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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 3/14/2017 9:49 AM

Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch & Release Tournament set for June 3

Despite recent snow Cooper “Coop” Gilkes of Edgartown said fly fishermen are already looking forward to the 26th annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod& Gun Club Fly Rod Catch & Release Tournament. “I started getting calls in December from guys who wanted to know the date of the tournament so they could make ferry reservations,” Coop, longtime tournament chairman, said.“We’ve got fishermen who wouldn’t miss it. It’s a great time.”

Fishermen who participate year after year agree that the one-night Island team fly fishing contest fosters the best qualities of the sport of fly-fishing. One unique aspect is that irrespective of fishing success tournament registrants present at the fun-filled Sunday morning awards ceremony have a chance to win one of many great prizes awarded based on a random drawing of entry blanks. Winning fishermen receive plaques in one of three categories:The total number of fish of any size length caught and released by a team(Roberto Germani Trophy); the largest fish (length and girth) released by a fisherman (Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Trophy); and the most fish caught and released by a team in which members are not allowed to change flies (Arnold Spofford Trophy).

Fishing begins at 7 pm, Saturday, June 3 and ends at 2 am, Sunday.The awards ceremony begins at 9:30 am, Sunday, June 4. This year, in a change of venue the tournament headquarters and breakfast will be located at the Edgartown School off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road.

The entry fee is $35. The money the tournament raises helps to provide trout for the club’s spring Kid's Trout Derby, send two youngsters to Conservation Camp and supports a day of fishing for Camp Jabberwocky campers.

For more information call Cooper Gilkes at 508-627-3909 or go to

For more background read: "Catch and Release  tournament was humbling all the way around”"Catch and Release  Tournament celebrates 20 years”).

By dbalon on 3/8/2017 10:43 AM
Another great MVSA Newsletter!!!  Topics included in the February Newsletter are the Awards Banquet Summary, Awards Day,  Used Tackle Sale, June Cuttyhunk Fishing Trip, Island Cup Challenge, Trustees Report, upcoming April Beach Cleanup/Earth Day, Calendar Events, and so much more. The weather has been back and forth with warm and cold temps but the fish will soon be on the move!

There are all kinds of upcoming events for 2017 so be sure to check out all the details.

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

2017 Feb MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 1/20/2017 9:36 AM
Happy New Year to everyone!!!

This is the first newsletter for 2017 and once again it is packed with great information! Topics included in the January Newsletter are the upcoming January Awards Banquet (1/28), Used Tackle Sale, June Cuttyhunk Fishing Trip, Trustees Report, upcoming April Beach Cleanup, Calendar Events, and much more.

There are all kinds of upcoming events for 2017 so be sure to check out all the details.

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

2017 Jan MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 1/16/2017 10:04 AM

The annual MVSA banquet and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday Jan 28th, 2017 at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.  Doors open at noon.  Food will be served at 1:00 PM, to be followed by a brief annual meeting, awards presentations, and of course the annual awesome raffle and silent auction. Kathi Pagoda and a team of volunteers have been working hard to put together a great selection of raffle and silent auction items.  If you have something you would like to donate please contact her before the event.  As in past years Paula Sullivan is planning an outstanding raw bar and buffet.  Feel free to bring along a dessert or side dish to share with your fellow club members.  Set-up and shucking help is always appreciated so come early to lend a hand.

2017club dues ($30/household) will be collected.  As part of the meeting we’ll be voting on the slate of club officers.  Nominations for club officers are welcome.  Please reach out to President Don Scarpone before the event if you’d like to place your name in nomination.  The current proposed list of officers follows:

President:              Don Scarpone

Vice President:       Jason Patterson

Secretary:              Dave Kolb

Treasurer:              Phil Horton

Hope to see you all there.

By dbalon on 12/23/2016 8:01 AM
The December newsletter is now available and packed with great information! Topics in the December Newsletter included are MVSA Club News, upcoming January 2017 meeting, Military Care Package request, Calendar Events and even more inside.

