Weigh Station Opens for Annual Chase of Top Derby Prizes
Mark Alan Lovewell
False albacore have yet to make a strong appearance in the first week of the 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. So far only small, undersized false albacore have been seen. The contest began on Wednesday morning with just two fishermen weighing in their fish in the first half-hour of the contest.
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Island Prepares for Fishing Derby Launch
Mark Alan Lovewell

The 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, a minute past midnight. The first groggy fishermen of the month-long contest will line up to weigh in their catch when the derby headquarters opens at 8 a.m. in Edgartown.

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Island Senior Citizens Become Big Winners in Fishing Tourney
Mark Alan Lovewell
Some of the winners in the 57th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby aren't even fishing. Thanks to the generosity of fishermen and derby organizers, senior citizens across the Island are eating the freshest-caught fish every night.

Many excellent fish fillets are collected each day by contest officials.

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First Bluefish Catch Opens Wild Chase for Fish and Prizes in Autumn Tourney
Mark Alan Lovewell
The 57th annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby began Wednesday without a hitch. Brendan Langley, the weigh master, was dressed for the ordeal of weighing in each of the four species of fish: striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito. When the weigh-in headquarters opened at 8 a.m. fishermen were already standing outside. In 15 minutes all four species of fish had made an appearance on the scale.
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Bass and Bluefish Derby Begins the Frenzied Rush for Top Tournament Prizes
Mark Alan Lovewell
The 57th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby starts tomorrow morning. For some of the Island's anglers, it can't start fast enough. Fishermen started talking about this year's derby months ago. They talked about the derby when the first striped bass arrived in Vineyard waters in April.
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Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Plans Have Been Readied All Year
Mark Alan Lovewell
When the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins this Sunday, there will be more prizes than ever before in the event's 58-year history. This year's contest is offering $300,000 in prizes over the course of the tournament, which runs three days longer than last year.
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Wharf Rat Lands Grand Prize in 59th Annual Fishing Derby
Max Hart

In the end, it was a 12.48-pound false albacore hooked in the shallows off Memorial Wharf in Edgartown, and a 10.13-pound bonito snagged in 60-foot seas off Noman's Land that proved to be the grandest catches of all as the 59th Annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby came to a close on Sunday.

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Derby Heads Into Final Tourney Hours with Heated Competition for Top Spots
Max Hart

With two days to go before the close of the 59th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, tournament officials are already calling this year's event one of the most successful in the history of the competition.

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Kudos to Kenny Metell on Derby Day One
Mark Alan Lovewell
Sixty-year-old Kenny Metell of Edgartown has never caught a winning fish in all his years as a participant in the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, but on Sunday he hit the ground running. Mr. Metell weighed in the first fish of the derby.
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Bass and Bluefish Derby Begins with a Wet Line and Big Prizes
Mark Alan Lovewell

The start of the 59th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby may be only two days away, but the planning and preparation go back a year. This Sunday at 12:01 a.m. the first wave of avid anglers will head for their boats and the shore in pursuit of fish. It is the start of the annual pilgrimage to the water. No matter what their vocation, as many as 3,000 fishermen will share a common avocation, competing for daily, weekly and grand overall prizes for the biggest striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito.

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