Big Blues Roll in as Derby Heads to Final Weekend Blitz
False albacore, bonito and bluefish all had their turn in the spotlight this year at the 77th annual Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
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An Ocean Runs Through It; Vineyarders Flock to Fly Fishing
Fly fishing won’t usually land a fisherman at the top of the all-tackle leaderboard in the derby, but it is a category all its own for beauty and bragging rights.
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Derby Days Continue and Filet Program Marches on
So far approximately 2,800 people have registered for the derby, and organizers expect a final surge for the holiday weekend.
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Derby Fishermen Head Down to the Sea
“I must go down to the sea again,” wrote the poet John Masefield, “to the lonely sea and the sky.” The title of that poem is Sea-Fever, and we remember it at this season each year, when a similar affliction strikes Island residents and visitors.
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Blues and Bonito Go Big As Derby Hits Midterm Stride
Phil Horton is a shore guy, a surf caster who has been fishing the Derby for 35 years.
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Morning at the Weigh Station During Derby Days

All eyes are on the weigh station at the foot of Main street on the Edgartown harbor. Each morning and evening from 8 to 10, the fish are brought to the scales. Stories of the big one caught and the ones that got away carry on throughout the day and night.

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Coffee and a Side of Fish Stories Down at Derby Headquarters
The false albacore have had a banner year so far at the 77th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
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Noble Days and Clarity of Light for Second Week of Derby
Gone fishing is the rallying cry for the Island in the second week of the derby. And as always the competition signals that time in the Vineyard year between the waning days of summer and the arrival of autumn.
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Young Anglers Have Their Time in the Limelight
For two hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, kids fished from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority pier before the first ferry of the day arrived, thanks to the annual Kids Derby event.
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Kids Derby Day Hooks Them Early

Each year, as part of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, a special morning returns to the Oak Bluffs Steamship pier. Before the first ferry slides in, kids ages four to 14 are given free reign of the wharf to try their luck during Kids Derby Day.

No registration is needed, just an ability to wake up early — and convince a parent to do the driving.

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