Three bluefish, a nice bass plus an albie and a bonito all crossed the scale Sunday morning, and the 69th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby was under way. At 8 a.m. the wooden doors of the small fishing shack on Edgartown harbor slid open, welcoming the first catches.
It was a busy and profitable year for summer traffic to the Island by ferry and by air.
But the big transportation success story of the summer is the Vineyard Transit Authority which set ridership records in July and August.
Derby fever can strike just about anyone during the five weeks of fishing that kick off this weekend. The 69th annual derby begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and the first weigh-in bell rings at 8 a.m. The tournament runs through Oct. 18.
Fisherman and chef Abe Pieciak turned to art last year by creating a series of watercolors he calls Lure Fish. This year he is donating a print for every single day of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
Ethel Sherman, much loved for her sweet laugh and tart wit along with her jams, died on Sept 4. at age 91. A graveside service is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Abel's Hill Cemetery in Chilmark, followed by a potluck gathering at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury.