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Gavin Smith

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Late season blitz

With fewer and fewer boats in the water, I have been fishing mostly from shore. I seldom leave home without a bag full of...

Fall bite is on

The weather finally feels like fall. Cold nights, brisk mornings, and steady winds. You don’t have to look far to find the avid anglers...

Derby days are gone, but the fish are not

The Derby is over, and the crowds of anglers have largely left the beaches and jetties. The Derby headquarters is now vacant. Boats are...

Homesick for some real fishing

Last week my wife and I traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., to visit our insanely cute newborn nephew and, of course, his parents. Meeting...

Coming home with friends, but no fish

Somehow it seems that September came and went faster than the rest of the summer. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and...

Colder water is on the way

The second week of the Derby is over, and things are heating up. Bait fish continue to surround the Island, and the leaderboard has...

Derby fever interrupted by terrible loss

Suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the height of the Derby, we lost an avid fisherman, a beloved Islander, and a Derby legacy with...

The most wonderful time of year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The congestion on the roads and beaches is starting to clear up, the bait fish are...

Oak Bluffs fireworks were not the only show last week

Last week a good friend of ours, Henrik Olsson, came to visit the Island from Key West. Henrik is the kind of friend who...

Fishing Report: Keep the faith in the fish

We have all heard the comments — “There are no fish,” “Where are the fish?” It’s no lie that pickings have been slim recently,...

A recipe for successful bluefish eating

Spring was amazingly productive fishing from shore, but the water has warmed up, and it’s getting a little tougher out there. There are still...

Safety net  

One of the best things I have found through my experiences fishing is a sense of community. It is rare that I head out...

Real fishing is a journey

When my wife and I first moved to Martha’s Vineyard, I had the grand idea that I would just “become” a fisherman. I arrived...