The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby has been an annual event on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard since 1946. The tournament fished only Striped Bass until 1954 when Bluefish were added. It was not until 1956 that the name of the Derby was changed to include Bluefish.
Every year the derby, which runs from Mid-September to Mid-October, attracts several thousand to the Island to fish both from boats and surf-casting from the shore. The derby is organized into three divisions:
- All Tackle Division
- Junior All Tackle Division
- Fly Rod Division
The derby now has four eligible fish species: Striped Bass, Bluefish, Bonito and False Albacore. Awards are given for the largest fish landed in each of the four categories both from a boat or from shore. In addition, special awards are also given.
In addition to running the Derby, the organizers also provide charitable contributions to the community. They have two philanthropic programs:
- Filet program – In this program fisherman may provide their catch to provide free fish for the island elderly.
- Scholarship program – Every year the Derby awards scholarships to deserving Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School seniors.
MV Derby Headquarters
1A Dock St.
Edgartown, MA 02539
Picture credits: The pictures in this article were graciously provided by the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby.