Heather Hamacek
Though fishing spots are a jealously guarded secret, fishermen are more than willing to divulge their recipes and, on occasion, share their fillets.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
False albacore. Barely sounds like a fish. Tastes like an oily shop rag. Not even included in the official Derby name. Yet an albie is a prized possession at Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby headquarters.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Talk of the Derby has been as gloom and doom as the weather, but excitement picked up in a hurry when nine-year-old Westley Wlodyka dragged a striper almost bigger than he was up to the scale.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Heather Hamacek
Dawn broke pink over Menemsha harbor as the water rippled softly. Aboard the fishing boat Mary Sea, Captain Jonathan Boyd drove fisherman Brian Curry and veteran Tommy Elliot out to Quick’s Hole in search of bluefish.
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Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Every minute on the water counts as the last few days of the derby slip by. As the weather finally turns fair, those on the leader board will hope their fish will hold up until the weigh station door closes at 10 p.m. Saturday night.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
With less than two hours left in the 2016 derby, Dylan Kadison, 14, took the top spot in the boat albacore division. On Saturday morning, Kevin O’Farrell brought in a first place shore bass.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Bluefish and first keys were the lucky combination at the Derby awards ceremony Sunday. Evan Hammond won a new boat, while Ed Amaral won the keys to a new truck.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby said a 36.42-pound striped bass had been disqualified based on evidence that derby rules had been broken.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Sara Brown
Margaret Penicaud continues a longstanding Island-to-Island connection with her Fish Farm for Haiti project. Her kayak raffle raises funds for the cause.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti
Steve Myrick
For 72 years, fishermen have approached the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby as dreamers. Plenty of lines will hit the water at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Fishing
Steve Myrick
At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby began. Ron McKee weighed in the first fish — a 19.12-pound striped bass.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
On Sunday, Sept. 17, kids ages 4 to 14 have the opportunity to fish from the Oak Bluffs Ferry Wharf during the annual Kids Derby.
Kids Derby
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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