Thursday, August 16, 2012

Its that Time Again...Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

Well mark your calendars folks... T-26 days. On September 9th the Derby begins and it runs until October 13th. This is the 67th year of the Derby and you better believe it will be bigger than years past. With sponsors like Muddy Water Fly Co., Orvis, Cheeky Fly Fishing, Beulah, Costa, to name a few (see below for the rest), its bound to be amazing. I'm looking into plane tickets now, we'll see how it unfolds and if I can get out of work for a few days...


Maui Jim Boone Trilene Penn
Vineyard Vines Keurig Vineyard Bottled Waters The Fisherman
Orvis  Cape Air  Nauset Marine  Pradco Outdoor Brands  Vineyard Gazette

Cheeky Fly Fishing Packish Landscape Construction Harpoon Brewery Fish Impressions Pelagic
     Farm Neck Golf Club
     Wasque Rip
    Boating Local
   Deep Ocean Apparel  
     Tackle Solutions LLC
Brian KirkPatrick Hadco - Fat Wally Coolers  Steve London Original Fish Prints Cloudveil Grillie
Atlantis Wood Island Outfitters Paul McPhee World Record Striper Company 

For those of you who dont know about the Derby, check out the website and see the below message from the Derby President:

Welcome to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard and the 67th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.
For nearly seven decades, the Derby has been the driving force that alters yearly vacations, makes it difficult to find a repair man and is the source of sleepless night in September and October. All for the sake of a fish! A fish that is, that could put a pin on your hat, put an extra rod in your collection, put a truck in your garage or a boat on your trailer.
But, we all know, it is not the prize we chase, it’s the very chase itself. Especially, when you are enjoying it with family and friends on an incredible piece of land seven miles to sea where a bygone quality of life still exists. Often it is the simplest things in life that give us much joy and for that reason we continue to strive for the least complicated approach to this tournament.
Over the years, our prize structure has changed. We have added and deleted divisions for non- residents, we have added and deleted fish that exist in the tournament and we have removed what doesn’t work. At one time, the Derby created a par system to determine how the Bass or the Bluefish would be the overall winner. It was based on a point ratio for a 50 lb. bass vs. a 20 lb. bluefish. It didn’t take long for that to be removed.
Although the structures and activities of the Derby continue to evolve, the one constant over the years has been you, the participant. You come for the same reasons folks have done so since the inception of the Derby.
We all fish the Derby to get away from the daily stresses of life, to enjoy being on the water with family and friends, to stop to admire a beautiful rising sun and to know that we are all part of something very special. The excitement that runs through our veins each time we wet a line, thinking, maybe, just maybe, this could be the day I land the fish of my lifetime. It may happen through our fishing skills or it may be by “Divine Intervention”. The scale doesn’t care, we don’t care and the record book doesn’t lie.
The Derby Committee and I are very proud to be a part of this wonderful event and to provide all of you with an opportunity to enjoy yourself, knowing that you are helping others through our goals of conservation, Island community support and assistance to young people in their quest to further their education.
Thank you for continuing to participate, for supporting our efforts and for being part of the “Derby Family.”
Hope the big one comes your way!
Ed Jerome
President, Derby Committee


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