Preparing for the Derby

An article by Mark Alan Lovewell in the Vineyard Gazette describes the buildup to the 65th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, which starts Sunday morning:

The fishermen are waiting.

George Moran of Oak Bluffs will be out there. At 64, he is almost as old as the derby. “For me it is wonderful being outdoors, being on the beaches, out at night with the stars and moon,” Mr. Moran said.

More than 2,000 fishermen, perhaps 3,000, will enter the month-long contest that begins on a Sunday in the earliest hours of morning and ends on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. More than a quarter million dollars in prizes will be parceled out during the contest. Some prizes are awarded daily, others are weekly and then there is the grand overall winner. The prizes are not just for big fish. Anyone can catch a mystery prize, a satchel full of fishing gear, just for weighing in a fish.

To read the full article go to the Vineyard Gazette.

Check the full Derby Information at their website.

Video Awards from 2009


This is footage from October 18, 2009 the 64th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby Awards. This is the footage of the Key Ceremony “Shore Division”. One of four lucky anglers get a chance to win a brand new Eastern 24′ Boat.