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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
By dbalon on 6/28/2013 2:08 PM

Fellow Surfcasters

 

We need your input and ideas.  Sometime during the 1’st half of July – final details are still being worked – the officers of the MVSA will meet with TTOR regional and senior management to discuss fishing and ORV access issues for the properties TTOR manages on MV.   Please provide us with any and all ideas you have on this subject.   We’re at the height of the ‘bird closure’ season and I’m sure that’s on the minds of many members.  If you have some ideas about long term projects that we could work on jointly we’d love to hear your ideas.

 

Please reply back to the e-mail sent to members or send a note using the CONTACT US link on the top header of the MVSA web site.

Click here to be linked directly to the CONTACT US page on the MVSA website to provide input.

 

Thanks
By dbalon on 6/28/2013 2:00 PM
MV Times Article: Gone Fishin': Martha's Vineyard fishermen claim Island Cup
By: Nelson Sigelman
June 26, 2013

Members of the Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association traveled to Nantucket last weekend and beat their sandbar counterparts on their own turf, to take the 6th annual "Island Cup" catch-and-release surfcasting tournament.

Click here to read the full story.
By dbalon on 6/18/2013 2:28 PM
Great progress continues on the Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier. Thanks to Wally White who is continuing to send in updated photos of this history making project. We will continue to update the photo album as we receive more updates. This is a great way to see how things are coming along week to week.

Click here to view all the latest photos.
By dbalon on 6/11/2013 8:30 PM
Check out these great aerial photos by Charles Bass. We would also like to than Jonathan Bass for sharing this information.

These aerial photos show the Schifter house move out on Wasque Point as well as the extent of this massive project. It is almost hard to really understand the scope of the work going on out there.

There is also an aerial photo of the Norton Point breach as it moves toward Wasque point.

Click here to see the photos.
By dbalon on 6/7/2013 10:56 AM

MVSA Fishing Contest and Cookout is now on Sunday, June 9th starting at 3:00p.m.

Here is the latest details on the MVSA Fishing Contest and Cookout.  The MVSA fishing contest and cookout will take place this Sunday, June 9th from 3p.m.-9p.m. at the left fork entrance to Norton point in the area of the gate house.   If you don’t have an OSV pass to Norton Point it’s a fairly short walk and some of the members will be available to shuttle folks out to the beach.  The club will provide grill food, salads, and soft drinks so there’s no need to bring food or drink.  We’re going to start flipping burgers around 6:00 PM.  As with all club events, this one is BYOB.   Bring your tackle and a beach chair.  Some of the members who have OSV permits and room in their buggies will be bringing extra beach chairs, just in case.

Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest blue, heaviest striped bass, and most fish landed.

Hope to see you there for this fun event.

By dbalon on 6/6/2013 9:13 PM
Here is the latest update on the Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier from Dave Nash:

It’s really happening!

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the pier construction started last week and is now in full swing.  They are still committed to a June 30 completion for all of the land based work as well as installing all the piles.  Right now they have been doing some serious digging on the land side to put in the footings for the handicap access portion of the walkway.  This will be supplemented by a “grand staircase” going from the sidewalk down to the pier.  A barge is in place to set the steel piles then the wooden piles will be driven inside those as explained to me. The 6/30 deadline is important so that they have all the piles in place; then they will finish up the decking.  Seems like some in town are a bit nervous about all the heavy equipment getting in the way but even though there is much more going on there than I thought would happen, it is not leaving a big footprint.  By the end of the month the plan is to be done with all the land-based equipment.  The state fishing access people are doing a great job in trying to minimize the impact of the construction.  Thanks to Donny Brice for the photos.

Click here to see the photos.

By dbalon on 6/6/2013 1:57 PM
There was a Major Bluefish blitz out on Chappy that lasted 2+ hours long! This happened on the weekend of June 1, 2013.

John Piekos states "We were pretty much the only ones out there.  The bait was throwing itself on the beach to avoid the bluefish.  There were fish upwards of 28" (~8lbs?)".

Thanks to Karen Cambray and John Piekos for capturing this great event!

Click here to see these amazing photos. 
By dbalon on 6/4/2013 9:02 PM

Update as of May 26, 2013:

Here is an update about the state of the beaches.  Currently, our only area closed to OSVs is the end of the Gut – however, there is still room on TTOR property out past the Windmill House to pull over and park and fish.  We are still enforcing dog bans on Leland Beach, the Gut, and the eastward end of Norton Point Beach.  The dog ban in these areas will continue until mid-August/the end of shorebird season.

 

We are also very excited to let you know that for the first time in several years, there is OSV access from Wasque.  The access requires OSV permits (of course!) and can be reached from the Wasque Swimming Beach parking area.  There is a rather steep embankment, which is doable – IF people deflate properly.  Please help us spread the word!

 

Also, I am plugging our Facebook page to everyone I can – www.facebook.com/trusteesmv.  I’ve been updating regularly with different things going on around all of our Island properties, so please follow us – and if you have suggestions for posts, let me know!

 

The Beach Access Hotline is still 508.627.8390 and is being updated regularly.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Thanks

Katie

 

 

 

Kate O'Donnell

Assistant Superintendent

 

The Trustees of Reservations  |  Martha's Vineyard

860 State Road  |  Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

kodonnell@ttor.org  |  508.693.7662 tel  |   508.693.7717 fax

 

Web: thetrustees.org  |  Facebook: facebook.com/thetrustees  |  Twitter: twitter.com/thetrustees   

By dbalon on 6/3/2013 7:54 PM

 

Here is the latest details on the MVSA Fishing Contest and Cookout.  The MVSA fishing contest and cookout will take place this Saturday, June 8th from 3p.m.-9p.m. at the left fork entrance to Norton point in the area of the gate house.   If you don’t have an OSV pass to Norton Point it’s a fairly short walk and some of the members will be available to shuttle folks out to the beach.  The club will provide grill food, salads, and soft drinks so there’s no need to bring food or drink.  We’re going to start flipping burgers around 6:00 PM.  As with all club events, this one is BYOB.   Bring your tackle and a beach chair.  Some of the members who have OSV permits and room in their buggies will be bringing extra beach chairs, just in case.

 

The weather forecast for this coming Saturday is not great, but Sunday looks clear.  In the event we have to reschedule to Sunday because of rain we will get an e-mail blast out, and post the latest details on this web site.

By dbalon on 5/31/2013 9:27 PM
Congratulations to Bob Lane (former MVSA President) who landed a beautiful 28.1 pound Striper on May 23rd, 2013. This is a nice early 2013 season Striper. Bob Lane stated: "It was a nice early season surprise fish, I never expected it".

Here are the statistics:
Length: 43 inches
Girth: 23 inches
Weight: 28.1 pounds
Gear: 7 foot GLoomis w/ a 3500 Baitrunner.

Check out the photos by clicking on this link or directly on the PHOTOS page.