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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
By dbalon on 4/24/2018 2:27 PM

The April 2018 MVSA Newsletter is out as we are almost at the start of the season. The fish will be here very soon so be ready! There is a lot of great information in here along with some nice fish pictures to get you excited about the beginning of the season. Soon enough you will be out on the sand or rocks wetting a line and anticipation of that first tug on the line...The Best! 

 

Check out the April 2018 Newsletter at the link below:


April 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 4/15/2018 1:15 PM

4/6/2018 Beach Report from Chris Kennedy

We recently met with the Edgartown Conservation Commission agent to lay out the new trail for Norton Point entrance and have subsequently had the ecology staff walk it to make sure we are avoiding buried salt marsh.  It sounds like the approval process will be straightforward given the emergency nature of the request.  Bad news?  The nor'easters have created plover nesting habitat between Left Fork and the NP Gatehouse.  How's that for a kick in the pants?  Also, our Norton Point Gatehouse is getting close to the outside beach berm.  We are requesting permission from the Town to relocate the gatehouse further back.  

 

Speaking about the Town, the Acting Edgartown Police Chief has ordered changes in the Norton Point Air Station for this upcoming season.  He felt that the mass exodus we saw last summer from OSV's all wanting to leave the beach from 3-5 PM created a dangerous situation for traffic at the intersection of Atlantic Drive and Katama Road.  To address that concern we will be working with the Highway department to expand the number of air hoses from 3 to 9 hoses stretched upwards along Katama Road (Left Fork).  The town will relocate the bike racks to the opposite side of the road where the current deflation lot is located and we will relocate the tire deflation area higher up on Katama Road opposite Mattakeeset.  We will assign rangers to assist OSV's to get into an orderly line if they want to re-inflate and to move those who do not intend to re-inflate their tires to be able to avoid the line which can sometime reach 20-30 vehicles long.

 

The rest of Norton looks good, Wasque is in good shape and East Beach is coming back slowly but sections continue to be really short and steep.  Again, nothing unusual for winter.  The old lighthouse foundation has slid down the Cape Poge banking so that it effectively blocks access around the outside at high tide.  We have an off-island construction crew coming out here next weekend to break up the foundation and move it out of there with the appropriate equipment.

 

The Army has finished their work out on Little Neck at Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge and we are reopening access around the outside beaches of Little Neck for public access for the first time in 70 years!  We are removing the fencing and signs which the Army put into place and I imagine we will have a re-opening ceremony at some point this summer but in the meanwhile, fishermen are welcome to fish the shoreline of the peninsula.  In total they removed more than 20,000 live and inert practice bombs from Little Neck and the waters surrounding Little Neck over the last two years.  They have moved their efforts to Long Point Wildlife Refuge in West Tisbury and they estimate that work will be wrapped up by summer, 2018. 

 

The breaches in the Elbow are pretty much healed at this point but the nor'easters have made the outside beach from the Lighthouse to the Windmill House nothing but rock.  Not a comfortable ride but the sand should begin re-appearing on the outside beach as we move closer to summer.  

 

Permits are expected to arrive in the Vineyard Haven office from the printer in the next week or so.  Prices are the same as last year.  I am urging hesitant prospective permit holders to wait to see what the nesting situation looks like for this year if they are the least bit worried about potential shorebird closures.  As you all know, its not a matter of if they'll nest but how many and where they'll nest.  For most fishermen its not an issue as they will be accessing the beach pre and post nesting season but for vacationers they can hold off and purchase a permit once they arrive on the island.

 

The Brickyard at Menemsha Hills Reservation is in the process of being cleared and a trail cut to connect it with the Lower Loop Trail at MHR.  Expect to hear more from us in the coming months but access will be limited to foot access as we have no deeded vehicle access to the Brickyard. 

 

I want to express my continued appreciation for the support of the Martha's Vineyard Surfcaster's Association!

 

All the best,

Chris 

 

 

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By dbalon on 4/2/2018 3:57 PM
The March 2018 MVSA Newsletter is out to get us one step closer to the fishing season. Last look was that the schoolies were still down in NJ but that can change in the blink of an eye. Don't get caught with your waders down not being ready to go this season. The newsletter is packed with great information to help you get ready.

Check out the March 2018 Newsletter at the link below:

March 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf
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