The Martha’s Vineyard striped bass derby wound up in a blaze of glory at noon on Tuesday, when the last fish were entered for weighing, and the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club held open house for all entrants, with dinner served in the club rooms in the evening before the prizes were awarded.
A weary group of committeemen, of judges and of sports writers from far and near gave a concerted sigh of relief, but in the same breath acclaimed the derby one of the finest ever staged, and successful to the final detail in every respect. The talk of the day centered around next year’s derby, and the declaration was oft repeated that the derby is to be an annual event, the fame of which will continue to spread as it has started to do this season.
The possibilities of this Vineyard bass derby are unlimited, as viewed from the present aspect, now that all figures have been tabulated and the returns are in, as it were. For while it fell short of expectations in certain respects, it exceeded all hopes in others, and altogether, provided the Vineyard with a wealth of publicity and favorable advertising that would be difficult to duplicate.

Entrants From 29 States

Admittedly the entry list was not what was hoped for. Nearly a thousand total was the way the committee expressed it. But the area represented by these entries was widespread. Two-thirds of the entrants were from the mainland, representing 29 states and the territory of Ontario. Approximately one half of these came from outside of the state of Massachusetts, and this group applies only to the registered entrants in the derby. Actually there were many sport fishermen cruising in boats about the Island, or quartered ashore, who fished throughout the period but who did not register at all.
Again the figures on fish weighed in for prizes is a misleading figure. The total number weighed in was 580, but the total number taken by contestants in the derby was in excess of 2,000. How many were taken by nonregistered fishermen during the derby period is not known, but the number was impressive, to judge by the trips marketed by some of the boats in the vicinity.
On the home side of the picture, the committee and the active promoters of the derby felt that they had truly done their part. There was total of $3,425 included in the prize money, and 310 prizes in merchandise, consisting of sporting goods, the vacation at the Harborside Inn, with all bills paid, together with air transportation to and from New York, a dinghy, and various other valuable articles, estimated to total, with the cash, around eight thousand dollars all given out in prizes to the winners of daily and derby prizes.
Of the fishing itself, and the conduct of the entrants, together with possible benefits to the Island, there is much to be said. M. Martin Gouldey, general chairman said that “there has not been one single act committed during the derby that could be called unsportsmanlike.” This is a tribute to the visitors who came to the Island. Opinion as to how much money was left by the entrants, is varied. Some business men have claimed a considerable patronage from the visitors, others none at all, which was to have been expected.

Visitors Took Most Prizes

In the list of prize-winners, it is seen that while the native fishermen made a good showing, both in the daily record and the derby prizes, the majority of the latter were taken by visitors, and the grand prize was included in this visitors’ list, as the committee had hoped would be the case. There are thirty-seven derby prizes listed in the awards, derby prizes meaning those awarded for the ultimate results of the thirty day period. Of these, twenty-one were taken by visitors, and sixteen by Islanders.
Outstanding above all others, from any point of view, was the achievement of L.D. (Pop) Adam, of Chicago, who won the first prize for the largest fish taken with a fly rod, using light tackle. Adam landed a fourteen-pound, four ounce fish, in the rough waters of Devil’s Bridge Ledge, with a fly rod, carrying a three-once tip, and using a ten-pound test line.
Turkey and striped bass, with all the trimmings were served at the rod and gun club on Tuesday night to a small army of visitors, and the prizes were awarded on the spot. The majority of the derby prize winners were present, including Gordon Pittman of New York, grand prize winner, who flew to the Island in order to be present.
The door prize, a fine surf casting reel, was won by Robert H. Hughes. M. Martin Gouldey, chairman of the general committee, acted as toastmaster, and called on all representatives of the press to speak to the gathering. They responded with brief remarks or fish stories.

