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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 5/26/2016 8:33 PM
Memorial Day 2016 Trustees Report
Chappy and Norton Point
Chris Kennedy, Superintendent
May 24, 2016

With the upcoming Memorial Day weekend along with the fact that plovers, terns and oyster catchers are in the mood for love, I thought it might be helpful to provide our best guess for upcoming shorebird chick hatching and the resulting closures that will necessitate.

A.)  Beginning at the Gut, we expect the tip to be closed to OSV's as of the second week of June.

B.)  The US Army Corps of Engineers are working on the bomb cleanup of Little Neck.  They will halt their work on the upland areas as of June 15and their efforts will switch to the underwater cleanup efforts over the summer.  The completion of the bomb cleanup on the land will begin again in September and will wrap-up in December.   In the meanwhile, LittleNeck will continue to be off-limits to vehicles and pedestrians until the completion of the cleanup.  Most of the bombs they are unearthing have been expended but some are still live.  They are detonating live bombs every afternoon (around 3-5 PM) so traffic may be stopped along the inside trail for 10 minutes or so until the munitions have been blown.

C.)  The outside beach between the Jetties and Arruda Point continues to be closed due to erosion.  It is looking better and we hope to be able to reopen it before summer but Mother Nature has to help out with some more sand.

D.)  The Swimming Beach opposite the Dike Bridge will be closed to OSV's beginning this week.  As well, we expect to have several clutches of plover chicks hatching North of the Swimming Beach in the next week so expect outside beach closures on sections of that outside beach.  We expect to close the outside beach access road at the south end of the Narrows but expect to be able to keep the interior OSV trails behind the dunes and along Cape Poge Bay open.  That may change if the chicks decide to cross over to feed along the Narrows but we are hopeful that the chicks will remain north and south of the outside beach roadway to allow us to maintain access to Cape Poge.  Again, all of this is subject to change on short notice.

E.)  Halfway down Leland Beach (about midway between Wasque Point and Dike Bridge) we expect chicks to hatch on the outside beach which will necessitate OSV closures on the outside of Leland Beach within the next week.  However, we anticipate being able to maintain OSV access on the North end of Leland beach opposite the Dike Bridge and at Wasque Point.

F.)  Nesting terns and black skimmers have taken over the bay side of Norton Point on the Chappy end of the beach.  Access along the outside beach is not impacted at this point but when these tern chicks begin hatching expect the usual beach closure from the mid-point of Norton Point towards the Chappy end.   Those chicks should begin hatching by the second week of June.  So far this colony of terns is quite large and we are hoping they are successful in hatching and fledging their chicks.  We are anticipating that OSV drivers will be able to access Wasque Point and the eastern end of Norton Point via the Chappy OSV trail system.

We would again ask all beach drivers to watch their speed and drive no faster than 15 mph.  We lost an adult plover on Norton Point last year to a speeding OSV.  Rangers will be stringently enforcing the speed limit on all of our OSV trails this summer. 

I will update you as things change. 

Have a great holiday weekend!

Christopher Kennedy
Martha’s Vineyard Superintendent

Trustees  |  MV Management Unit
23 Pocha Road Ext.  |  Edgartown, MA   02539  | 508.627.7689  (phone)  |  508.693.7717 (fax)

By dbalon on 5/21/2016 2:45 PM
First of all we are all saddened about the passing of Bob "Hawkeye" Jacobs. The MVSA and island will not be the same without him. He was a true icon. Please read the tribute to Hawkeye written by Janet Messineo.

The remainder of the newsletter has all kinds of great information! Topics in the May Newsletter include the upcoming Used Tackle Sale, Make Your Own Lure Contest, Fishing Report, In-House Derby, Island Cup Challenge, Long Point Access, Trustees Report, Calendar Events, and more.

Check out the full report enclosed here. Just click on the link below.
2016 May MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 5/12/2016 2:16 PM

Services Thursday for Bob “Hawkeye” Jacobs

Robert Scott “Hawkeye” Jacobs, who spurned the trappings of corporate success and followed his love of fishing to the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard, where he found friends and a way of life that suited his personality — gregarious when it came to poker, and solitary when he thought the stripers might be biting during the Derby — died Sunday at his home in Oak Bluffs with friends and his brother by his side, following a long illness. He was 68.

Click here to be linked to the full article.
By dbalon on 5/9/2016 12:51 PM

It is with very hearts that we must pass along some sad news. Hawkeye (Bob Jacobs) passed away on Sunday, May 8th after a battle with cancer. Hawkeye was a surfcaster legend and more importantly a great friend to all that knew him. The island will not be the same without him.

