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By dbalon on 1/29/2012 9:43 PM
The first MVSA meeting of 2012 took place at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Saturday, January 28th. Over 80 members were in attendance for this awesome event. It was a great gathering to renew friendships and share fishing stories from 2011. The banquet food was excellent as usual. Will Geresy (MVSA President) provided an update on the club, past successes and a beach erosion update. Chris Kennedy (The Trustees’ Martha’s Vineyard superintendent) provided an update on the Norton Point Breach and current conditions at Wasque. After the meeting was complete an awesome raffle of gifts donated by sponsors and members was held with all proceeds for the MVSA.

Click here to check out a few photos of this great kickoff to the 2012 season.
By dbalon on 1/20/2012 2:50 PM
The Norton Point Beach breach may close as early as this year, an event that would bring to an end a dramatic, five-year phenomenon that has eaten away large chunks of the southeastern corner of Chappaquiddick, according to a top regional expert in coastal erosion.

Read the full Vineyard Gazette article here.
By dbalon on 1/20/2012 10:22 AM
The Norton Point Breach is continuing to close at an amazing rate. Ron Domurat reported the following:

 "This is all that is left to the breach itself-about the width of the Gut! This was taken at dead low tide."

Only mother nature knows what is in store next for the breach. One can visualize that some day it may be possible to drive from Norton Point over to Chappy once again. Everyone has different opinions on if this would be a good thing or a bad thing but it does get the mind wandering. Time will tell....

Check out the latest photo taken by Ron.

By dbalon on 1/19/2012 8:36 AM
The 23rd MVSA Annual Awards Banquet and Raffle will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from Noon to around 4:00P.M. in the Bailies room beneath the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. We need shuckers, set-up volunteers and clean-up volunteers. Shuckers and set up helpers welcome after 11 a.m.

Please consider doing the following if you plan on attending:

  • Bring an appetizer, salad or dessert.
  • Consider donating a raffle prize (Let Kathy Pogoda know at
  • Bring a completed Membership form and check for dues payment. 

Nominations for the election to be held at the Banquet are One Year Terms;

    President                Will Geresy
    Vice President        Paula Sullivan
    Vice President        Peter Johnson
    Secretary                George Moran
    Treasurer                Sue Geresy   

By dbalon on 1/15/2012 8:07 PM
Well, Friday the 13th proved very unlucky for the Wasque waterfront area. During the weekend of January 13, 2012, there was yet another bad storm that brought over 50+ MPH winds and destructive surf.  The entire Wasque lookout area, lookout platform and stairs are now being eroded into the beach and ocean below. It will not be long before mother nature will consume this area and drag it into the Atlantic. It is overwhelming and sad to see what is happening to this historic area that has held a special place in every Chappy fishermen's heart. 

Thanks to Bob Clay for these photos.

Click here to see photos. 
By dbalon on 1/11/2012 1:55 PM
Wasque continues to erode into the Atlantic courtesy of Mother Nature. These were taken four hours into the falling tide. As you can see by the photos, the surf is right down below the landing at the top of the stairs from the Fishermen's parking lot. At high tide, it is up against the base of the stairs. Erosion along the bluffs to the west is so bad the Trustees have closed the trail that led to the center parking lot.

Click here to view photos.
By dbalon on 12/10/2011 3:49 PM
Stripers Forever members -
I'm very proud to introduce you to a new video commissioned by Stripers Forever to help promote our game fish message as the best possible conservation path for striped bass.  The video features people with very prominent backgounds in both striped bass fishing and conservation and includes with some excellent action footage to help make the message entertaining.   Please forward this message to your fishing friends, and while you're at it, please remind to them that membership in Stripers Forever is free.  While they are on our website they can go to Become a Member and sign up in seconds.  Spread the word.

Click this link to view the video right now on our website.

Brad Burns, President of Stripers Forever

By dbalon on 11/30/2011 9:08 PM



Saturday, December 3, 2011

Leland Beach & Wasque Point Beach Cleanup - Chappaquiddick

9 a.m.–12 noon


Spend a morning helping The Trustees of Reservations clean the beaches on Chappaquiddick this Saturday.  The clean up will take place at both Leland Beach & Wasque Point Beach and will focus on clearing logs, limbs, and sticks that have washed up due to the erosion at the southern side of the island.  Volunteers can also walk the beaches to assist with the removal of harmful marine debris. Bring a steel rake if you have one, and gloves are highly advisable.  Join staff at the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick at 9am. If you plan to attend please call (508) 693-7662.

Contact:        Bob Mill

                        Administrative Assistant

                        The Trustees of Reservations         


                  508-693-7662 x 10

By dbalon on 11/21/2011 10:03 PM
                  Public Hearing: Nov. 29, 6:00 PM. in Danvers & Nov. 30, 6:00 PM in Plymouth
The MA Div. of Marine Fisheries (DMF) will be holding public hearings on two important conservation measures that will have an immediate impact on saving our stripers. You can help stop the wasteful killing of stripers by voicing your support for these two proposals. The DMF is doing something right. Let's let them know we have their back on this
1)       The DMF is proposing to require both recreational and commercial fishermen fishing for or in possession of striped bass to use circle hooks when fishing with whole or cut natural bait. The reasoning is that traditional "J" hooks are often swallowed by striped bass causing internal damage and increasing discard mortality. Circle hooks have demonstrated the ability to hook the fish in the mouth and thereby decrease mortality rates.
2)        The second proposal is to prohibit the use of "yo-yo" rigs. "Yo-yo" rigs and other similar gear that use natural baits rigged with embedded weights not attached to the terminal tackle increase discard mortality when striped bass swallow the bait and the associated weight. DMF is proposing to prohibit the use of this gear by both recreational and commercial fishermen.
MA Stripers Forever endorses both proposals.  The outcome will be greatly influenced by input from the public and the DMF is looking for our support. You can be certain that all the recreational fish hogs and the "commercial" SB fishermen will be out in force to oppose both proposals. This is our chance to support and not fight the DMF!
The first hearing will be Nov. 29 at 6:00 PM. at the CoCoKey Hotel and Water Resort, 50 Ferncroft Road in Danvers. The second will be Nov. 30 at 6:00 PM at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor at 180 Water St. in Plymouth. Written comments will be accepted until Dec. 2. E-mail to, or mail to 251 Causeway St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02114.
Thanks for being involved and taking action on these two conservation issues that can save the lives of many fish that will die if we don't show up and support these proposals.
Dean Clark /Fred Jennings
PS If you will be going to either of these hearings (and we sincerely hope you will) please email one of us and let us know. Thanks.

By dbalon on 11/19/2011 1:02 AM
There are new categories for the club's Derby, First Fish and Last Fish. Pins will now be awarded for the first bluefish caught and the last bluefish caught in a calendar year.
In addition the first striper and the last striper (any size) will be awarded pins too. However the stripers cannot be landlocked pond fish. They must be salt water fish not brackish water holdovers.
Enter the fish like any other into the contest by filling out an MVSA In-House Derby slip. The link to the MVSA In-House Derby slip can be found by clicking on this link:
MVSA In-House Derby Slip

There is no differentiation between shore, boat, all tackle or fly rod fish.
Obviously first fish doesn't apply to 2011 at this point but last fish does. Fish are still being caught as the weather keeps holding out. See if you can be the last fishermen still standing and catching.
Bragging rights awarded.
See you out there.

Will Geresy
MVSA President
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