A Message from the Derby President

Derby Committee Officers

As we begin our seventy-third Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, the Committee members and I, want to thank all of you for your continued support of this exciting and lengthy endeavor to fish the fabled fish spots of the Island of Martha's Vineyard. For generations, participants have experienced the worthwhile activites that help us support worthy marine causes as well as the future education of our Island's young people.

This past year we were pleased to inductee John Custer and Ed Amaral into the Derby's Hall of Fame. Many thanks to them both for their incredible commitment to the success of our tournament.

The Committee works throughout the year evaluating our activities, rules, procedures, guidelines and use of technology to make the Derby the best it can be. Because of our efforts, the Derby is the most respected month long fishing tournament in our country with 3500 contestants from all over the world coming this past year to fish this beautiful island.

We continue to increase our scholarships and create new ideas to make this an exciting experience. We are very thankful to artist Jeanne Staples for donating two wonderful renditions of nighttime at the weigh in. They are for sale unframed in two sizes priced at $150 and $275. A wonderful keepsake for years to come as you looks back at your participation in the Derby. Kindly contact me or my wife Maryanne, at 508-627-8510 if you are interested. You can see the paintings in the souvenir booklet or on our website.

The Committee is working on the possibility of online registration and will be trying out samples of ways to make it happen as we move forward.

All of us wish you a safe and successful 2018 Derby.


Ed Jerome
President, Derby Committee