Gone Fishin' : Kids Day Derby Provides a Successful Fishing Bouillabaisse
The derby's annual Kids Day Saturday morning was a successful bouillabaisse of fish. By the time the early morning fog lifted, kids were fishing from every spot along the Oak Bluffs Steamship Wharf, and doing very well.
The decision by committee leaders to postpone kids day by one week due to hurricane-generated swells did not appear to affect attendance.
Cooper Gilkes, Derby kids day committee chairman, said he could not remember seeing more kids or better fishing at the Derby-sponsored event. And that is a lot of remembering for a guy who gets very little sleep each year just so he can provide the kids with fresh bait.
A surprising number of fluke, most over the legal size limit, were pulled up on the dock. That should provide some incentive for Derby fishermen to take a break and go fishing for some fluke for dinner.
Middle Ground and Lucas Shoals should still be holding some nice fluke. Now is the time to stock some of these good-eating fish away in the freezer.
Scup, false albacore, and a hungry dogfish hooked by one young fisherman and snagged by another, rounded out the morning kids day catch.
In the case of the dogfish, the largest fish caught, the derby solomons decided that two grand overall kid winners were better than one.
Winners of the 2003 Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby "Kids' Day"
Grand Overall Winner: Alysa Mayhew (age 10), Paul Flannery (age 14) 42" dogfish.
8 years old and under
1st Miranda Tokarz (age 7), 16-1/2" fluke
2nd Adam Castro (age 7), 16-1/8" fluke
3rd Joshua Grant (age 7), 16" fluke