Steve Myrick
The weekend weather demonstrated a tried and true maxim for competitors in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby: east is least, west is best. Plenty of fish were weighed in Saturday, but there was a drop off Sunday and Monday.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Alex Elvin
All along Lobsterville Beach one morning this week, about a dozen anglers stood in waders, casting into the surf. On any given day during the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, Lobsterville and neighboring Menemsha are hotspots for surfcasters and fly fishermen of all ages.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
The Island fishing scene is still buzzing as the 2015 Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby heads into the final week. As veteran anglers know, the grand leader board can change up until the final bell.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Alex Elvin
The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, which is heading into its final stretch, is a multi-generational affair, with parents and kids casting lines together and some of the youngest anglers catching big fish.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
The 70th annual Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby is in the books. A chilly but enthusiastic crowd gathered at derby headquarters Saturday night for the final weigh-in of the tournament. The awards ceremony is Sunday.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Derby president Ed Jerome thought he had seen just about everything. Until Sunday’s award ceremony, when Miles Whyte of Edgartown took the microphone and proposed to his girlfriend.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
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.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
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.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
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.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
It’s time to get the future generations of Vineyard fishermen and women hooked on the derby.
Kids Derby
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Vivian Ewing
On Monday evening, the second night of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the fillet tables at weigh-in headquarters were full with volunteers.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Vivian Ewing
Fishing poles bobbed like reeds and voices were hushed early Sunday as children waited to claim their spots at the Oak Bluffs Steamship wharf for the annual kids derby day. Hannah Gibb, 13, was the overall winner with a 19.75-inch shark.
Kids Derby
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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