The stripers are back

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Ryan Collins holds the first documented striped bass of the season. —Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins, founder of the fishing media group My Fishing Cape Cod, caught the first officially documented Martha’s Vineyard striper of 2017, on April 19 at about 3 pm.

Mr. Collins told The Times he later found out that Islander Abe Pieciak caught a striper about three hours earlier that he did, around 12 noon. Mr. Pieciak was the first fisherman to post a caught striper on the Larry’s Tackle Shop Facebook page; however, it was not documented with a photo.

Mr. Collins also has video of his catch.