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Martha's Vineyard
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By dbalon on 2/19/2012 9:00 PM
The Chappy breach is closing fast. It has changed once again in just the last few weeks. Ron Domurat provided the information below:

"Here's what's left of the breach! From the Chappy side of Norton Point looking across to Katama the breach is only about 60 yards across. This is big difference even from two weeks ago. Closing fast?????

There is also a bar that is forming just east of what's left of the bathing beach parking lot. At low tide, that bar is only about ten yards off the beach!

Click here to see the latest photos.
By dbalon on 2/17/2012 1:13 PM

Members and Friends:

The Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters Association monthly membership meeting scheduled for February 22nd has been cancelled. A scheduling issue at the MV Rod and Gun Club has occurred. Please check our website at and your email for upcoming meeting schedules. Mebers without email will be notified by US Mail.


By dbalon on 2/12/2012 8:29 PM
Please join us at the upcoming MVSA General Meeting in April. We have a special guest, Jack Creighton.

Jack Creighton will be at the April 11th meeting at the MV Rod and Gun Club at 7:00 p.m. sharing his experiences about fishing the Cape Cod Canal. Click here for more details or see our EVENTS section on the Home page.
By dbalon on 2/1/2012 9:34 PM

The following is a summary given to the MVSA by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on Mycobacteriosis in Striped Bass. There is also a link to the seminar and webinar at the end of this summary if anyone is interested.

Just wanted to give you an update as to the dollars raised so far for Myco research.  To date the amount is $6,140 from 55 donors. Future donations can be made at the link at the bottom of this page.

I also wanted to let you know that Dr. Vogelbein will be giving an After Hours lecture on February 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. titled “Is Mycobacteriosis killing Virginia’s striped bass?”

I know that the majority of the supporters for his research are from the northeast and they won’t be able to attend in person but they can join the lecture through a web link that will be set up during the lecture to ask questions.  The lecture will also be made available to view on our website after the lecture takes place.


Join VIMS professor Wolfgang Vogelbein for VIMS' After Hours lecture as he describes his team's study of mycobacteriosis and its affect on the Bay's rockfish populations. Register here.

Click here to view the official website and invitation.

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.
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