Derby Leaders
73rd Derby (2018)
Bluefish - Boat Sean D. Ready
18.39 lbs.
Bluefish - Shore Benny M. Syslo
8.48 lbs.
Bass - Boat Dan R. Roy
29.15 lbs.
Bass - Shore Craig T. Munsell
35.83 lbs.
Bonito - Boat Mike H. Sisco
7.97 lbs.
Bonito - Shore Tyler F. Gibson
5.89 lbs.
Albacore - Boat Daniel K. Tilton
10.07 lbs.
Albacore - Shore Kathi M. Pogoda
10.57 lbs.
Total Weigh-ins
Species Count Weight
Albacore 63 498 lbs.
   Boat 35 272 lbs.
   Shore 28 226 lbs.
Bass 101 1,712 lbs.
   Boat 33 559 lbs.
   Shore 68 1,154 lbs.
Bluefish 125 1,079 lbs.
   Boat 99 943 lbs.
   Shore 26 136 lbs.
Bonito 69 319 lbs.
   Boat 48 234 lbs.
   Shore 21 85 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 September 14, 2018

This sunday: free kid's derby. 6-8 am, ob ssa ferry wharf. derby pin not needed. kids 4-14. prizes!

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Posted September 4, 2018


The Derby Committee continually strives to strengthen the Derby. While anglers are responsible for knowing and following ALL Derby Rules, here are a few specific new rules to remember:

  • New: The use of drones for the purposes of locating or catching fish or to gain a competitive advantage is prohibited during the Derby.
  • New: Fish must we weighed in within 14 hours of being caught (extended from 12 hours). For example, a fish caught at 7 AM must be weighed in by 9PM that evening.

And, as always:

  • You must hook, fight and land the fish without the aid of any other person except that another person may grasp the leader in order to help land the fish. This includes another person touching the rod, reel or line after the fish has been hooked. This applies to all anglers, including both Mini Juniors and Juniors.
  • For boat fishermen, caught fish may not leave Derby boundaries - for any reason.
  • You must be registered in the Derby BEFORE commencing to fish.

Please Note : As it is anticipated that the Massachusetts commercial striped bass season will still be an open fishery when the Derby starts, Derby participants are reminded that fish that are caught while commercially fishing are not eligible to be entered in the Derby.

For all 2018 rules, click here.


Posted August 17, 2018