Gone fishin’: It takes a village to land a striped bass

There are many ways to have fun on Martha’s Vineyard in the summertime. For 11-year-old Justice Hartford, visiting from Oakland, Calif., catching a big...

Gone fishin’: No sommelier needed at VFW fluke derby

The sunbaked fishermen gathered inside the VFW building Sunday evening looked just a few degrees short of well-done. Two days of hot, sunny weather...

Gone fishin’: The fishing is easy, it’s the getting there that...

So I’m casually driving along Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road minding my own business, at a fair clip. I mean, I’m not one of those Island...

Gone fishin’: A fisherman weighs the reel options

My wife thinks the primary purpose of my post office box is to collect fishing and hunting catalogs. I do receive quite a few....

Gone fishin’: Friendly conversation in an out-of-the-way location

Most evenings, I am not an ambitious fisherman. I do not set out to catch a 50-pound striper. More often than not — Derby...

Gone fishin’: Take your dad fishing on Father’s Day

Several weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a program at the Vineyard Playhouse titled “Fish Tales.” On Monday evening, I joined Janet...

We can all learn from the mistakes of others

Years ago, a fisherman I know hooked and landed a spiny dogfish off Lobsterville Beach. Not wanting to grab the thrashing creature, he kicked...

Gone fishin’: Not much catch in the catch-and-release tourney

The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club held its 24th annual striped bass catch-and-release tournament Saturday night. From 7 pm to 2 am, a...

Gone fishin’: When good things happen to bad people

I pulled my truck into Tom’s driveway. He unclipped his fishing rod from the rod holder and grabbed his waders from the bed of...

American eel remains one of nature’s mysteries

One week ago Monday, I joined a small group on the bank of Mill Brook, just below the aging Mill Pond dam, to assess...