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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 10/22/2016 8:42 AM
Official Numbers: Maryland's 2016 Striped Bass Young Of The Year
Stripers Forever
October 21, 2016

The official numbers are out on Maryland's 2016 striped bass young of the year, and they aren't good.  This late summer count of striped bass born during the past spring is calculated annually by Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources by hauling a seine through essentially the same areas of Chesapeake Bay, at the same time, year after year.

Click here to read the full article.

By dbalon on 9/1/2016 9:02 AM
The August newsletter is now available with all kinds of great info! This will be the last one for a few months as most people will be focused on the Martha's Vineyard Bass & Bluefish Derby. Topics in the August  Newsletter included are Fishing Reports, MV Derby, Shark Tournament, In-House Derby, AG Fair, TTOR Report, Wasque Stairs, Calendar Events, and much more!

There is also a very nice appreciation letter from TTOR to the MV Surfcasters Organization. It is very nice to see this positive working relationship between organizations.

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

2016 Aug MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 8/13/2016 7:17 PM
The first confirmed report of Albies came in from the Vineyard today! Looks like the fish are right on time and things should be setting up quite nicely for the derby starting on September 11th. Get out your favorite Albie lures and get out there and give it a shot. You just never know when you will hook up with one of these under water freight trains!

Fish On!

By dbalon on 8/9/2016 8:42 AM
Trustees of Reservations
August 8, 2016

There is a newly installed set of stairs at Wasque Point! The Trustees had a new staircase installed to replace the previous wooden staircase that had been damaged and destroyed by storms and erosion years back. You can now park at the Wasque Fisherman lot, follow the trail for 50 yards and then go down the staircase right to Wasque Point/beach!

Click here for full details from the Trustees at the following link:

By dbalon on 7/26/2016 7:23 PM
Chappy Brown Shark Tournament

Also see EVENT log section of MVSA homepage for further details. Just click on the Chappy Brown Shark Tournament event.

Some additional details re: the upcoming members only shark catch & release

Dates: 12:01 AM Aug 2nd – 11:59 PM Aug 6th

Place: East Beach – Dike Bridge south the Wasque cross-over

Entry: Free to club members.  Contact Don Scarpone to enter –

Prize: Biggest shark wins a $50 gift certificate to the tackle shop of their choice and a plaque

Optional pool: $10/angler, winner take all, must be in the pool to win the pool


Catch& release only

Circle hooks only

Gaffs are prohibited

Other anglers may help land and measure fish

Cookout:Fri Aug 5, 6:00 PM, East Beach


By dbalon on 7/17/2016 1:55 PM
The July newsletter is now available with all kinds of great info! Topics in the July Newsletter include the latest  Fishing Report, In-House Derby, Pin Winners, Fish Weight Calculator, Trustees Report, Calendar Events, and more.

There is also an update on the Statewide Piping Plover Habitat Conservation Plan.

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

2016 July MVSA July Newsletter (2).docx
By dbalon on 7/6/2016 9:29 AM
Norton Point and Chappy Beach Update
July 2, 2016
Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, TTOR

Beach Access Update

We are now mid-way through the shorebird season and the beaches at Norton Point and Leland Beach are pretty well saturated with terns, plovers, oyster catchers and black skimmers at Norton Point and plovers on Leland. Cape Poge is open from the Dike Bridge to the Windmill House at the Cape Poge Elbow.  

At Norton Point we have approximately 4/10 of a mile of drivable ocean beach at the Katama end. On Leland we found a single plover chick that appeared to be 3 weeks old (they normally fledge in four weeks).  This older chick  that had crossed over from the ocean beach to the bay side on the Wasque Point end of the beach which forced the closure of vehicle access along the Leland bay side trails.  We also have several plover families on the outside of Leland beach which prevented us from opening that up for access.  Of course,Murphy’s Law dictates that we won’t catch a break.  We learned Wednesday evening that another plover nest had unexpectedly hatched on Leland’s bay side beaches close to Wasque Point.  At this point I would say it is safe to say that vehicle access to Wasque Point is unlikely for the next several weeks.  Finally, we have been able to open a small section of beach opposite the Dike Bridge for ocean beach access.  We monitor the status of the chicks on all of our beaches several times a day and will immediately reopen driving access as we are legally able to.

To fish the new moon tides at Wasque fishermen are advised to park at the Wasque Swimming Beach parking lot.  I know, I can hear the groaning but for those who make the trip to the Point it can be very productive.  Staff are trying to get the aluminum stairs back in place adjacent to the Osprey pole at Wasque, which would shave off some of the beach walking,  but the beach at the base of the cliff is extremely narrow.  We will do the best we can to get these stairs in but I don’t want to oversell the idea that we can get these stairs back in place. We typically need 5 to 6 feet of beach at the base of the cliff to get these stairs secured at the top of the cliff and the base of the cliff.  We have also received positive news from the Conservation Commission.  They have approved our application to replace the stairs at Wasque Point.  The aluminum beach stairs are currently being built in Maine and we are awaiting an expected completion date from the manufacturer of these custom stairs.

We will be sure to pass along updates as things change.  Trust us…things will get better from this point.


By dbalon on 7/5/2016 1:10 PM

Because the weather forecast is not ideal, the Saturday, July 9th cookout has been canceled (new date Saturday, July 16th), includes open beach lightning risk, and members may wish now to change their weekend plans. Rescheduled date is Saturday, July 16th...see below:

Saturday, July 16 at 5:00p.m.
Bend in the Road Beach

(rain date: Sunday July 17th same time and place)

Hotdogs, hamburgs, rolls, condiments,chips, water, soda will be provided

Have fun with the Casting contests, fishing contests,and great company

Please bring a dish (salad or a dessert) to share

By dbalon on 6/21/2016 12:47 PM
Updated 6/25, 12:15p.m.:

Due to the piping plovers the June MVSA meeting, fishing contest and cookout will be held Saturday, June 25th at the small beach directly across from the Dike Bridge. This was moved from the original location due to TTOR closures of piping plovers. This should be a fun event so come out and test your fishing skills against other members.


Small beach directly across from Dike Bridge

Saturday 6.25.16

Fishing contest starting time: 3 pm

Hotdogs: 5pm

The weather forecast is excellent—-join us for fun, friends, and fish

You may wish to CAR POOL& COME EARLY  !!

Hope to see you there!

By dbalon on 6/16/2016 1:55 PM
The June newsletter has all kinds of great information! Topics in the June Newsletter include the latest  Fishing Report, In-House Derby, Island Cup Challenge, Long Point Access, Trustees Report, Calendar Events, and more.

Also congrats to our current In-House derby leaders. Cosmo leads the shore Striped Bass division with his 36.3 pound fish and John Piekos leads the Shore Bluefish division with his 11.0 pound fish. Good luck out there to all our members and please be safe!

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

2016 June MVSA Newsletter.pdf
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