Derby Leaders
73rd Derby (2018)
Bluefish - Boat David C. Kadison
18.49 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore Paul T. Hoffman
13.08 lbs.
Bass - Boat Stephen J. Pietruska
39.20 lbs.
Bass - Shore Ollie P. Becker
37.69 lbs.
Bonito - Boat Raymond Cabot
11.75 lbs.
Bonito - Shore Stephen K. Sawyer, Jr.
6.76 lbs.
Albacore - Boat Gary R. Look
15.75 lbs.
Albacore - Shore Ken W. Zaiatz
12.85 lbs.
Total Weigh-ins
Species Count Weight
Albacore 329 2,772 lbs.
   Boat 151 1,239 lbs.
   Shore 178 1,533 lbs.
Bass 361 5,848 lbs.
   Boat 171 2,852 lbs.
   Shore 190 2,996 lbs.
Bluefish 445 3,495 lbs.
   Boat 292 2,603 lbs.
   Shore 153 892 lbs.
Bonito 271 1,474 lbs.
   Boat 202 1,185 lbs.
   Shore 69 289 lbs.
Island of Martha's Vineyard

2018 73rd Derby Dates:
Sun September 9 - Sat October 13

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 Derby News

Posted October 17, 2018


If you won a prize during the 2018 Derby and were not able to pick it up, please email John Custer at  If you are not on the island and do not have a friend or family member on the Vineyard who can pick up for you, please be aware that the Derby can only mail Daily prizes (pins). For these, please send a small self-addressed, stamped, padded envelope to: MV Derby, c/o John Custer, 26 Strawberry Fields Way, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. All prizes must be claimed by December 31, 2018. Thank you.

Posted October 10, 2018

Derby prints for sale

The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby is pleased to offer you an opportunity to purchase two limited-edition giclée prints by Martha's Vineyard artist Jeanne Staples. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Derby Scholarship program. The original oil paintings have been reproduced in two sizes and are unframed. Call . $150 for a small print (17x14), $275 for large (25x21). For further information or to purchase: Call Maryanne at 508 627-8510. LINK

Posted October 9, 2018


"The Derby has set a (new all-time) record of 3,500 anglers participating in this year’s tournament....and counting! Last year was our previous all-time high water mark for participants (3382). Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this year’s record-breaking Derby! Tight lines and best of luck coming down the home stretch and we hope to see you ALL at Farm Neck Golf Club on Sunday the 14th at 1:00 to celebrate the end of another Derby".

-Joe El-Deiry, Chairman


Posted October 4, 2018


PRIZE PICK-UP: Please pick up your mystery, daily and weekly pins at headquarters. 8-10 AM and PM. If you are not on-island, you may have someone pick up your prize for you. All must be claimed by December 31, 2018.
LIVE AUCTION ALERT: We will have a live auction on October 14th at the Final Awards Ceremony featuring a new 8HP 4-stroke engine from Prime Marina ($2400 value), a Live2Fish paddleboard from LIVE watersports ($2299 value) and potentially other items.
FISHING GEAR DONATIONS: We encourage folks to donate their quality, used fishing gear to the box at Derby HQ, benefiting the MV Surfcasters scholarship efforts.  
FINAL AWARDS CEREMONY WEEKEND: ALL ARE INVITED: Friday Oct 12, 5:30 PM Costa Angler’s Reception. The Port Hunter, Main Street Edgartown.

Sunday October 14, 1:00 PM. Final Awards Ceremony and Grand Raffle. Farm Neck Golf Club, Oak Bluffs (Doors open at 12:00 Noon)


Posted September 27, 2018


Catch a Derby qualifying fish and release it? Please fill out a form at Derby HQ for a chance to win on Oct 14. Get a good photo of a release (any size fish)? Email it in!

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Posted September 21, 2018

Ed's funeral service will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Church, Main Street, Edgartown, on Saturday., Sept. 22, at 11 am, officiated by the Rev. Michael Nagle, and burial will follow in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinson Road, Edgartown.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Joseph Jerome Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2232, or to the MV Derby Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2101, both in Edgartown, MA 02539.

Ed Jerome, Educator, Fisherman, Gentleman

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