Derby Leaders
72nd Derby (2017)
Bluefish - Boat William C. Kadison
18.49 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore Lucas P. Brewer
10.45 lbs.
Bass - Boat David A. Murphy
29.23 lbs.
Bass - Shore John C. Stasiuk
29.61 lbs.
Bonito - Boat Steve J. Baccelli
10.80 lbs.
Bonito - Shore Timothy J. Scott
7.03 lbs.
Albacore - Boat Tegan M. Fenner
12.00 lbs.
Albacore - Shore David A. Nash
11.17 lbs.
Total Weigh-ins
Species Count Weight
Albacore 194 1,640 lbs.
   Boat 102 886 lbs.
   Shore 92 754 lbs.
Bass 99 1,720 lbs.
   Boat 47 853 lbs.
   Shore 52 866 lbs.
Bluefish 237 1,830 lbs.
   Boat 172 1,478 lbs.
   Shore 65 352 lbs.
Bonito 148 794 lbs.
   Boat 93 555 lbs.
   Shore 55 238 lbs.
Island of Martha's Vineyard

2017 72nd Derby Dates:
Sun September 10 - Sat October 14

Come to the Vineyard and fish The Derby! For over 70 years, "The Derby" has been a time to renew friendships, share a cup of coffee and create memories that fuel the winters exaggerated fishing stories. It is a time when all are able to refocus on the natural beauty of this island sanctuary. Be a part of seven decades of great fishing, history, new friends, generous sponsor support, and lasting memories! Remember, Derby registration is open at Island tackle shops throughout the Derby!

Latest News

Posted September 18, 2017


Catch & release a derby-qualifying fish? Fill out a release slip at Derby HQ! Thanks to generous sponsor support, the Roberto Germani C&R Award has been expanded from 1 to 8 prize bags (all-tackle and flyrod x 4 species). Winners drawn from entries October 15.

Also, there is a C&R photo contest (any size fish). Winner announced October 15. Send in your release pics to:

Posted September 13, 2017

DERBY SNAPSHOT: Heavy Metal AlbieS

By Joe Houston.


Posted September 12, 2017


1) Albies: A number of short false albacore have been brought in. Please know the rules. Albies MUST BE 25 INCHES. Carry a tape and know that all fish shrink a little after being caught. There is a 3-fish albie limit per badge, per derby. Short fish count. Please release all fish you do not intend to weigh in QUICKLY, by shooting them into the water, like a dart, headfirst.

2) Chappy Access Via Norton Point; The TTOR reports that over sand Chappy access cannot be depended on and closures can happen at anytime, even on an hourly bass, due to shifting sands/tides. This is for safety. The ONLY dependable access to Chappy is the ferry, running 6:45 AM to Midnight, daily.


Posted September 10, 2017

cape codder boats added as new grand  prize sponsor!

Cape Codder Boats joins the Derby family in 2017 as a new Grand Prize sponsor! Along with long-time sponsors The Clay Family (who have donated a new Subaru Crosstrek), the Dobias Family hand-built and has provided a new Cape Codder 19, with a 90hp Tohatsu outboard and trailer.


Posted September 10, 2017


The Derby Committee continually strives to strengthen the Derby. While anglers are responsible for knowing and following ALL Derby Rules, here are a few specific rules to remember:

  • A Competitor must be registered in the Derby BEFORE commencing to fish.
  • Derby anglers must hook, fight and land the fish without the aid of any other person except that another person may grasp the leader in order to gaff or net the fish. This includes another angler touching the rod, reel or line after the fish has been hooked. This applies to all anglers, including both Mini Juniors and Juniors.
  • Mystery Prizes are awarded through luck of the draw to anyone registered in the Derby. No fish needs to be weighed in to be eligible for a Mystery Prize. 
  • In the Team Competition, just four eligible fish (one of each species) count towards a Team's total.
  • For boat fishermen, caught fish may not leave Derby boundaries - even for purposes of refueling at adjacent harbors.

For all rules, click here.

Posted by wkerr at 07:39 PM


Posted September 10, 2017

2017 Derby Dates

Derby starts on Sunday, September 10 (12:01 am)

Derby ends on Saturday, October 14 (10:00 pm)

Awards Ceremony on Sunday, October 15

Kids Day on Sunday, September 17

Bluefish Saturday – September 16

False albacore Saturday – September 23

Striped bass Saturday – September 30

Bonito Saturday – October 7