There is also a very important article on Menhaden. This is a must read and there is a request for comments to the ASMFC before January 4th, 2017.

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

2016 DEC MVSA Newsletter.pdf
By dbalon on 12/8/2016 6:27 PM

The November newsletter is now available with all kinds of great information! This version is packed with great information and MVSA Member Accomplishments! Topics in the November Newsletter included are MVSA Member Derby Accomplishments, Club News, Sportsmanship Award,In-House Derby, Striper Update, October Fish, Saltwater Challenge, Calendar Events and even more inside.

We haven’t had a Newsletter in a few months due to everyone fishing the derby but ...Wow!...did this Newsletter make up for lost time….Awesome!

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

2016 Nov_V2 MVSA Newsletter .pdf
By dbalon on 12/8/2016 5:53 PM
Ned Bean would like to share a new Facebook page with everyone. Please read Ned's write up below and check it out!

I always enjoy receiving the MVSA newsletter. It gives me the opportunity to reflect on the season past,to cherish memories of fishing on MV with friends and to motivate me to actually clean and store my gear. 

Among my passions for all things fishing on MV is sustaining the striped bass fishery. Toward that end I have partnered with my friend John West to post a Facebook page: Martha's Vineyard Chapter, United Striped Bass -2- Game Fish Association. 

The link to this page is:

Ultimately the success of the striped bass fishery will reside with anglers being active in communicating their concerns and best wishes to their local state representatives and in educating each other about sustainable fishing practices. 

 It's cost free, virus free and is dedicated to preserving the striped bass fishery we all love. 


Ned Bean

By dbalon on 12/8/2016 5:46 PM

Bob Lane kindly provided the information below on how ourgenerous MVSA members can donate to our troops:


Our collection for our military care package drive will be sentto:





APO AE 09354


If you can't make the meeting, I have included his APO so you cansend him some items, or a card or letter if you wish. This is Master SargentDevine's 6th deployment. He has many Vineyard ties: His mom and son live in OBand he has other family members who live on MV as well.


What to send or donate:
I have received two specifically requested items: 

Sugar Free Red Bull (energy drink) and 

Sour Patch Kids (the candy)

(He does not smoke or use tobacco products)


What else? Here is a list of suggested items from


What the Troops Ask For – (updated11-19-2016)

  • $25 VISA and M/C gift cards (gives them maximum flexibility, for WIFI, etc)
  • Phone cards (major brands international)
  • Personal hygiene items(unscented whenever possible)
    • wet wipes, individually wrapped
    • disposable razors (men's and women's)
    • chap sticks
    • body wash, lotion, face wash, mouth wash, deodorant, q-tips, shampoo, conditioner
    • foot powder
    • and the like
  • Feminine products (unscented whenever possible)
    • Small packs of napkins and tampons
    • Female version of body wash, lotion, razors, face wash, mouth wash, deodorant, q-tips, hair de-tangler, face moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner
    • Small grooming kits
  • Sunscreen
  • Magazines (clean content)
  • Fun posters and calendars for dressing the place up
  • AA batteries
  • AAA batteries
  • Movies and music on thumb drives only (“USB devises are cool to send movies and current shows on in digital form!  Just please keep them virus free.”
  • 1 GB+ USB memory sticks (thumb drives) (blank)
  • Cards, letters, group photos (we want them to know real people did this for them)
  • Laundry PODS packed in a sturdy plastic or metal container.
  • Tobacco (“yes a lot of us smoke, dip, chew, and vape”)

Food Stuffs:

  • Hard candy
  • Cookies
  • Corn nuts
  • Protein bars/powder
  • Weight-lifting powder
  • Gum
  • Rice Krispy Treats
  • Slim Jims
  • Beef jerky
  • Popsicle/Pop-Ice (some places have freezers)
  • Granola and other snack bars
  • Nuts other than peanuts in re-sealable containers
  • Dried fruits in re-sealable containers
  • Tins and packets of flavored coffee and cappuccino
  • Breath mints
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Liquid creamers in little plastic cups with a foil top packed in a sturdy plastic or metal container.


