Derby Leaders
76th Derby (2021)
Bluefish - Boat Richard Wood
20.11 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore Zachary Magid
16.65 lbs.
Bonito - Boat Joe W. Thompson
13.10 lbs.
Bonito - Shore Gavin Smith
8.43 lbs.
Albacore - Boat David C. Kadison
14.76 lbs.
Albacore - Shore Kathi M. Pogoda
12.31 lbs.
Total Weigh-ins
Species Count Weight
Albacore 291 2,600 lbs.
   Boat 189 1,765 lbs.
   Shore 102 835 lbs.
Bluefish 1032 9,368 lbs.
   Boat 714 6,741 lbs.
   Shore 318 2,627 lbs.
Bonito 191 1,255 lbs.
   Boat 165 1,112 lbs.
   Shore 26 143 lbs.
Island of Martha's Vineyard

2022 77th Derby Dates:
Sun September 11 - Sat October 15

Come to the Vineyard and fish The Derby! For 77 years, "The Derby" has been a time to renew friendships, share a hot cup of coffee and create memories that fuel the winters exaggerated fish tales. It is a time when all can refocus on the natural beauty of this Island sanctuary. Come and be part of 76 years of great fishing, rich history, meeting new friends, generous sponsor support, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets!

Derby HQ/Weigh-In Hours: Daily: 8:00 - 10:00 AM and PM. Dock St. Edgartown.

Latest Derby News:                                            

Posted October 29, 2021

2022 77th Derby Dates:
Sunday Sept 11th to Saturday Oct 15th, 2022!
Kid's Day Sunday Sept 18th.
Awards Ceremony Sunday Oct 16.

Posted October 25, 2021

2021 Derby Special Awards

Thomas McCauley Memorial (Badge #204) Award: Linda Mott-Smith             

MV Surfcasters Sportsmanship Award: Team Salties; Bob Dunn, Jack Creighton

Beaulieu/Loud Memorial Award: Midge, Andrew, Anna Jacobs

Robert “Huff” Langley Award: Bob Clay

Cutler Bike Shop Award: Teddy Rosbeck, Dylan Waldman

David Furino Memorial Award: Jocie and Paige Smith

Jared Fisher Memorial Award: Alana Rosbeck

“Bonito” Ed LePore Memorial Award: Rick Shifter

Walter Morrison Memorial Award: Ryann Holden

Roberto Germani Catch & Release Award: FLY albacore: Chas Gill, AT albacore: Justin Cooper, bonito: Andrew Jacobs, bluefish: Deborah Viglas         

Madison Alwardt Memorial (bluefish): Boat – Richard Wood; Shore – Stephen Tirrell

Arnold Spofford Memorial (bonito): Boat –Midge Jacobs; Shore – Bob Clay

Howie Leonard Memorial (false albacore): Boat –Ed Amaral; Shore –Kathi Pogoda  

Abe Williams Memorial Award: Casey Elliston

Albert Angelone Memorial Award: Peter Rosbeck III

Bob “Hawkeye” Jacobs Memorial Award: Team Fish Whistle (Casey Elliston, Evan Hammond)

Posted October 18, 2021

The 2021 Derby Committee thanks all our sponsors, volunteers, and participants for making this another successful Derby. We appreciate everyone helping by abiding by our safety protocols. We congratulate all our winners, including Zach Magid, whose key opened the lock yesterday and he took home the brand new Eastern Boat.
Key Ceremony Video on Facebook here.
Introductory Remarks Video on Facebook here.
Last week of the Derby Coverage and photos here.
Final Award Ceremony Coverage and photos here.

Posted October 18, 2021

Spirit Of The Derby Photo Contest Winner: Chosen by Committee vote. By Sarah Rivers. The black and white photo is of her husband Marques and their son Ethan walking on the beach. She titled it “Each Derby making endless memories“.We will be posting runner-ups ASAP on Facebook and IG. Thanks for the great submissions! All will be considered for the 2022 Derby booklet.


