Mark Alan Lovewell
The 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, a minute past midnight. The first groggy fishermen of the month-long contest will line up to weigh in their catch when the derby headquarters opens at 8 a.m. in Edgartown.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
False albacore have yet to make a strong appearance in the first week of the 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. So far only small, undersized false albacore have been seen. The contest began on Wednesday morning with just two fishermen weighing in their fish in the first half-hour of the contest.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The end of the 56th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is a day away. Many of the Island's top fishermen will fish right to the end, through tonight and into tomorrow. The derby will end when the headquarters at the foot of Main street in Edgartown close at 10 p.m. tomorrow. An awards ceremony will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Oak Bluffs nightclub Atlantic Connection.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The 57th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby starts tomorrow morning. For some of the Island's anglers, it can't start fast enough. Fishermen started talking about this year's derby months ago. They talked about the derby when the first striped bass arrived in Vineyard waters in April.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The 57th annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby began Wednesday without a hitch. Brendan Langley, the weigh master, was dressed for the ordeal of weighing in each of the four species of fish: striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito. When the weigh-in headquarters opened at 8 a.m. fishermen were already standing outside. In 15 minutes all four species of fish had made an appearance on the scale.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
Some of the winners in the 57th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby aren't even fishing. Thanks to the generosity of fishermen and derby organizers, senior citizens across the Island are eating the freshest-caught fish every night. Many excellent fish fillets are collected each day by contest officials.
Derby Fillet Program
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
When the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins this Sunday, there will be more prizes than ever before in the event's 58-year history. This year's contest is offering $300,000 in prizes over the course of the tournament, which runs three days longer than last year.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The mood was jovial at derby headquarters in Edgartown Sunday morning.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The start of the 59th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby may be only two days away, but the planning and preparation go back a year. This Sunday at 12:01 a.m.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
Sixty-year-old Kenny Metell of Edgartown has never caught a winning fish in all his years as a participant in the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, but on Sunday he hit the ground running. Mr. Metell weighed in the first fish of the derby.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
With two days to go before the close of the 59th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, tournament officials are already calling this year's event one of the most successful in the history of the competition.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
In the end, it was a 12.48-pound false albacore hooked in the shallows off Memorial Wharf in Edgartown, and a 10.13-pound bonito snagged in 60-foot seas off Noman's Land that proved to be the grandest catches of all as the 59th Annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby came to a close on Sunday.
Derby winners
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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