Vineyard Gazette
The first Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass Derby, the most ambitious event of its kind to be arranged for this coast, will begin at 12 noon on Sunday, Sept. 15, and will continue until 12 noon on Oct. 15. The grand prize of the derby is $1,000, and among the contestants so far are salt water fishermen from Toronto, others from Canada, four from Virginia, two from Philadelphia, and hundreds from the New England states and New York.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Vineyard Gazette
In all the tumult of a savage easterly gale accompanied by lashing rain, the 10th annual fishing derby came to a close on Saturday, with contestants fishing, or certainly attempting to fish up to
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Remy Tumin
Last fall a group of nine soldiers arrived in Menemsha to compete in the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
American Heroes Saltwater Challenge
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Will Sennott
The venerable saltwater fishing contest entering its 75th year, will eliminate striped bass from the competition this fall.
Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby
Striped bass


From the Sept. 13, 1963 edition of the Vineyard Gazette:

The Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association is bringing back its annual tackle sale for the sixth consecutive year this Saturday.


A monster bluefish caught from the shore proved to be the lucky charm for Zachary Magid of West Tisbury, who took home the grand prize in the 76th derby.

If you’ve been having a hard time getting a plumber, gardener, carpenter or even reaching a bank president lately, have no fear. The 76th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is almost over.

As the 76th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby heads into the final week of competition, a day 40 years ago is on a lot of fishermen’s minds — the Columbus Day blitz.

They may be fish out of water, but this year’s Bass in the Grass auction is helping to raise thousands of dollars for scholarships, artists and the Edgartown Board of Trade.