Kids Derby day is Sunday on Martha’s Vineyard

— File photo by Susan Safford

The Kids Mini-Derby is Sunday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 9 am, at the Oak Bluffs Steamship pier. No casting skill is required and a simple fishing rod will suffice. Simply bait a weighted hook with a piece of squid or sand eel and drop it to the bottom where, with luck, a hungry scup or sea robin lies in wait.

The mini-derby is strictly for kids old enough to hold and reel a fishing rod, through age 14. It is the one and only time fishing is allowed from the pier. The event is free, and open to all kids.