Weather Brought Tumultuous End to Fishing Derby
Vineyard Gazette
In all the tumult of a savage easterly gale accompanied by lashing rain, the 10th annual fishing derby came to a close on Saturday, with contestants fishing, or certainly attempting to fish up to the final hour.
 
Island interest had been centered for days on the leading group, visitors and residents, but especially upon Mrs. Serge deSomov, who was holding the lead among visiting bassfishers, and a figurative, at least, sigh of satisfaction went up when she was awarded the grand prize for visitors, the first woman yet to win this award. This was the $500 U.S.
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Woman Angler Reels in a Fifty Pound Bass
Vineyard Gazette
Mrs. Albion A. Alley Jr. reeled in a fifty pound bass Monday night, fish­ing at Squibnocket, and this fish may well be a record for woman‘s shore striper fishing. The best last year’s derby could produce in this department was a twenty-one pound plus bass. In fact the resident grand prize winner, Wallace Pinkham’s fifty-five pound plus fish, was the only one in the whole derby bigger than Mrs. Alley’s.
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Scientific Research Is Aided by High Volume of Fish Brought to Derby Weigh-in Station for Examination
Mark Alan Lovewell
The annual fall fishing derby offers the scientific community an ideal platform for monitoring the health of fish and for doing marine research. Gregory P. Skomal, a regional division of marine fisheries biologist, is involved in several key studies with the help of derby organizers.
 
Derby fishermen provide the perfect mechanism for monitoring fish. Four species of fish are weighed in almost daily, and all a researcher has to do is take his pick.
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Bringing the Joy of Flyfishing to the Women (and Men) of the Vineyard
Alison L. Mead
When fly fishing guide Abbie Schuster thinks back to her first fishing memories, two stand out. The first was around age four when she won a trout competition in Connecticut.
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Striped Bass Survey: First Phase Will Determine Whether These Fish Winter in State
Vineyard Gazette
The three year joint federal-state study of the striped bass populations in Massachusetts waters will start later this month, according to Fran­cis W. Sargent of Orleans, Director of the Division of Marine Fisheries, Department of Natural Resources. The announcement was made at the annual winter meeting of the Massa­chusetts Striped Bass Association, held Monday evening at American Legion Hall, Wollaston, where Mr.
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Sensational Action About Bass Derby: No More Tournaments if Plan Goes Through
Vineyard Gazette
Prospects are good that the annual striped derby will become a regular feature of the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club, and that none save members of the club will participate in the contest. This will mean that, for those who pay the club dues, there will be no further fee for membership in the derby contest or any other tournament which the club may arrange.
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With Remembrance and Anticipation, 71st Fishing Derby Begins
Steve Myrick

After a moment of remembrance in honor of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Roy Langley opened the weigh station Sunday morning and the 71st Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby got underway.

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Derby Camaraderie Lures One and All
Steve Myrick

At 12:01 a.m., the first minute of Sunday morning, the lines will zip off reels and lures will plop softly in the water. The 71st Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins.

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World Unity Might Be Sooner Achieved If All Men Could Go Fishing Together - for Blues
Vineyard Gazette
The bluefish run once more. After many years absence, and seasons when the species had been scarce, the great schools of which oldtimers told, have appeared again in Vineyard waters. True, the fish are small, averaging no more than two pounds each, but providing lively sport for both boat and shore fishermen, plus a banquet fit for the gods when served upon the table.
 
Regardless of opinion, or present day trend, it is the bluefish, rather than the striped bass, which has been the sport fish of this general locality through the generations.
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Striped Bass Derby Called Most Renowned of Events
Vineyard Gazette
In Sports Afield for December, Bernhard A. Roth writes, among other things, of salt-water sport fishing, noting in obeisance the Vineyard Striped Bass Derby. Mr. Roth makes the claim that “the salt waters of the Bay State offer a greater variety of angling than any other North American marine area.” His comment on the derby:
 
“Probably the most renowned saltwater sport event is the Martha’s Vineyard Striper Derby, where the heaviest ‘linesider’ wins a fishing cruiser, trailer, or the monetary equivalent, usually.
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