Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club kids trout derby turns 39 Saturday


Many of the adults who arrive with kids in tow at Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove Road in West Tisbury to fish in the 39th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Kids Trout Derby Saturday morning will have their own childhood memories of fishing the tournament. Almost four decades old, the free fishing contest has introduced generations of Islanders to the fun of a tug on the end of a line.

Cooper “Coop” Gilkes of Edgartown, the long-time tournament chairman, told The Martha’s Vineyard Times that the club has arranged to stock the pond twice with hundreds of trout. He asked that fishermen, young and old, not take advantage of the stocking prior to the Saturday morning event.

With the support of many volunteers and contributors, the club provides trout, donuts, hot dogs, worms, hot chocolate, and prizes. The annual free fishing event kicks off at first light, approximately 5:30 am. It is open to any child 14 years old and younger. The fun ends at approximately 9 am.

Prizes will be awarded in numerous categories and age groups. For more information or to volunteer, call Coop at 508-627-3909.