List of Prizes

The grand prize of $1,000 was won by Gordon Pittman of New York, who also won the non-resident first prize of a week at the Harborside Inn. The second nonresident prize of a building lot went to Daniel Huntley of Buzzard’s Bay.
The list of other prize winners is as follows.
The derby prize list follows:
Surf casting: 1st, Thomas L. Flynn, Edgartown, 35 lbs.; 2nd, Alfred Williams, Brooklyn, 31 lbs.; 3rd, Alton Noyes, Albany, 30 lbs., 10 ounces; 4th Harry Clarke, Edgartown, 29 lbs., 14 ounces; 5th, Chief of Police Simeon C. Pinkham, Vineyard Haven, 28 lbs., 11 1/2 ounces; 6th Henry Moore, Boston, 25 lbs., 12 ounces; 7th, John Caperonis, Oak Bluffs, 24 lbs., 3 ounces; 8th, Marien Viera, Vineyard Haven, 23 lbs. 10 1/2 ounces; 9th, Ralph Case, Edgartown, 22 lbs., 13 ounces; 10th, Cooper A. Gilkes Jr., Oak Bluffs, 17 1/2 ounces; 11th, Stanton H. Bryden, Vineyard Haven, 16 lbs., 2 1/2 ounces; 12th, Louise de Somor, Hampton Bay, N.Y., 12 lbs. 15 ounces; 13th, W.O. Simpkins, East Orange, N.J., 13 lbs, 15 ounces.
Fly rod and light tackle: 1st, L.D. “Pop” Adam, Chicago, Ill., 14 lbs, 4 ounces; 2nd, Sumner A. Towne, Buzzard’s Bay, 13 1/2 lbs.; 3rd, Samuel Phillips, Boston, 11 lbs. 13 ounces; 4th, Stephen C. Marvin, Indian Hill, Ohio, 10 lbs., 14 ounces; 5th, William Upperman, Atlantic City, N.J., 8 lbs., 3 ounces.
Special classes: veterans’, Daniel Huntley, Buzzard’s Bay.
Non-residents: 1st, Gordon Pittman, Harborside Inn visit; 2nd, Daniel Huntley, building lot.
Women anglers: 1st, Mrs. Estena Gould.
Juvenile: Robert Perry, Oak Bluffs, 7 3/4 pounds.
Senior: M.S. Blaisdell, Springfield, 72 years old, 10 lbs., 5 ounces.
Consolation: Harleigh Everett Waltham, 18 hours of consecutive fishing with no fish. The prize is a weekend on the Vineyard.
Conservation prize: Pop Adams, Chicago.
Trolling: 1st, Daniel Huntley, Buzzard’s Bay, 39 lbs.; 2nd, Mrs. Estena Gould, Edgartown, 38 1/2 lbs.; 3rd, Miss Gladys Snow, Cuttyhunk, 31 lbs.; William A. Lippi, Medford, 28 lbs., 8 ounces; 5th, George A. Desnoyers, White River Junction, VT., 25 lbs.; 7th, Edward F. Case, Edgartown, 20 lbs., 8 1/2 ounces.
Bridge fishing: 1st, Jules Ben David, Oak Bluffs, 12 lbs.; 2nd, Edwin Landers, Oak Bluffs, 10 lbs., 9 ounces; 3rd, Alfred H. Doyle, Edgartown, 9 lbs., 13 ounces; 4th, Warren Delano, Brockton, 9 lbs., 3 ounces; 5th Lester Perry, Oak Bluffs, 9 lbs., 2 ounces; 6th, Frank A. Noyes, Oak Bluffs, 8 lbs., 13 ounces; 8th, Alton Noyes, Albany, 7 lbs., 5 ounces. 


Last Phases of Derby

Thomas L. Flynn, the sage of Pohogonot, came to the forefront in the bass derby contest on Saturday, when he won first prize for the biggest fish, and took the lead in surf-casting, with a 35 pounder. This was the most sensational development, up to Monday night. Also on Saturday, Henry Moore of Boston took second prize for big fish, with a bass that weighed 25 pounds, 12 ounces, also taken in the surf. There was no prize awarded for the greatest number, but the consolation prize went to Ted Howell of Gay Head, whose fish weighed 25 pounds, 14 ounces.
On Friday, first money went to William A. Lippi of Medford, for a 28 pound, 8 ounce fish, taken trolling. Second prize was won by Edward Russell of East Hartford, Conn., who took an 11 pounder, surf casting. Alton Noyes of Albany, weighed in three fish, the largest number of the day, and Richard A. West of Edgartown won the consolation prize for a 5 pound, 3 ounce fish.
Dr. Clement N. Amaral of Oak Bluffs got the biggest fish on Sunday, trolling. This weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces. Second prize went to Edwin Landers of Oak Bluffs, for an 11 pound, 6 ounce fish, taken casting, and Dr. Amaral also won the consolation prize, for an 8 pound, 1 1/2 ounce fish.
On Monday, Harry Clarke of Edgartown took first with a 29 pound, 14 ounce fish, taken surf casting. The consolation prize was won by Albert E. Holmes of Oak Bluffs, whose fish weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, taken surf casting. No second prize for high number were awarded.

Records Well Kept

J.C. Shackleton’s records of the derby statistics were efficiently set up so that all prizes were tabulated completely when the derby was hardly over. By 3 p.m., Oct. 15 all the visiting newspaper representatives had the list of all prize winners for publication.
Should any derby contestant be in doubt as to whether or not he won a prize, M. Martin Gouldey can now give the desired information, as he has the records and is arranging for complete distribution of the great number of prizes still to be delivered to the respective winners.