Derby Leaders
78th Derby (2023)
Bluefish - Boat Elizabeth S. O'Brien
16.41 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore Justus Conant
16.15 lbs.
Bonito - Boat David C. Kadison
10.60 lbs.
Bonito - Shore Rick Zappala
10.02 lbs.
Albacore - Boat Bill Potter
19.21 lbs.
Albacore - Shore Joseph T. Cefalo
14.67 lbs.
Total Weigh-ins
Species 10/14 Count
Albacore 12 596
   Boat 8 271
   Shore 4 325
Bluefish 84 909
   Boat 74 618
   Shore 10 291
Bonito 15 464
   Boat 14 210
   Shore 1 254
Island of Martha's Vineyard

2024 79th Derby Dates:
Sun September 15 - Sat October 19

Come to the Vineyard and Fish The Derby! For almost eight decades, "The Derby" has been a time to renew friendships, share a hot cup of coffee and create memories that fuel the winter's exaggerated fish tales. It is a time for all to refocus on the natural beauty of this Island sanctuary. So come and join us, to experience great fishing, rich history, meeting new friends, and generous sponsor-donated prizes - all in support of our scholarship program. Remember: Registration is open throughout the Derby.

Daily Weigh-In Hours: Dock St. Edgartown: Mornings: 8:00-10:00 AM. Evenings: 7:00-9:00 PM


Derby News and Updates:                                          

Posted December 4: Derby Merch Sale and Final Derby Wrap-Up

50% OFF OFFICIAL DERBY MERCH: Cyber week ongoing! 50% OFF 2022 derby gear. 20% OFF 2023 derby gear. This is the only official derby merch store and all proceeds benefit our scholarship fund! LINK

Final 2023 Derby wrap-up newsletter: LINK

Posted October 13: No Fillet Program Saturday 10/14 & Auction Closing Soon

Derby participants are reminded that there is NO FILLET DONATION PROGRAM tomorrow, Saturday October 15th. If you weigh in a fish tomorrow you should plan to take it home with you after weigh in. Thank you.

The 2023 Derby Online Fundraiser Auction is live and closes Oct 15 at 8PM! Please take a look.

Posted October 9: 2023 Awards Ceremony Sunday, October 15th

Please join us this Sunday at Farm Neck! Free event and open to all. 11:00 AM Junior Awards 1:00PM Adult Awards. See the boat given away!

Posted September 12: Parking Reminders

1) Aquinnah has made additional designated parking available to Derby participants along West Basin Road – under the condition that anglers stay off the dunes. The Committee received notification that anglers have been observed crossing the dunes. The additional parking will be eliminated if the reported dune crossing continues. Rules for parking in Aquinnah: Park in designated non-resident spots only, or risk a citation. The Philbin beach parking lot is resident only, however Moshop Beach parking is allowed during the Derby. STAY OFF THE DUNES!

2) Derby anglers who fish the Edgartown fuel dock are reminded to please park up on the street. The parking down by the dock is for Safe Harbor customers and North Wharf fuel dock employees.
Thank you.

Posted September 11: Competitive C&R Special Award

Again for 2023, the Derby is pleased to offer a competitive catch and release Special Award option for Derby participants. Please familiarize yourself with the rules and online entry form. Six first place winners (by length) will be awarded plaques October 15th. One award per species, flyrod and all-tackle. Results posted weekly.

Posted September 11: DERBY DEAL$

The Committee has compiled a list of deals offered for Derby anglers. Please support these businesses and enjoy the savings! Download the deals list here. New deals just added! Have a deal to add? Email it to
Deal Alert: Our online store is currently selling remaining/leftover styles of 2022 leftover merch at 50% OFF.

Posted August 18: 2023 On-line Pre-Registration OPEN NOW

The Committee is please to announce that on-line pre-registration for the 2023 Derby is OPEN! Please input your information and make payment. Then go to any Island tackle shop and pick up your Derby button, hat and rules packet. Remember, you cannot fish the Derby until you have picked this up and have a badge number assigned. PRE-REGISTER NOW

Posted August 8, 2023: Derby Poster

The Committees is pleased to present the 2023 Derby Poster.