Steve Myrick
Caitlyn Parkhurst of West Tisbury walked in with the first fish of the derby just five minutes afterweighmaster Roy Langley rang the opening bell.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
The annual Kids Derby Day is Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 a.m.
Kids Derby
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Fishermen were hauling in plenty of stripers from shore, a total of 45 weighed in by Thursday morning. Weighmaster Mike Cassidy said it may be a sign of a healthier fish stock.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Derby fishermen, friends and family members mourned the loss of Ed Jerome, longtime president of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Aubrey Warburton, a fourth-grader at the Oak Bluffs school, has been fishing since she was five. When talking with the Gazette this week, she wore a “Girls Kick Bass” sweatshirt.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Striped bass are plentiful this year and yet the big breeding females, the ones that star in the old pictures of derby fishermen straining to hold up 60-pound bass, have yet to return.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
Ray Cabot weighed in an 11.75-pound bonito on Sunday night, the second largest bonito to hit the scale in the history of the tournament.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Fish and more fish! That was the burden of the report from derby headquarters on Saturday noon.
Derby records
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Landry Harlan
Stories are reeled in every day at derby headquarters at the foot of Main street on the Edgartown harbor. A Gazette video captures a night at the weigh station.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
A record number of fishermen signed up for the 73rd Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby. Fishing finishes today and the awards ceremony begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Farm Neck Golf Club.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Steve Myrick
David Kadison chose the key that popped open a padlock to win a Suburu Forrester, and Paul Hoffman chose the key that won him a new center console fishing boat.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Will Sennott
The curtain rises at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 for the 74th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. The first weigh-in begins at 8 a.m.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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