There will be a graveyard service for Hawkeye at 11 a.m. on Thursday May12th (this week) at the Oak Bluff cemetery. Afterwards there will be a pot luck gathering at Janet Messineo’s house, 77 Snake Hollow, to share stories and be together in this sad time, to celebrate the life of Robert Jacobs.

By dbalon on 5/5/2016 7:29 AM
The Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club’s annual trout tournament is Saturday and Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove is teeming with trout. If you're 14 or under, be there at dawn. Here are some tips from the experts on how to best angle for the winning fish. - See more at:
Vineyard Gazette
May 3, 2016

The parking lot at Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove Road was busy Tuesday morning. There were trucks and people milling about in the rain, some with nets, others warming their hands on their coffee cups. There were also 400 trout in two big tanks perched on the back of a pickup truck. The trout had just made the commute from Barnstable that morning and were headed into the pond in preparation for the annual Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Kids’ Trout Tournament this coming Saturday, May 7

Click here for the full article and pictures.
The parking lot at Duarte’s Pond off Lambert’s Cove Road was busy Tuesday morning. There were trucks and people milling about in the rain, some with nets, others warming their hands on their coffee cups. There were also 400 trout in two big tanks perched on the back of a pickup truck. The trout had just made the commute from Barnstable that morning and were headed into the pond in preparation for the annual Martha's Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Kids’ Trout Tournament this coming Saturday, May 7. - See more at:
By dbalon on 5/2/2016 12:45 PM

Pat Toomey Dinner, April 2016 MVSA mtg

Thanks to Janet Messineo for details and photos!

Pat Toomy cooked a fabulous dinner at the last meeting with assistance from Dr. Dave Kolb. What a delicious dinner it was! He wanted to cook striped bass but of course it was the only week all winter he could not find one! He brought scrod. Dr. Dave had a quick lesson and then dived in to help clean and filet and and skin the scrod.

Click here to be linked to photo album.

By dbalon on 4/26/2016 11:58 AM

The Stripers are here along with the April 2016 MVSA Newsletter!!! Check out this 7 page, action packed newsletter with all kinds of great information! Topics in the April Newsletter include the first caught striper details, April Meeting notes (and dinner prepared by Master Chef and surf angler, Pat Toomey), upcoming Used Tackle Sale, First Fish of The Year contest, Earth Day Cleanup, Make Your Own Lure Contest, Island Cup Challenge, Calendar Events, Phil Cronin's newly released CD and so much more.

Check out the full report enclosed here. Just click on the link below.

2016 April MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 4/18/2016 7:37 PM

The 2016 Striper Season is off to an early start on the Vineyard. Early reports say the first fresh striper was caught on Martha's Vineyard on April 14th! There are multiple reports of Stripers being caught as this nice Spring weather has kicked things into gear. Where they are being caught, when and on what are of course always secretive so just get out there and wet a line!

Fish On!

By dbalon on 4/14/2016 9:22 AM

MVSA collected a large amount of provisions that were to be sent to SSG Joseph Larson and his unit, somewhere in Iraq. The unit benefitted from the MVSA donations a few months back. He again sent his sincere thanks and said that because they will soon be back stateside he said not to send anymore packages.

If we are going to collect and send packages in the future we will have to keep our ears open for military members who are serving overseas.

By dbalon on 4/14/2016 9:07 AM



The Wampanoag Natural Resources Dept is looking for volunteers to help plant beach grass on the recently replenished Lobsterville Beach.  The planting will take place April 24’th from 9:00 – 3:00.  You’re probably aware that the sand dredged from the Menemsha channel over the winter was used to replenish the beach on the West Basin side.  If you haven’t been up there to see it yet 1) it’s pretty amazing, and 2) this would be a great opportunity to see it and help out with this important project.  Link to the Dept site and additional details


Looks like coffee, water, snacks, and LUNCH from an up-island food truck will be provided.  Bob Lane brought this event to the club’s attn: and will be there.  If you attend pls take some pics and email them to me.  I’ll make sure Ron gets them for the newsletter, and Dave for the web site.  I won’t be able to participate in the planting (off-island day job), but will be there for the beach cleanup the following Sun, April 30, 10:00 AM, Left Fork.


Please help for a few hours if you can, very important fishing spot, I can vouch for at least two big albies that came out of the Bowl two Derbies ago J



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