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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 12/2/2018 3:37 PM
The November 2018 MVSA Newsletter is hot off the presses! This might help everyone to finally realize winter is on our door step and most of the fish are headed south.
Included in this edition is the June 2019 Island Cup Fishing Contest, MVSA Christmas Party, November Club Meeting Summary, MVSA Angler of the Year Standings, Calendar of Events, MVSA In-House derby standings and so much more!

Click the link below for the November 2018 Newsletter.

By dbalon on 10/24/2018 9:44 AM
Thanks to Lisa Belcastro for putting together this special October Newsletter and tribute to the great Ed Jerome. This particular Newsletter is a must read.

Also included of course are all the MV Derby highlights along with some great pictures. All the accomplishments are great (Congrats to everyone) and you can really get a sense of the tight bond between MVSA members, family and friends. This is the true meaning of our club and the derby.

There are articles on the Derby, Member Accomplishments (Special thanks to Ron Domurat for putting this together!), Derby Memories, Tribute to Ed Jerome, Photo Contest, MVSA In-House Derby and the Calendar of Events.

Click the link below for the October 2018 Newsletter.

By dbalon on 10/24/2018 8:54 AM
The results from Maryland's 2018 Young of the Year survey indicated a YoY index of 14.8 which is higher than the 65 year average of 11.8.
This is the second year in a row with an above average spawn, and one of four above-average spawns in the past decade.

By dbalon on 9/25/2018 10:55 PM

The derby fishing is hit or miss but get out there and wet a line. As usual strange things happen during the derby and you can expect the unexpected! Check out the awesome pictures of some of our MVSA members success. Be safe and get out there and have fun during this great time on the Vineyard. Most of all, don't get caught up in derby fever and miss the most important part of this derby...being with friends and enjoying the island. Those are the times you will remember most once the derby has ended.

Please pay special attention to the tribute to the great Ed Jerome. There are no words that can truly express what a great icon he is to all who knew him and what he has done for this island, community and especially the Derby which we all owe special gratitude. Respect does not even come close to covering all he has done.

Don't forget about the MVSA In-House derby if you are skilled (aka: Lucky) enough to land a nice fish. Details are in the newsletter and can also be found on the MVSA website under the CLUB tab and then by clicking on the 2018 In-House Derby link. 

September 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf

Read the entire newsletter here at the following link:

By dbalon on 8/7/2018 8:45 AM

The fishing has slowed but the action in this newsletter has not. Check out articles on the MVSA Summer Picnic, Bluefish Age/Length report, Angler of the Year Standings, Upcoming Events, Etc...

The July 2018 Newsletter is out with all kinds of great information, informative articles and lots of great pictures! Check out this latest update while you are waiting for the fishing to pick up. Summer is now in full force with water temps in the low to mid 70's. The Bones are here to keep you interested while the bass and blues have been hit or miss.

Don't forget about the MVSA In-House derby if you are skilled (aka: Lucky) enough to land a nice fish. Details are in the newsletter and can also be found on the MVSA website under the CLUB tab and then by clicking on the 2018 In-House Derby link.

Read the entire newsletter here at the following link:

July 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 6/27/2018 12:38 PM

The June 2018 Newsletter is out and packed with great information. Check out this action packed newsletter with topics such as the Island Cup Results, Hawkeye Memorial Derby Results, Angler of the Year Standings, Upcoming Events, Photos Contest and more.  There are still a few events planned for the summer so check them out.  Bass and Blues are being caught so get out there and get in on the action before the summer heat wave hits and water temps rise.  

Remember, the MVSA In-House derby has started and runs for the entire fishing season. Details are in the newsletter and can also be found on the MVSA website under the CLUB tab and then by clicking on the 2018 In-House Derby link.

Read the entire newsletter here at the following link:

June 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 5/30/2018 8:28 AM
The May 2018 Newsletter is packed with information once again. There are all kinds of events planned for the upcoming season. Most importantly Bass and Blues are being caught with some 9 pound blues in the mix. Get out there and defend the island from these green eyed monsters! The bigger stripers should be here any day now so don't let your guard down.

Also the MVSA In-House derby has started and runs for the entire fishing season. Details are in the newsletter and can also be found on the MVSA website under the CLUB tab and then by clicking on the 2018 In-House Derby link.

Read the entire newsletter here at the following link:

May 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 5/14/2018 7:55 AM

He caught it from shore, casting off a local beach, said the staff at Julian's Bait & Tackle. But the big catch has some controversy.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ — A Pennsylvania man caught a 58-pound, 59-inch striped bass Monday near Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

Perhaps most incredibly — other than the fish's sheer size — is that John Callahan caught it from shore, just casting off a local beach in the area, said the staff at Julian's Bait & Tackle. Callahan bought his bait at the Hwy. 36 tackle shop, and went fishing Monday afternoon, April 30. He brought his big catch back into the shop later that day to take photos, which have now gone viral online.

Click here to read the full article.

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,





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