Vineyard prepares to challenge Nantucket in Island Cup fishing contest

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The Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters’ Association is preparing to field a team of Island anglers to compete in the eighth Island Cup contest on Nantucket, hosted by the defending champion Nantucket Anglers’ Club the weekend of June 19, 20, and 21.

“The contest combines a surf-fishing competition with a neighborly home-hosted stay,” MV Team Captain Victor Colantonio said. “The result is a big dose of fun while fish are biting, and a bigger dose of friendship when they’re not. The Island Cup is another way to stir up membership in our organization by offering a new venue, new friendships, and the great experience of team fishing.”

Mr. Colantonio said the annual catch-and-release contest is America’s only team-surfcasting competition open to men and women. This year, the team is in need of women. Members of the host team provide

lodging, transportation, and local knowledge about the best Nantucket fishing spots. Next year it will be the Vineyard’s turn to host Nantucketers.

The team will depart at 1:25 pm, Friday, June 19, on the HyLine. Fishing begins that evening, and ends Sunday afternoon. The cup presentation in the Anglers’ Club ballroom at 2 pm Sunday will follow a parade through the streets of Nantucket.

For more information, go to the MV Surfcasters website at mvsurfcasters.org/Contact, or email Mr. Colantonio at victorcolantonio@rocketmail.com.