Max Hart
Six stripers over 30 pounds each were weighed in in the first 36 hours of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, and if the early catch is any indication it is going to be an exciting 35 days of fishing.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
For a weekend anticipated to be a washout for fishermen, it was an active three days at Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby headquarters in Edgartown.
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Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
If you ask Thomas Ronan, he'll tell you it was a great week of fishing around the Island during the second week of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. But that is to be expected from someone who lands a 39.48-pound striped bass that puts him atop the leader board and into the running for a new truck.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
MAX HART
Grand Slam Tests Mettle of Derby Anglers By MAX HART When Thomas Ronan started fishing the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby in the late 1980s, he never thought much about catching anything other than striped bass.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
With six days left to catch the winning fish, a new name was scrawled in chalk atop the leaderboard, capturing the hearts and minds of all in the waning moments of the 60th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
MAX HART
Want some plot lines from a typical Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby fish tale? How about the salty old fisherman who landed the winning fish on a dark beach in Edgartown in the waning hours of the tournament?
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
Island Fall Fishing Classic Begins with Thirteen-Pound Striped Bass By MARK ALAN LOVEWELL Vying to be the first to weigh in a fish in the 61st annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, a sleepy Jim Cornwell arrived at the downtown Edgartown weigh station at 4 a.m. Sunday. Armed with a striped bass caught on East Beach on Chappaquiddick, Mr. Cornwell - a 69-year-old retired chemist from Edgartown - proceeded to wait for the opening at 8 o'clock.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Max Hart
How have the wind and choppy seas affected the fishing during the first week of the 61st Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby? That depends on whom you ask.
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Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
MAX HART
Striped Bass Derby at Mid-Term: Fish Scarce, Competition Light By MAX HART As the 61st annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby rounds the corner into the second half of the tournament, the big story this week has been - well, that there is no big story. "There's been a whole lot of standing around, waiting," derby headquarters volunteer Martha Smith said yesterday morning. "We're all waiting for the conditions to change, waiting for the big ones to arrive."
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Mark Alan Lovewell
The water is swirling in the narrow channel connecting Cape Pogue Pond to the Edgartown outer harbor. Minutes before the tide hit bottom, the pond was as low as gets, and now the waters of the ocean are running back in.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
fishing
Mark Alan Lovewell
Roy Langley, weigh master for the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, will ring a cowbell at 8 a.m. sharp Sunday morning. Once that cowbell rings, at the entrance to the official derby headquarters at the foot of Main street in Edgartown, the Vineyard will become an entirely different place. From that moment on, derby participants can bring in their fish to be weighed in the month-long contest that galvanizes the Island every year.
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
George Moran with striper
Mark Alan Lovewell
Opening day at the 2007 Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was a smash, including the recording of a first day grand slam by Capt. Tom Langman of Menemsha, likely a first day record. Derby president Ed Jerome said of the slam: “We don’t keep records for that but I don’t ever remember it happening on the first day. Certainly we’ve had one-day grand slams before but they are rare.”
Derby records
Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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