Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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.

Martha’s Vineyard Derby Will Remove Striped Bass From Competition

The venerable saltwater fishing contest entering its 75th year, will eliminate striped bass from the competition this fall.

A Derby First, Grand Prize Car Goes to a Ten Year Old

Ten-year-old Aubrey Warburton became the youngest angler in the derby’s history to take home the grand prize car, a brand new Subaru Impreza.

Youth Leads the Way as Derby Rings Final Bell

With 51 minutes to go during Saturday night’s final weigh-in for the 74th Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, it seemed as if all the fish on the grand leaderboards were going to hold.

High Winds and Fickle Fish as Derby Heads Into Final Weekend

The final weigh in for the 74th Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby ends on Saturday at 10 p.m. The awards ceremony is Sunday at 1 p.m..

For 74th Derby, It's Into the Home Stretch

As the 74th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby enters the final week, competition is picking up. Bluefish are one case in point.