Scenes from the 2015 Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The 70th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby got underway in the wee hours of the morning on Sept. 13.

Rods Ready, Albies Biting; 70th Derby Begins on Sunday

By many accounts, the 70th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is shaping up for a strong start on Sunday morning. Committee member Amy Coffey said Wednesday that all four derby species — false albacore, bonito, bluefish and striped bass — are biting.

Lure Fish Derby Pop-Up Gallery

Vineyard artist Abe Pieciak is opening a pop-up gallery for his art business, Lure Fish, at Nevin Square in downtown Edgartown.

Stripers Are Down in Derby Catch This Year

By all accounts, the 69th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was a major success with records all around. But the number of striped bass was dramatically lower, with only 288 weighed in.

Derby Sets Record for Attendance

Bluefish carried the day this year at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, with two men taking home the grand prizes for bluefish caught from the shore and from a boat. The derby saw a record 3,282 registrants.

Final Bell for the Derby

The last weigh-in Saturday night saw Helena Kirschenbaum win the grand slam with her striped bass while Seb Keefe brought in a shore bonito to take over top spot on the leader board. And then it was over. The derby awards ceremony is today at Farm Neck.

Rods Up, Reels Down; Derby Daze Heads to the Finish Line

You can stock up on lines, lures and bait, but ultimately getting a top fish at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby takes some luck and a lot of persistence. Anglers are working overtime.

Wounded in Battle, Healed by the Sea

Ten veterans and their families are participating in the sixth annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge, hosted by Bob and Sarah Nixon. The veterans spend their mornings at sea, afternoons golfing and surfcasting. The challenge is full of gestures both large and small from the Vineyard community.

Small Fries Are Catching Big Fish

The kids are all right, at least as far as the derby is concerned. Seven-year-old Mason Warburton has held the top spot since the second day for his boat-caught false albacore.

Albie Dance

Rising sun, rising tide
Rising fish, rising spirit

The birds in the sky
Start to chirp, can you hear it?
Cut and dip, dash and dive,
How can the baitfish
Ever survive?
Shade your eyes, scout the horizon
The fish are breaking, our spirits rising
Hogy hooked up,
At last the chance,
To do the lightning Albie dance,
Bow to stern, left to right
One thing I’ve learned,
Best keep it tight,

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