Posted October 15, 2021

A message from the Committee about the Award Ceremony
The final countdown to the closing bell of the 76th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby has begun. These past few days have offered calm seas, warm breezes and epic sunsets--all key elements of a successful day on the water. Even if you haven’t managed to hook “the big one” yet, we hope you end each day feeling like it’s been a good one.
Although we would like to have the entire community join us, this year’s awards ceremony held at Farm Neck on Sunday, October 17, 2021 will be for overall award winners only and will be broken into two components:
The mini-junior and junior award winners will be celebrated at 11:00am surrounded by their family, committee members, volunteers and sponsors.
The adult winners will be celebrated at 1:00pm surrounded by one guest of their choosing, committee members, volunteers and sponsors.
If you are lucky enough to have your name on the leader board at the closing bell we look forward to seeing you.
As we mentioned a few days ago, we plan to have the awards ceremony available for viewing on MVTV. We hope Derby enthusiasts will take the time to view it.
Both the Derby Facebook page and Instagram will be updated periodically and as quickly as possible to document the day. The plan is to be “Facebook live” for the key ceremony where the locks and keys will decide which of this year’s anglers will be lucky enough to be taking home a 22’ Eastern boat (so, if you’re not already, please give us a follow!)
*Attendees please note, masks will be required under the tent (except for photos.) We thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.
Although both ceremonies will be relatively short and sweet, they will be filled with tremendous enthusiasm. We are so pleased to celebrate ALL OF YOU and are grateful for your participation and support.
There are still a number of daily, weekly, and mystery prize awaiting pick up at Derby Headquarters. Please make your way to the pick up window between 8:00-10:00am and 8:00-10:00pm to retrieve them. You earned them!
If you find yourself a daily or weekly winner on the last day of the Derby, your prize will be available for pick up from 8:00-10:00am on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Derby Headquarters. Please be reminded, we will not have the ability to mail pins.
As the clock winds down on the 76th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby, we thank you for your patience, cooperation and genuine understanding. We also take a moment to cheer for you and shout out, “We appreciate you!”

Posted October 8, 2021

The 2021 online Derby auction is LIVE! All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund. Please visit the auction and place your bids. Registration takes 1 minute and the auction is packed with items donated by our generous 2021 sponsors! Thank you!

Posted October 7, 2021

As the Derby enters its final week, we are excited to share our plans for the awards ceremony.

We are thrilled to invite our mini-junior and junior winners and their families to Farm Neck at 11:00am Sunday, October 17, 2021 to revel in their moment on stage. The press will join us to immortalize the day! Although we would love to have the entire community come celebrate them, this is an invitation only event.

Adult winners are invited to Farm Neck at 1:00pm on Sunday, October 17, 2021 for the awards ceremony. Each will be allowed one guest to applaud them as they take the stage. Once again, we would love to have the entire community in attendance, but this ceremony is coordinated as an invitation only event. Have no fear, the key ceremony will be televised on MVTV (details to follow.)

The auction has been shifted online for all to enjoy. Please go check out the wonderful spread of items generously donated by some of this years sponsors ( .) Funds raised will go directly to our scholarship fund. Thank you to our donors and thank YOU for your support. Time is ticking so go bid!!

If you’ve won a daily, weekly, or mystery prize please be reminded that you can pick them up at Derby Headquarters from 8:00-10:00am and 8:00-10:00pm. If you find yourself a daily or weekly winner on the last day of the Derby, your prize will be available for pick up from 8:00-10:00am on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Derby Headquarters. Be aware, we will not have the ability to mail pins.

We look forward to sharing additional details in the coming days.

For now, may the final week of the 76th Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby bring you calm seas, tight lines, memorable moments and, most of all, a whole lot of fun on the water!

Posted October 5, 2021

NEW MERCHANDISE ALERT: The Official Derby Merchandise Store has been updated with 3 new items, including a full zip embroidered sweatshirt! Check out the Just Added section of the store today!

Posted September 22, 2021

The 2021 Bass In The Grass Auction is live! Checkout these amazing works of art and remember that 25% of the money raised goes to the Derby Scholarship fund! LINK

Posted September 20, 2021

We have confirmation that the contractor for the Edgartown Memorial Wharf restoration will commence today, Monday, 9/20. All public access to the wharf – from land and by boat – is shut down until the project is completed in the spring. Please obey all posted signs, etc.

Posted September 15, 2021

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Posted August 28, 2021

The 2021 Derby Online Store is stocked and open! Shop now for all your 2021 76th Derby Official gear. All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund.

Posted August 25, 2021

The 2021 Derby Booklet is arriving on-Island soon! You may pick-up yours at Island tackle shops with your hat and button and rules brochure (after per-registering online) starting Friday Sept 3. If you want to preview the booklet, it's available online here:

Posted August 19, 2021

Your 2021 76th Derby Preview Newsletter is now live. Check your email inbox or simply click here:

Posted August 18, 2021