Sunday, July 3, 2022

Gone Fishin'

Gone Fishin’: Angie taught Mary Ann well

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For Mary Ann Angelone, new shore albie leader, life is about the good days.

Gone fishin’: With Coop, there is always a plan — details come later

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Jim Cornwell did not expect what he found when he walked out to his driveway Monday morning, and he didn’t deserve it.

Gone fishin’: False albacore define Derby insanity

If you cast over and over again and expect a different outcome, you might be a Derby fisherman.

Gone fishin’: Derby Kids Day never gets old, but the kids do

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Little kids become dads and moms with their own children, but the excitement of catching a fish remains the same.

Gone fishin’: The Derby has begun, and it all feels so familiar

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Hundreds of fishermen were quick out of the starting gate Sunday at the start of the 69th Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Gone fishin’: The annual hunt for Martha’s Vineyard fishing glory kicks off Sunday

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The potential for everlasting glory awaits on an ever-shifting sandbar.

Gone fishin’: Success on the large scale takes action on a small scale

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Mill Pond in West Tisbury continues to simmer on the back burner.

Gone Fishin’: A bad day of fishin’ can be a really bad day

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Time to speak up to the ASMFC on proposed changes to striper regulations.

Gone Fishin’: Undaunted by bad luck, a fisherman tests her Mojo a third time

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Next week, hear a gripping account of disaster and rescue at sea by author Michael Tougias.

Gone fishin’: Blue crabs are in short supply, the question is why

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The tasty and feisty blue crab is in trouble in the Chesapeake. One factor is a decline in eelgrass beds, also critical habitat for Island bay scallops.

Gone fishin’: A career as a charter captain is off the charts

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He immediately began to reel and reel for all he was worth. At the same time the fish pulled line off the reel. This is what is known in the business as reeling against the drag. Every crank of the handle puts another twist in the line. Enough twists and the line resembles a Slinky.

Gone Fishin’: No monsters at new Oak Bluffs big game tournament

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It was definitely a lot calmer. Not a lot of yahoos. The guys were nice and it seemed like they were just here to fish.

Birds, bluefish, bass and bonito, it’s a mixed bag

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Coop said he has had some reports of bonito. The tasty mini-tuna have been caught at the hooter off Wasque, off Gay Head, and off Menemsha by a kayaker. What these multiple sightings portend for the months ahead is unclear.

Gone Fishin’: Fluke fishing is not glamorous or ritzy, just fun

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A cable news pundit described the Island as 'ritzy and glamorous.' I suppose that impression would be accurate if one’s world only encompassed kiss-kiss cocktail parties and swank dinners in summer echo chambers. It sure does not describe the VFW Fluke Derby, and for that I am very grateful.

Gone fishin’: The long awaited striper run arrives

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Now there are people who like to fish and there are fishermen. Any 25-year-old guy who would leave lots of food, pretty women, beer and friends to go bass fishing is a fisherman.

Gone fishin’: Safety begins with knowing that an accident can happen to you

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How often do you see a single fisherman tooling along in his boat wearing no personal flotation device (PFD)? Too often. And not just fishermen. The prevailing excuse is that there are other boats around, or the water is calm, or he or she is a good swimmer or the mindset that accidents happen to someone else. Well, they do not.

A striped bass made all the difference in the Island Cup rivalry

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Far from the excitement of World Cup action in the steamy heat of Brazil, island fishermen battled for bragging rights.

Gone fishin’: Weather warms up but bass fishing stays cool

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The spring striper fishing never got off the ground, but fishermen remain optimistic.

Gone fishin’: Veni, vidi, pescato, pescato

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A famous Roman general once wrote, 'Veni, vidi, vici,' Latin for, I came, I saw, I conquered. There is no way to know if Julius Caesar liked to fish. His Italian countrymen sure do.

Gone Fishin’: A soldier’s flag says thank you to the Rod and Gun Club

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But a bad day of fishing in the catch and release beats a good day in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. One year ago, Army Captain Matthew Blair was in the hospital receiving treatment for the foot he fractured while on his third deployment to Afghanistan.