A Message of Thanks from the Derby Chairman

Joe El-Deiry Welcome to the 75th Anniversary of the Marth's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. I often think how proud the founders of the Derby would feel to know what an amazing event this has become. How their idea to start something would influence the lives of so many generations of anglers. People from around the world have joined-in on the action. Vacations get planned around the Derby and the entire island can feel the excitement each September. Thank you to the founders, the committee members, volunteers, sponsors and participants for taking part in this legacy.

Although this year's Derby will have a different feel there is still so much excitement leading up to the start of this fall classic. Waking up before the sun comes up, walking to your favorite spot, taking that first cast and waiting for that first strike. I look forward to that moment more this year than ever before.

This year the Derby committee was able to increase the amount we donated to graduating high school seniors. We contributed $50,000 to 8 graduates of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. We are very proud to have been able to increase our contribution during these difficult times. Please read about these deserving students on the Scholarship page. I am so grateful to our friend Ed Jerome for having helped establish this annual tradition. We thank you for your vision Ed!!

As you may have heard, we have suspended Striped Bass as an eligible species due to the reduced bio-mass and the new regulations put into effect. Although they are not included in this year's tournament, we ask that participants continue to practice proper release techniques when releasing a bass. Let's help these magnificent fish make a rebound so generations of anglers can enjoy their beauty.

Remember this event is about more than just fishing. It's about spending time with family and friends, enjoying the beauty the island has to offer and the comradery we all share. I do hope you will find some tranquility during these challenging times. Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our most important concern this Derby is everyone's safety. Please help us keep our island community healthy. Make sure to read the changes to this year's Derby on the inside front cover (or: on page …) of the booklet. Mainly please pay close attention to the to the weigh station protocols. We appreciate everyone's cooperation.

Read the rules, know the boundaries, respect people's property and as always, only leave your footprints. Enjoy this historic Derby and best of luck to all of you.

Stay safe & Catch 'em up,

Joe El-Deiry

Chairman, Derby Committee