Martha’s Vineyard Derby Wrap-Up

September 19th 2010 Kid's Day, excerpt image from Plum TV video (see below), September 19th 2010 Kid's Day.

Martha’s Vineyard Time writer Neslon Sigelman wrote yet another excellent and very moving article regarding the 65th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. Here’s an excerpt:

“The 65th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby concluded with a dramatic awards ceremony. The common thread among the many boisterous well-wishers crowded into Nectar’s was the fishing contest, but in fact it was a fishing contest that is about more than catching a fish.

Scott Duhaime knew that was true when he carried his cancer-stricken son Brendan up on stage to receive an award for the second biggest bluefish in the mini-junior division, and the crowd cheered as the little boy inwardly beamed from a frail body too tired to smile.

Roger Schaefer, a man who had lost everything he worked for but still retained the things that are important, won big when his key opened the lock of a brand new Eastern boat much to the delight of his 101-year-old grandfather, who celebrated like a man not past 70.

“So many things have changed from when I was a kid but the Derby is still the Derby,” Roger told a cheering crowd.

Michael A. Paone of Newtonville arrived every weekend to fish the Derby. On the same trip, his 13-year-old son Giovanni caught a bass that put him on top of the junior division and dad landed the 37.60-pound striper that landed him a new Chevy Silverado pickup truck, courtesy of the Clay Family dealerships.

To read the full article, go to:

Martha’s Vineyard Times

Derby Awards Video:


65th Derby Results:

  • Bluefish/Boat: Estey L. Teller, 16.29 lbs.
  • Bluefish/Shore: Roger A. Schaefer, 13.27 lbs.
  • Striped Bass/Boat: Michael A. Paone, 37.60 lbs.
  • Striped Bass/Shore: Paul P. Stamos, 31.87 lbs.
  • Bonito/Boat: Wilz: A. Moreis, 10.39 lbs.
  • Bonito/Shore: Dave Desmarais, 8.35 lbs.
  • False Albacore/Boat: Terry W. Horrocks, 14.22 lbs.
  • False Albacore/Shore: Hayden L. Boullie, 14.33 lbs.

Video: September 19, 2010: Kids Day