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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Dick Hathaway's Striper Caps Another Successful Derby
Jack Koontz

Surfcasters were the stars for this 33rd year of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The stripers were huge, and there were more big ones than anyone expected. In the pages of the daily derby records are entered 20 striped bass weighing more than 40 pounds each, and winning daily prizes. Seven of those fish weighed more than 50 pounds. In most past derbys, a 50-pound bass would be an easy winner. This year, a 52-pounder didn't finish in the top three. It is a derby of striper surprises.

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This Year’s Bass Derby Is a ‘Family Affair’
Howard W. Leonard
 
The 27th Vineyard Derby is turning into a family fishing outing with the Tiltons and the Hancocks leading the way. Jean Hancock and her husband, Herb, still lead the boat bluefish division, topped by her record 23 lb. 4 1/2 oz. blue and Judy Tilton nearly knocked her husband out of the second spot in the resident shore bass category as she weighed in a 44 lb. 13 oz. striper, just 5 oz.
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Young Anglers Come of Age at Kids Derby

It’s time to get the future generations of Vineyard fishermen and women hooked on the derby.

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Vineyard Fishing Derby Celebrating 25th Year
Vineyard Gazette
Tuesday, and continue through Oct. 15. Striped bass and bluefish are the game fish to be sought, and for which prizes are given. The derby, often called the outstanding one of its kind on the Atlantic Coast, is also the oldest, in terms of continuous operation.
 
The derby is known from coast to coast, and close to 2,000 entrants from 22 states attended a year ago.
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Scene at Weighing-In Station Is Sociable
Joseph Chase Allen
The nightly scene at the weighing-in station in Oak Bluffs, is an aspect of the annual bass derby that has never been adequately described.
 
The derby committee has invariably selected a place for weighing-in with ample space and the weighing-in station by night is a scene with an atmosphere of sociability and good nature.
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20th Derby Is Called the Most Successful Yet
Vineyard Gazette
The curtain fell at 2 p.m. on Friday on the Island’s twentieth Consecutive fishing derby and without doubt its most successful. Up to the final hour, the fish arrived at the weighing-in station, and thus the derby ended on a high note, with sixteen bass and eleven bluefish weighed in at the final hour.
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