Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

Big Blues Roll in as Derby Heads to Final Weekend Blitz

False albacore, bonito and bluefish all had their turn in the spotlight this year at the 77th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

An Ocean Runs Through It; Vineyarders Flock to Fly Fishing

Fly fishing won’t usually land a fisherman at the top of the all-tackle leaderboard in the derby, but it is a category all its own for beauty and bragging rights.

Derby Days Continue and Filet Program Marches on

So far approximately 2,800 people have registered for the derby, and organizers expect a final surge for the holiday weekend.

Blues and Bonito Go Big As Derby Hits Midterm Stride

Phil Horton is a shore guy, a surf caster who has been fishing the Derby for 35 years.

Coffee and a Side of Fish Stories Down at Derby Headquarters

The false albacore have had a banner year so far at the 77th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Young Anglers Have Their Time in the Limelight

For two hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, kids fished from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority pier before the first ferry of the day arrived, thanks to the annual Kids Derby event.

Kids Derby Day Hooks Them Early

Each year, as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, a special morning returns to the Oak Bluffs Steamship pier. Before the first ferry slides in, kids ages four to 14 are given free reign of the wharf to try their luck during Kids Derby Day.

No registration is needed, just an ability to wake up early — and convince a parent to do the driving.

An Albie Opens the Derby as the Island Tradition Begins Again

Steve Amaral rang the opening bell for the 77th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and Lisa Belcastro answered with a 10.64-pound albie.

Rods Ready, Lures Lined Up, Secret Spots Await; Derby Days Return

The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish derby returns for its 77th year, hooking anglers from near and far in the hunt for the largest bluefish, bonito and false albacore.

Derby Days

From the Sept. 13, 1963 edition of the Vineyard Gazette: