Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

And the Key Fits; Greg Clark Takes Home Derby Grand Prize

Greg G. Clark won the grand prize in a quiet ceremony Sunday afternoon as the 75th derby came to a close.

For Amaral Brothers, Derby Has Always Been a Family Affair

Ed and Steve Amaral fished the first Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish derby in 1946 when they were 10 and nine years old, respectively.

Derby Fish Donation Program Expands Beyond Senior Centers

The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby will partner with Island Grown Initiative to distribute fresh fish for seniors, community meals and Islanders in need.

Cool Weather Arrives, and Derby Fishermen Are Chasing the Big Ones

The weigh station has been buzzing at derby headquarters, as cool autumn days arrive and the fishing heats up. “The fishing has been phenomenal,” derby chairman Joe El-Deiry said.

Found on Craig’s List, Derby Grand Prize Is Classic Boat Design

The story of the Cape Codder 19 dates to the late 1960s when Sandy Urquhart was tinkering with hull designs aimed at creating an affordable craft made specifically for Cape and Vineyard waters.

Fickle Weather, Fierce Fishing; Big Bonito Rock Week Two

Elizabeth Thompson, an 11-year-old, sixth-grader at the West Tisbury school, broke the derby’s junior record for boat-caught bonito on Saturday with a 11.68-pound fish.

First Week of the Derby: You Can't Win if You Don't Enter

A possible record bonito did not cross the scales during the first week of action, as the fisherman had not registered for the derby.

An Albie and a Bluefish Cross the Scales As 75th Derby Gets Underway

Serena Ward, fishing in her first derby, earned bragging rights for the first fish, an 8.4-pound false albacore. Chuck Winter was second with a 4.44-pound bluefish.

Absent Stripers, 75th Derby Ready to Begin in Uusual Year

The bell will ring and the first fish will cross the scale Sunday morning as usual. But beyond that, little will be as usual when the 75th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby gets under way.

Hoping History Repeats; Derby Moratorium Has Precedent

It was the fall of 1984 and striped bass were in trouble. Along the East Coast, states were beginning to take action.