Official Derby Rules

METHODS OF FISHING and BOUNDARIES:
A Competitor must be registered in the Derby BEFORE commencing to fish. From the moment a fish strikes or takes a bait or lure, the angler must hook, fight and land or boat 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.

SHORE:
All fish entered as shore fish must be caught from the shores of Martha’s Vineyard or Chappaquiddick Islands. Fish caught from rafted boats along Memorial Wharf in Edgartown, accessible by the general public, will be considered shore fish.

BOAT:
Fish caught from a private boat anchored to the shore or tied to a dock will be considered boat fish. In the event that there is a question as to whether or not a fish is to be considered a boat or shore fish, the Derby Committee will determine the category and that decision will be final. All fish entered as boat fish must be caught from a boat which is within the posted bounds of the Derby. The bounds are delineated on the map in the Rules Brochure (download here). An eligible fish must not be transported outside of Derby boundaries. No fish caught from a boat may touch any land except for Martha’s Vineyard.

  • eg. - Fish caught from a boat tied to Oak Bluffs Steamship Pier will be considered a Boat Fish.
  • eg. - Edgartown Water Barge is considered a boat.