Derby Was Made for These Times; Saturday Is Final Weigh in
Aaron Wilson
Despite a pandemic and striped bass being out of contention, the 75th derby has been a success on all levels.
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For Amaral Brothers, Derby Has Always Been a Family Affair
Aaron Wilson
Ed and Steve Amaral fished the first Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish derby in 1946 when they were 10 and nine years old, respectively.
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High Winds Equal Slow Weekend as Derby Heads into Final Days
Aaron Wilson
High winds made for an uncharacteristically slow Columbus Day weekend as the 75th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby heads into its final week.
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Competition Is Fierce as 75th Derby Heads to Final Week
Aaron Wilson
Even without striped bass in the derby this year, the number of fish crossing the scales each day routinely reaches triple digits.
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Artists Weigh in for Derby Scholarship Fund
Aaron Wilson
As fishermen around the Island perfect the art of hooking the big one, artists on land are casting their talents into the mix to help raise money for the derby scholarship fund.
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Derby Fish Donation Program Expands Beyond Senior Centers
Aaron Wilson
The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby will partner with Island Grown Initiative to distribute fresh fish for seniors, community meals and Islanders in need.
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Cool Weather Arrives, and Derby Fishermen Are Chasing the Big Ones
Aaron Wilson
The weigh station has been buzzing at derby headquarters, as cool autumn days arrive and the fishing heats up. “The fishing has been phenomenal,” derby chairman Joe El-Deiry said.
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Found on Craig’s List, Derby Grand Prize Is Classic Boat Design
Bill Eville
The story of the Cape Codder 19 dates to the late 1960s when Sandy Urquhart was tinkering with hull designs aimed at creating an affordable craft made specifically for Cape and Vineyard waters.
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Fickle Weather, Fierce Fishing; Big Bonito Rock Week Two
Aaron Wilson
Elizabeth Thompson, an 11-year-old, sixth-grader at the West Tisbury school, broke the derby’s junior record for boat-caught bonito on Saturday with a 11.68-pound fish.
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First Week of the Derby: You Can't Win if You Don't Enter
Aaron Wilson
A possible record bonito did not cross the scales during the first week of action, as the fisherman had not registered for the derby.
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