Little Anglers Reel in Big Wins During Second Week of Derby

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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Michael Stimola catche sa fish at the derby
Dandy Derby Start as Bluefish Lead the Way, Stripers Follow
Over 2,600 pounds of fish have crossed the scales in the first five days of the 67th Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, and they’re coming from all sectors of Vineyard waters.

“It’s been stellar, absolutely stellar,” Amy Coffey, who has volunteered at the weigh-in station for over 20 years, said on Thursday afternoon. “We had all four species weighed in from both boat and shore [in the all-tackle divisions], which is unusual for the first week.” Ms. Coffey estimated that it has been five years since the phenomenon last occurred.

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Fishing on Menemsha jetty
Lure of the Derby Calls Them All
They came together at the end of the day Wednesday to catch fish. Backed by the glitter of fast-moving water, more than 20 anglers, most of them participants in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, stood at the far end of the Menemsha jetty casting their lures in close quarters. The sun was brilliant above the horizon. The Menemsha buoy, a ringing bell, filled the air with sound. Ian Thurber, 31, a landscaper from West Tisbury, arrived at 5 p.m. after a full day of work. “This is one of many of my favorite places,” he said. “When there are no fish, it is relaxing.
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Gone Fishing

As if on cue for the sixty-seventh Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the fish are running again.

There was a bluefish feeding frenzy at the Cape Pogue gut late one afternoon last week, one of those churning blitzes where you could throw out an old shoe and catch a fish. And out on Nantucket Sound, boats have been lined up like summer traffic at Five Corners as fishermen chase the silvery schools of bonito now flashing through the cooling saltwater. There are reports of stripers being caught on the north shore.

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Doug Asselin and Steve Morris fishermen of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Fishing Fever Is Contagious At Derby Time

‘Tis derby season. In just two days the Vineyard community will undergo a large transformation as the 67th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the Island’s annual Olympics for fisherman, begins.

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Island Prepares for Fishing Derby Launch

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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Weigh Station Opens for Annual Chase of Top Derby Prizes
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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Fishing Derby Heads Into the Home Stretch; Weather Limits Catches from the Shoreline

The end of the 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is a day away. Many of the Island's top fishermen will fish right to the end, through tonight and into tomorrow. The derby will end when the headquarters at the foot of Main street in Edgartown close at 10 p.m. tomorrow.

An awards ceremony will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Oak Bluffs nightclub Atlantic Connection.

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First Bluefish Catch Opens Wild Chase for Fish and Prizes in Autumn Tourney
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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Island Senior Citizens Become Big Winners in Fishing Tourney
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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