It's A Matter of Taste; Albies Give Derby a Shot of Adrenalin
Steve Myrick
False albacore. Barely sounds like a fish. Tastes like an oily shop rag. Not even included in the official Derby name. Yet an albie is a prized possession at Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby headquarters.
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Derby Days Bring Delight to the Kitchen and the Grill, Too
Heather Hamacek

Though fishing spots are a jealously guarded secret, fishermen are more than willing to divulge their recipes and, on occasion, share their fillets.

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Casting Lines at First Light at Annual Kids Fishing Derby
Vivian Ewing
Fishing poles bobbed like reeds and voices were hushed early Sunday as children waited to claim their spots at the Oak Bluffs Steamship wharf for the annual kids derby day. Hannah Gibb, 13, was the overall winner with a 19.75-inch shark.
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Derby Office Will Stay in Edgartown
Vineyard Gazette
The 41st Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby will be held in Edgartown again this year, according to a release issued by the derby committee this week. And for the second year, the derby will not award prizes for the catching of striped bass.
 
The news release said: “Although local populations of striped bass were up in 1985, particularly school fish in the 20-to 30-inch range, the East Coast populations are still seriously depleted and need further protection.
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Fifty Years of Big Fish and Good Fellowship
Mark Alan Lovewell
There are few possessions that last 50 years on the Vineyard waterfront. A wooden boat may last only 10 years unless the owner takes good care of it. A fishing reel will fail in a few years if exposed to hard use and poor care, and a fishing rod may last a little longer.
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Annual Island Fishing Derby Opens: Striped Bass Return To the Tourney After Ban
Mark Alan Lovewell
The 48th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins tonight, a minute past midnight. The contest is long-awaited, one of the true signs of Vineyard life after the peak of summer.
 
This year’s month-long contest is the world series of saltwater contests, attracting fishermen from up and down the Atlantic coast.
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Around the Island, It Is All Derby All the Time
Vivian Ewing
On Monday evening, the second night of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the fillet tables at weigh-in headquarters were full with volunteers.
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Derby Drops Striped Bass from Tournament In a Dramatic Reversal of Previous Position
Mark Alan Lovewell
In a sudden and dramatic shift of position, the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby dropped the threatened striper out of the fall tournament.
 
The announcement came yesterday in a formal statement released by the derby committee chairman Ed Jerome and puts to rest a running controversy that has plagued the derby for at least the last two years.
 
The decision to remove the striped bass from the derby comes after months of heated debate within the derby committee. The decision also follows a recent public letter from Leo P.
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Federal Study Will Examine Causes for Striper’s Decline
Joseph B. White
The striped bass, valued not only as a premier game fish but also as a commercial catch, is the subject of a three year, multi-million-dollar study by several federal agencies because of its apparently dwindling population.
 
The study is called a major un­dertaking by the officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service — the agencies directing a broad reaching survey of the striped bass.
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