Tuesday, and continue through Oct. 15. Striped bass and bluefish are the game fish to be sought, and for which prizes are given. The derby, often called the outstanding one of its kind on the Atlantic Coast, is also the oldest, in terms of continuous operation.
The derby is known from coast to coast, and close to 2,000 entrants from 22 states attended a year ago. The present promise of good fishing is expected to bring a crowd that large or larger.
The derby committee has been diligent, as always, in making preparations for the event, and has already listed more than 400 prizes and trophies, all of them utilitarian in character - the committee has never favored giving prizes which can only be hung on a wall.
For example, there are more than $2,000 worth of government bonds included in the list. The grand prizes in three classes are bonds of $500, $100, and $50. Among other prizes are bonds of lesser value, fishing tackle and silver bowls, some offered by institutions outside the derby committee.
A goodly number of striped bass and bluefish, the later of impressive size, have been taken in Vineyard waters in recent months, and the rod and reel fishermen are only asking favorable weather for seeking them, either from beaches or boats.
Despite the number of trespass cases, prosecuted in the courts this past summer, there are many owners of beaches who have always allowed fishermen to cross their lands and fish from them, and are expected to again. Full information as to lands either posted or open for fishing can be obtained from the derby committee, and should be, before faring forth to fish. As it was a year ago, the weighing-in station will be on Circuit avenue, Oak Bluffs.
Addition information concerning the derby can be obtained there, or from Benjamin F. Morton, derby secretary, in Vineyard Haven.