42nd Annual Kids' Trout Tournament

The 42nd kids' trout tournament took place under gray skies, but hot dogs for breakfast and fishing fever kept spirits high.

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Trout at First Light: Kids Reel in Winners at Annual Derby
Heather Hamacek

Kids 14 and younger cast out at first light Saturday morning for the Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club kids' trout tournament. Camden Townes, 10, walked away with a new bike for her catch of a 14.75-inch trout, the biggest of the day.

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Big Bites for Little Tykes, Kids' Trout Tournament Casts Wide Net
Bill Eville

The annual kids' trout tournament takes place on Saturday, May 7, beginning at first light. On Tuesday morning the first shipment of trout arrived at Duarte's Pond.

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Littlest Anglers Take Home Biggest Fish at Annual Trout Tournament
Megan Cerullo

Youngsters and their families rose before the sun Saturday morning to claim prime fishing real estate along Duarte’s Pond for the annual kids' trout tournament.

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Early Kids Catch the Fish at Trout Tournament

You don't have to be very big at all to reel in a big fish at the annual Rod and Gun Club kids' trout tournament, held Saturday morning at Duarte's Pond in West Tisbury. 

Three-year-old Jacob Gatchell, barely taller than tournament orgaziner Cooper Gilkes' knee, earned his first-ever prize in the eight-and-under division after he reeled in an 18.25-inch pickerel. The fish was just a quarter-inch larger than his sister Alison's catch. Alison, six, was second in the division. 

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Pond Stocked, Tangle Tent Ready; Kid's Trout Tournament Reels Them In
Ivy Ashe

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club’s annual trout tournament is Saturday and Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove is teeming with trout. If you're 14 or under, be there at dawn. Here are some tips from the experts on how to best angle for the winning fish.

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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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Hooked on Kids Trout Tournament
Mark Alan Lovewell

The annual children’s trout tournament starts tomorrow morning at “first light.” But securing a choice fishing spot can often require a wander in the dark with a flashlight. The fishing contest at the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s Duarte’s Pond, off Lambert’s Cove Road, is for children 14 years old and younger and its free. There are plenty of prizes on the line including two brand new bicycles.

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Kids’ Trout Tournament Saturday at Duarte’s Pond

If you are a young fisherman, or the parent of same, the best advice for tonight is go to bed early. The 35th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club trout tournament begins at first light at Duarte’s Pond in West Tisbury.

As many as 200 children are expected at the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank property off Lambert’s Cove Road. The pond was stocked yesterday with hatchery trout.

Organizers are counting on the fish to be hungry.

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