MV Bass & Bluefish Derby 2013


The 68th Annual MV Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby begins Sunday, September 15 at 12:01am and finishes Saturday October 19, 2013 at 10 pm.

Derby Leaders
Grand Leaders To-Date
Bluefish - Boat
Daniel Hiemer
19.69 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore
Ralph J. Peckham
15.18 lbs.
 Bass - Boat
Stephen J. Pietruska
38.71 lbs.
 Bass - Shore
Jena-Lynn Beauregard
34.63 lbs.
Bonito - Boat
Bob H. Clay
11.49 lbs.
Bonito - Shore
Cooper A. Gilkes
6.58 lbs.
Albacore - Boat
Sam T. Bell
13.24 lbs.
Albacore - Shore
Bill R. Hansen
13.10 lbs.

Some Info on Registration:

  • Beginning on August 31, participants can register anytime prior to or during the Derby, but before they start fishing at  Island tackle shops or at Derby headquarters.
  • Those who wish to support to the Derby's scholarship fund, can add a donation of $10 when registering
  • Those wishing to participate in the  $500 Super Saturday Challenges over the course of the Derby  must sign up to do so at registration.

Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is the east coast's largest fishing derby. Check regulations and the latest Derby Rules: 

Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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                                 Derby Dates 
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
Start of 68th Derby

Saturday, Sept. 21,2013

Super Saturday Event-Bluefish

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
Kids Derby
Oak Bluffs Steamship Wharf at 6-8 am
(free for kids and no derby pin required)

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29, 2013
Kayak Challenge Weekend
The heaviest kayak-caught fish of each
species gets 1:4 chance at special prize
on Oct 20. All Derby rules apply. 


Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Super Saturday Event-False Albacore

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Super Saturday Event-Striped Bass

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
Super Saturday Event-Bonito

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Derby Ends at 10 pm

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Final Awards Ceremony & Grand Raffle 1 pm

Make your plans for the 68th MV Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby

Bait and Tackle Shops
Fishing gear, rod, bait...MVOL Tackle Shop Directory
Go offshore with Fishing Charters, look at our our Charter Fishing Directory
Book a room, B&B, Inn, Hotel, check the MVOL Accommodations Directory.
Need a way to get around, bike, car, check the MVOL Transportation Directory.


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Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby; Target Fish Species
False Albacore, Martha's Vineyard False Albacore, aka Little Tunny and Fat Alberts, are a strong fish which are caught mainly with light tackle or flyfishing. False Albacore are a schooling fish and tend to show up when the Vineyard waters reach their warmest temperatures of the season. Albies, as they're known locally, first appear in Vineyard waters in late summer or early fall and can still be caught in mid-October. False Albacore can be identified by their tuna-like shape, and by the presence of one or more spots on the lower front third of the fish.Minimum Size: 25"
Atlantic Bonito, Martha's Vineyard Atlantic Bonito are cousins of the larger tuna species and can are very fast and challenging to catch. Like False Albacore, Bonito are commonly caught with light tackle and flyfishing. Bonito start to show up in mid-July and can still be caught in late October. Bonito and False Albacore look similar, but can be distinguished by there pointed mouth with fairly large conical teeth and an darker lines running down the length of the fish. Minimum Size: 21"
Striped Bass, Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass arrive in our waters in spring and stay late into the fall, which makes "stripers", as they are commonly called, the most sought after fish in Vineyard waters. Striped Bass are also called rockfish in the southern states, especially in the waters of the Chesepeake Bay. Stripers are caught many ways, but most anglers use spinning rods casting with artificials plugs and metal lures from the beach or trolling with wire along the many rips and rockpiles. Striped bass are easily identified by their black stripes that go from their gills to their tails. Stripers can grow very large for a fish commonly caught of a beach or near shore - 40 pound fish are not uncommon, and fish up and even over 50 pounds are caught.Minimum Size: 32"
Bluefish, Martha's Vineyard Bluefish are the most commonly caught fish during the summer in the waters around the Vineyard.This is most likely because they tend to eat everything in their path. When the Bluefish are thick catching them can seem to be easy. Anglers from all over the island are sure gather wherever the bluefish show up in good numbers. Blues as they are known locally arrive in May, and the early runs of fish can be big. Bluefish are identified by their blue or green coloration, as well as there little razor sharp teeth, which can easily sever your figure if your not careful when removing hooks. Bluefish are mainly caught on spinning rods casting with artificials plugs and metal lures. But trolling for stripers with wire will produce many Bluefish as well. Minimum Size: 22"


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