright yellow rain jacket. His blue derby hat is decked with four pins — one with his derby number, two daily bluefish award pins, and one junior angler pin.

And of course five-year-old Grady Keefe of Menemsha is wearing his faded yellow life jacket.

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Little Anglers Reel in Big Wins During Second Week of Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell

On Thursday the largest striped bass caught so far in this year’s 67th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was weighed in. Peter (Pete) J. Spengler, 75, of Cuttyhunk and Westport, Conn., caught his fish at 9:05 a.m. aboard Capt. Duane Lynch’s boat.

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Kids Flock to One Day Fishing Hole
Ivy Ashe

Dozens of kids and parents arose before dawn Sunday morning to take part in the annual Kids Derby, a featured event of the 67th Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The contest is open to youngsters 4 to 14, and takes place at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority docks. 

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Kids' Derby Chases Fluke, Scup, Prizes in Sunrise Contest
Mark Alan Lovewell
The son of an Edgartown commercial fisherman is this year's winner of the 21st annual Kids' Derby, held Saturday at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority Wharf. Adam Castro, 6 years old, caught a 19-inch fluke; his father is Scott Castro.

More than 250 youngsters from around the Island participated in the morning of fishing and prizes. Most of the top winners of this year's contest caught fluke - large, doormat-sized fluke.

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Kids' Derby Sees Record Turnout, Lots of Scup and One Big Dogfish
Brien Hefler

Gabe Bergeron almost had a great story about the one that got away.

Fishing Sunday morning with his father, Mark Bergeron, at the annual Kids' Derby on the Steamship Authority wharf in Oak Bluffs, the nine-year-old angler hooked a large dogfish that locked him in an intense eight-minute battle. But the pratfalls of pier fishing cost the young fisherman his catch.

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Kids’ Derby Draws Crowd
Mark Alan Lovewell

Eight-year-old Donald O’Shaughnessy of Edgartown won the 26th annual Kids’ Mini Derby on Sunday. Mr. O’Shaughnessy caught a 14 3/8 inch scup, the largest fish of the contest. It was the first time an angler had won the morning contest with a scup. The youngster caught his fish at about 7 a.m., at a time when most Island youngsters were at home asleep.

The boy was aglow at the 8:30 a.m. awards ceremony at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority wharf. He also received a plaque of a good looking mounted scup, made by Janet Messineo of Island Taxidermy.

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Kids Catch Derby Fever, Prizes At Annual Contest in Oak Bluffs
Mark Alan Lovewell

With the 62nd annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby now at full speed, two events are running along on the side.

One is for youngsters. The other is a kayak fishing contest. Both start on Sunday.

While plenty of big fish were caught by grown adults in this first week of the derby, attention shifts Sunday morning to the youngest of anglers. Soon after sunrise, as many as 200 young children will gather for the Mini Kids’ Day Derby at the Steamship Authority wharf in Oak Bluffs.

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Kids Derby: First Many, Then Few Fish
Mark Alan Lovewell

This morning, you could have seen the smallest wavelet left by a fish at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority wharf. The water was a flat calm, and mirrored the overhead deep blue sky. The sun cast long shadows across the wharf and more than 200 youngsters stood along the rails trying to catch fish.

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Little Anglers Make a Big Splash At Sunday Morning Kids’ Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell

You can call it the only kids’ saltwater multispecies fishing tournament on the Vineyard. Very early Sunday morning, anglers from around the Island, all under 15, went fishing at the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority wharf. They caught lots of fish: bluefish, scup, black sea bass, skate and summer flounder (fluke). They kept nothing; the tournament is catch and release.

But there were plenty of prizes to go around. Close to 200 anglers (not all of them were children) participated. And most caught fish.

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