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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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By dbalon on 5/25/2012 9:34 AM
On The Water article, May 24th, 2012

Congratulations to Connecticut Capt. Blaine Anderson on landing a fish of a lifetime, a 57-inch striped bass estimated to weigh about 74 pounds! Blaine is no stranger to big fish – he has put clients on numerous 40 and 50 pound bass guiding on the waters of Long Island Sound around Niantic, Connecticut. This fish was caught on Blaine’s first trip out on the ocean to do some research for an upcoming charter. What a way to start the season!

Click here to see the full On The Water story and VIDEO!
By dbalon on 5/10/2012 2:13 PM
This is a photo of one of our club members, Don Scarpone, with an estimated 130 pound tarpon he caught in the Florida keys this winter.

Nice Fish!

Click here to see this awesome catch.  

By dbalon on 5/4/2012 12:15 PM

The next meeting of the Marine Fisheries will be held this coming Thursday, May 10th at the Katherine Cornell Theatre at the Tisbury Town Hall located at 51 Spring Street, Tisbury MA. The meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. All of the details are listed below:



1) Introductions and announcements
2) Review and approval of May agenda
3) Review and approval of March minutes
4) Comments 
    a) Commissioner 
    b) Director 
    c) Law Enforcement
5) Lunch Break
6) Discussion Items 
    a) Commercial Striped Bass Management 
    b) Improving Reporting Compliance 
    c) ASMFC Updates 
    d) NEFMC Updates
7) Items for Future Public Hearing 
    a) Whelk Management: Challenges and Potential Solutions 
    b) Commercial Permitting 
            i) Requiring Certain Limited Entry Endorsements be Owner-Operated 
            ii) Restricting Commercial Permits: One Permit Per Vessel 
    c) Winter Closure of the Cape Cod Bay Critical Habitat to Lobster Gear 
    d) DMF’s Proposals in Response to Governor Patrick’s Regulation Reform Initiative 
    e) May Public Hearing Items
8) Other Business and Commissioners Comments

NOTE: Future MFC Meetings will be held on June 7th at the Annisquam River Station, Gloucester, MA and on August 12th at a location to be determined.


By Car: Make left out of Steamship Authority Ferry Station onto Water Street. Make second right onto Cromwell Lane. Take right on Main Street. Follow Main Street to Center Street. Make left onto Center Street. Follow Center Street to Franklin Street. Make left onto Franklin Street. Follow to Spring Street. Make right onto Spring Street and the Town Hall will be on your left.

By Foot: Cross Water Street onto Union Street. Make left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street to Spring Street. Make left onto Spring Street and Town Hall will be on your right.

By dbalon on 4/22/2012 8:24 PM
MVSA members showed up on a foggy Saturday morning to participate in the island wide, earth day beach cleanup. The entire Norton Point beach was cleaned up of debris all the way to the breach. Many thanks to those who participated and helped to make this a successful event.

Click here to see all the photos.
By dbalon on 4/20/2012 9:48 PM
Wasque Point has undergone some drastic changes since the MV Derby last Fall. Ron Domurat took a ride out there earlier this week and took some nice photos for our viewers. Check out the latest photos of what Wasque looks like as of April 12th. You will hardly recognize it. You might recognize the nice rip being formed in the ocean but the beach front has completely changed. Thanks to Ron Domurat for providing these photos.

Click here to see the latest photos of Wasque.
By dbalon on 4/15/2012 9:53 PM


The MVSA will once again be involved with the VCS beach cleanup. The Trustees expect that Norton Point trail will be open Saturday and that a clean up along the new inside trail will be greatly appreciated. MVSA members are asked to meet April 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance to Norton Point Beach (left fork).  Bring tick repellent.

Details will be provided at that time. Bags will also be provided but please bring your own gloves.  Here is some additional information from the VCS provided by David Nash.

Hello everyone.  It’s time to make plans for the annual Vineyard Conservation Society beach clean-up effort.  This year the clean-up falls on April 21 and will run from 10 to 12 with another great barbeque at SBS following our collective efforts.  Since this is the 20th anniversary of this we are trying to do a little extra and have already secured some free T-shirts for the kids who participate and we are also planning on holding another of our hugely successful free raffles. 

    You are all the people who helped make this event such a success last year (and for some of you, many years).  Some of you are connected to organizations like the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Community Service program and have helped supply the resources to clean up multiple beach locations and that is especially appreciated. Last year, more groups participated than ever before and we are hoping this trend will continue as the beach clean-up represents a wonderful way to support the Martha’s Vineyard environment and celebrate Earth Day, and in a small way the arrival of spring even though we all know it doesn’t really arrive on Martha’s Vineyard until June!

    We are hopeful you will again participate this year and we would greatly appreciate if you could email me back to either confirm your participation or to advise me that we need to replace you or your group with another.  Please feel free to bring to our attention any problems or issues that we could maybe help with such as too many people at your beach or not enough people or not enough supplies, etc.


    If you prefer, you can call me as well.  I can be reached at 508-627-4867. 
Thanks.  David Nash

By dbalon on 3/28/2012 3:52 PM

OB Pier Update

A frequently asked question from our membership is "when is the OB Fishing Pier going to be built?" Essentially we have to keep up the pressure on our officials to give the project a spot at the head of the project line. Already the Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier Advisory Committee and the MVSA board of Directors have sent letters to;


Mary B. Griffin, Commissioner

Department of Fish and Game

251 Causeway St. Suite 400

Boston, MA 02114




Richard K. Sullivan, Jr.


Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

100 Cambridge St.

Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114

But there is nothing like a big stack of letters and postcards to galvanize an official into action. Please take a moment to send a postcard or letter to these two individuals.

Ask  them to give our project a favorable consideration to be built this year. Ask that our Saltwater Fishing License fees help move this along. Tell them we want the kids  and handicapped residents of MV to have a safe place to fish. Let them know we are still very interested. Thanks, Will

By dbalon on 3/25/2012 11:49 AM
Bill Brine recently took an aerial tour of the Norton Point breach. He provided a link to his amazing photos. Many thanks from the surfcasters to Bill for keeping us up to date on Nature's work out there.

Click here to see all the photos.

By dbalon on 3/21/2012 12:19 PM
In the May–June 2011 magazine, writer Tom Dunlop delved into the history and future of the Norton Point breach. Here’s an update on what the opening and the affected coastline on Chappy looks like now. In just four months, Norton Point has advanced 1,500 feet to the east while the Chappy spit has atrophied but hardly moved. In this period, the opening between the points has narrowed from about 1,225 feet to about 260 feet.

Click here to check out the full Martha's Vineyard Magazine (March 2012) article.
By dbalon on 3/3/2012 10:30 PM
Beginning March 9th, thru to the 11th is the 2012 N.E. Saltwater Fishing Show at the RI Convention Ctr. in Providence, RI. This is a great show and one of the best shows in the New England area. There is a great lineup of seminars and hundreds of exhibitors. There is also plenty of custom lures and deals to peak your interest. The show has tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, motors, accessories, clothing and much more! There is also excellent parking with indoor access to the show.

Click here to be linked directly to the N.E. Saltwater Fishing Show website.
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