·        Nococoa

·        “Donot ever, ever, send porn, alcohol or drugs.  These are illegal and canget the soldier in trouble.  I’m not talking about OTC drugs.  RatedR/NC-17/UR movies are not porn.  Nudity in print is pretty much a no, no,though have you seen the fashion ads in magazines these days?”

·        Nopeanuts

Thank you for whatever contributions you can make!

Regards, Bob Lane

By dbalon on 12/5/2016 6:43 AM
Terry C. Tessein, 81, passed away unexpectedly onSaturday November 26th at home.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Pauline  Hess Tessein.

Born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, he was the son of Charles Tessein and Julia Fischer.

Terry is survived by his devoted wife Pauline Tessein,brother William Tessein, loving children Charles Tessein (wife Donna), Cindy Eldredge (husband Donald), Caren Harris (husband Daniel), and David Tessein(wife Nicole); cherished grandchildren Jeffrey (wife Rachel) and Carol Tessein,Jaclyn and Michelle Letendre, Camille and Michael Harris, and Lena Tessein.

He was raised in New Jersey where he began his lifelong appreciation for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He attended Rutgers University and was a member of Delta Phi Fraternity. He left school and joined the Navy where served as an Aerographer's Mate. This was a springboard for a life-long interest in climate and weather.

He was a dedicated and loving father and husband. He and his young family were stationed in many locations but none so impactful as Virginia Beach, where he developed his true passion for fishing. Another location took him to the Long Beach Island Fishing club with many competitions and awards.

After the service he became a pioneer in computer technology, working as a trailblazing programmer at Honeywell and North American Rockwell. He was also a member of MENSA.

The family relocated to Franklin MA, where he was a member of the Intrepid Striper Club and an active member of the Mass. Beach Buggy Association. He fabricated a camper and the family spent memorable summer weekends camping and fishing on the beach at Provincetown during the golden years of striper fishing. As a club member he competed in casting and fishing tournaments and was a trophy winner in the Schaefer Tournaments. He was proud to be an official weigh station for the Schaefer Tournament.

He eventually settled on Cape Cod, remarried, and expanded his family and continued his career in technology management and sales before eventually retiring. He was widely known locally in the recreational fishing community and had fishing friends up and down the east coast. He took up writing and photography, and was published in The Fisherman, On the Water,Saltwater Sportsman, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Field and Stream, and had a weekly column in the Barnstable Register. He was a member of New England Outdoor Writers Association. A life objective was to write a book; he authored Fly Fishing Boston. He loved the writing and all the people it allowed him to meet and presented him with a host of new, exciting fishing opportunities.

As a conservation enthusiast he initiated the New England Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. He was a member of many other organizations including Ducks and Trout Unlimited and many area fishing clubs.He was an active member of the Cape Cod Salties and supported many of their education programs such as the Learn to Fish Day, seminars with MA Environmental Police, and offered several presentations to share much of his own knowledge with the club. He held deep feelings for his affiliation with the Cape Hatteras Anglers where he was a charter member when the club was formed in1957, member number fifteen, and loved to take annual migrations to Cape Hatteras for December Surf Fishing.

Visitation will be Friday December 9th from 5 to 8 p.m.and Saturday 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home 154 Route 6A Sandwich, MA. Interment will be Monday Dec. 12, 2016 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, family and friends are invited to gather at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home to proceed to the cemetery in procession.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Cod Salties P.O.Box 1183, South Dennis, MA 02660-1183 in care of the Terry C. Tessein Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will support students with a passion for conservation and love of the outdoors.

Arrangements under the direction of Nickerson~BourneFuneral Home, Sandwich, MA.

By dbalon on 11/11/2016 4:19 PM

MV Derby On Chronicle, Channel 5, Monday, November 14th at 7:30p.m.

Title: Main Streets and Back Roads Martha's Vineyard
The segment was shot as the Derby was just ending.

Check it out and re-live this awesome event!

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