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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
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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,





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
By dbalon on 2/25/2018 2:24 PM

MV Times, Barry Stringfellow, February 21, 2018

Martha’s Vineyard fishermen did the Island proud at the 2017 Massachusetts Saltwater Derby, capturing eight out of possible 31 winning trophies.

The awards for annual fishing contest, sponsored by the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), were presented Saturday, Feb 17, at the New England Boat Show, in Boston.

Islanders made a clean sweep of the False Albacore trophies. David Nash of Edgartown won the men’s division with a 11.3 pounder. Nash was the only Islander to land a state champ fish on a fly.

Click on this link to read the entire article.

By dbalon on 2/25/2018 1:14 PM

The February 2018 Newsletter is action packed! We are inching closer and closer to Spring with one month to go. Soon enough the Schoolies will be back to kick off the season. Check out the latest Newsletter with all kinds of great information, summaries, pictures and lots of upcoming events.

Check out the February 2018 Newsletter at the link below:

February 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 1/19/2018 4:04 PM
What: MVSA Annual Banquet and Awesome Raffle
When: Saturday, January 27th at 1:00p.m.
Where: Old Whaling Church, Edgartown

Don't miss this awesome event! The Annual Banquet and Awesome Raffle is one of the best MVSA events of the year. There is great food, great prizes and most of all...awesome people! This is one of the best attended events of the year.

If you are going to attend we would appreciate if you could also bring a side dish or dessert.

If you want to help set up, shuck oysters/clams or just give us a hand please show up around 10:00a.m.

Hope to see you all there!
By dbalon on 1/19/2018 3:15 PM
Happy New Year to everyone as the MVSA kicks off 2018! I am sure everyone is itching to get this fishing season started but we still have a few more dismal months to get through before the waters warm and the fish come back to the Vineyard and New England waters. To help you get there, we have another great newsletter to keep you excited!

There is lots of great news, pictures, calendar events and more. Check out the January 2018 Newsletter at the link below:

January 2018 MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 1/2/2018 10:32 AM
Check out the last MVSA Newsletter for 2017 as we look forward to another great year of fishing in 2018! This Newsletter is packed with information that everyone is going to want to check out (Thanks to Lisa Belcastro on another great newsletter!). Included are the latest MVSA In-House derby standings and front runners. Also there is a great history snapshot over the last 28 years for MV Surfcasters Accomplishments during the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. This painstaking work was put together by Ron Domurat...Thanks Ron!

There is also great information from recent MVSA News, meeting updates and some inside information and tips from MVSA anglers on top tackle used during the season.

Don't forget about the upcoming MVSA January Banquet and Awesome Raffle. It will be held on Saturday, January, 27th and all details are in the Newsletter. 

Click on the link below to view the newsletter.
2017 December MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 11/26/2017 5:23 PM
Check out the November 2017 MVSA Newsletter! It is once again action packed with all kinds of great information.

A special thanks to Ron Domurat for all his hard work and great newsletters of the past years. Ron has now passed the torch and Lisa Belcastro is now our newsletter Editor. Check out this first great edition for November by Lisa!

Click on the link below.

2017 November MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 10/27/2017 8:52 AM
MVSA Monthly Meeting
Edgartown Rod and Gun Club
Monday, November 6, 2017

Pizza at 7:00p.m.
Meeting at 7:30p.m.

New members are particularly welcome. This is a great time to meet people and get to know the club.

By dbalon on 10/20/2017 7:12 AM

Striped Bass Survey Shows Healthy Population Growth

October 16, 2017

Annual Young-of-Year Survey Tracks Spawning of State Fish

Photo of young striped bass in net for annual young of year survey

Results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey’s index is 13.2, above the 64-year average of 11.7.

Striped bass, popularly known as rockfish, is Maryland’s state fish. The fish spawns in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries each spring. The survey is conducted annually to track the reproductive success of this important species and help predict future abundance. The index represents the average number of young-of-year striped bass – those less than 1 year old – captured in 132 samples. 

“Strong reproduction in three of the past seven years is an encouraging sign for the coastal population and future fishing opportunities,” Fishing and Boating Services Director Dave Blazer said.

During this year’s survey, department biologists collected more than 33,000 fish of 62 species, including 1,741 young-of-year striped bass. The most productive area surveyed for rockfish was the upper Chesapeake Bay, their largest spawning area.

Results of this year’s survey also showed high white perch reproduction in the upper bay and Nanticoke River. Additionally, the survey found American shad reproduction was above average, primarily due to its success in the Potomac River.

The department has monitored the reproductive success of striped bass and other species in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay annually since 1954, making it one of the oldest biological surveys. Twenty-two survey sites are located in the four major spawning systems: Choptank, Potomac and Nanticoke rivers and the upper bay. Biologists visit each site three times during the summer, collecting fish with two sweeps of a 100-foot beach seine.

More information on the juvenile striped bass program is available online.