Grand Slam Tests Mettle of Derby Anglers

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.

Storm Drives Fish Close for Shore Anglers

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.

Anglers Enter Weekend Hunting for Big Bass

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.

Molly Fischer, Age 12, Is Derby Leader

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.

Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Sees Heavy Catch at Beginning of Contest

Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Sees Heavy Catch at Beginning of Contest

By 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.

Monthlong Bass, Bluefish Derby Will Come to an End Tomorrow

Monthlong Bass, Bluefish Derby Will Come to an End Tomorrow

By 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.

The fishing spot, called the Gut, is well-known to anglers. During the day, they catch false albacore and bonito there. At night, they catch striped bass and bluefish.

Island Fall Fishing Classic Begins with a 13.3-Pound Striped Bass

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.

Gone Fishing: Annual Derby Begins Sunday

Gone Fishing: Annual Derby Begins Sunday

By 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?

Or the time the Grand Slam winner was decided by a mammoth false albacore that was unintentionally snagged off Lobsterville while trolling for bluefish?

Brisk Winds, Choppy Seas Foil Fishing

Brisk Winds, Choppy Seas Foil Fishing

By 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.

Striped Bass Derby at Mid-Term: Fish Scarce, Competition Light

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."

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