Sunday, July 3, 2022

Gone Fishin'

Gone fishin’: Derby Kids Day is about the pure fun of fishing

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The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Kids Day outing provides a welcome respite from the intensity of all-out fishing competition. For a few hours, the goal is not to climb the piscatorial...

Gone Fishin’: The 70th Bass and Bluefish Derby begins

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The 70th Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby began with a false albacore. Aidan Gates of Tisbury was first in the weigh station line when longtime weigh master Roy Langley slid open the...

Gone fishin’: Friends don’t let friends fish for albies

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I am planning to make an independent film, and I need financial backers. Auditions for lead roles and supporting cast members begin Sunday, the start of the 70th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish...

Gone Fishin’: Look what the tine brought in

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There are a lot of different ways a man can lose his wedding ring in the ocean. However, there are not a lot of stories that a wife would believe — or that would...

Gone fishin’: Time and tide do wait when asked

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The August 20 print edition of The Times republished the August 13 tide chart. My good friend Cooper Gilkes alerted me in a phone call, with some degree of glee, to what he thought...

Gone fishin’: A ramble around the fishing neighborhood

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The one benefit of the hot weather this week on Martha’s Vineyard is that it reminds me of why I do not live in Florida. Imagine dealing with this heat and humidity for months...

Gone fishin’: Islanders foul the nest

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Updated 2pm, Monday, Aug. 17 Vineyarders are proud of their Island, and take pride in its natural beauty. Fishermen in particular treasure the fact that our waters are generally clean, and that we are still...

Gone Fishin’: Summertime and the fishing is easy

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On Sunday, I woke up early and drove my boat and trailer to the Tashmoo landing with plans to motor to Menemsha and pick up a visiting friend for a morning of fishing. August...

Gone fishin’: Has Martha’s Vineyard gone to the dogs?

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There are many things to consider when heading out to fish the Martha’s Vineyard shoreline. The tide, wind direction, any concentrations and type of bait, and ease of access come immediately to mind. Guard...

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

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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 striped bass from the Oak Bluffs Harbor jetty in the...

Gone fishin’: No sommelier needed at VFW fluke derby

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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 drifting in Vineyard Sound bouncing lead sinkers and fluke rigs...

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

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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 drivers who likes to punish unbelievers by driving the speed...

Gone fishin’: A fisherman weighs the reel options

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My wife thinks the primary purpose of my post office box is to collect fishing and hunting catalogs. I do receive quite a few. If I had any engineering skills, I could figure out...

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

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Most evenings, I am not an ambitious fisherman. I do not set out to catch a 50-pound striper. More often than not — Derby excluded — I will settle for a schoolie; some evenings...

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

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Several weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a program at the Vineyard Playhouse titled “Fish Tales.” On Monday evening, I joined Janet Messineo, Charlie Blair, and Buddy Vanderhoop, all natural and funny...

We can all learn from the mistakes of others

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

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

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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 total of 116 fishermen flailed away, without much to show...

Gone fishin’: When good things happen to bad people

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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 the truck. I was tired and relieved that my house...

American eel remains one of nature’s mysteries

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One week ago Monday, I joined a small group on the bank of Mill Brook, just below the aging Mill Pond dam, to assess the strenuous efforts of Johnny Hoy, West Tisbury herring warden,...

Gone fishin’: Derby fishermen’s bonds were forged in combat

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For Joe Lopez, an unexpected trip to Martha’s Vineyard was the setting for an extraordinary reunion with a man he had never met.