67th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby opens

Derby weighmasters Charlie Smith (Left) and Roy Langley opened the weigh station door at 8 am. Sunday morning as Mike Stimola waited to walk in with a striped bass.
Photo by Ralph Stewart

Derby weighmasters Charlie Smith (Left) and Roy Langley opened the weigh station door at 8 am. Sunday morning as Mike Stimola waited to walk in with a striped bass.

The 67th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby began at 12:01 am, Sunday morning. Numerous fishermen wasted little time getting a line in the water.

Mike Stimola of West Tisbury was the first bleary-eyed fisherman waiting on the ramp when weighmasters Charlie Smith and Roy Langley slid the door open and rang handbells at 8 am to signal the start of the fishing tournament that has become synonymous with fall on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Derby ends at 10 pm, Saturday, October 13. For many Islanders over the coming weeks, life will be measured by fish. To be specific, the goal is to catch the heaviest bonito, false albacore, bluefish or striped bass from shore or boat and attain the title of “grand leader” and hold that nail-biting distinction until the final weigh-in.

At the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, October 14, one of the four grand shore leaders will win a new Eastern outboard boat, motor, and trailer courtesy of the Derby and Eastern boats. One of the four grand boat leaders will win a new Chevrolet Silverado truck, courtesy of the Derby and the Clay Family dealerships.

For more information and daily results go to mvderby.com.