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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 9/22/2017 7:29 PM

A memorial service will be held for Jane Lison on Monday September 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Edgartown. Jane was the wife of longtime active MVSA member Walter Lison. In it's early years Walter was a Vice President of the MVSA and instrumental in organizing our annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet. He also solicited much of the raffle merchandise. Jane could always be counted on to donate a dish for  the banquet as well as help out in the kitchen. 


Memorial donations may be sent to Edgartown Council on Aging, PO Box 1295, Edgartown, MA 02539.

By dbalon on 8/28/2017 8:45 AM
There are some great fishing reports in this month's August 2017 Newsletter! Check out the 40 and 50 pound Striped Bass that were caught and released by Cosmo Creanga...Nice job saving these precious fish!!!

There are also other plenty of updates on the MVSA In-House Derby standings, success in the Shark Tournament, latest standings for MVSA Angler of the Year and more.

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

2017 Aug MVSA Newsletter w addendum.pdf

By dbalon on 8/10/2017 7:49 PM

Check out the latest standings of the MVSA  for Angler of the Year. These are the standings as of the end of July 2017.

1. Cosmo Creanga                    (May-5, June-5, July-5)     Total- 15 


2. Jason Patterson                    (May-6, June-3)                 Total -  9


3. Ron Domurat                         (July-6)                              Total -  6


4. Ed Amaral                              (May- 5)                            Total - 5


5. Ralph Peckham                     (June-5)                            Total - 5


6. Jonathan Cornwell                (May- 1, June-3)               Total - 4

7. Don Scarpone                       (July- 3)                            Total - 3


8. Peter Johnson                       (June- 1)                           Total - 1

By dbalon on 8/4/2017 3:00 PM

The Boneyard presents

Dr. Greg Skomal

“Seeing Deeper into the World of Great White Sharks”

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Old Whaling Church

Main Street, Edgartown

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Suggested donation of $20 per person to benefit North Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

By dbalon on 8/1/2017 12:28 PM

We have just published a new beach update on our Facebook page.  We have most of Leland Beach open (small section in the middle is still closed to protect one last group of plover chicks).  Access around Wasque Point is still impassable due to erosion--it comes and goes almost daily.  The chicks at the Narrows just north of the Dike Bridge are 28 days old today and are expected to begin flying in the next few days, so that will be the next spot to reopen later this week.  Once that happens, we know we will be able to get vehicles as far as Aruda's Point but we still have chicks (plovers and terns) around the Jetties.  We'll need to see where they go in the next week but they seem to be spending more and more time north of the rockpiles at the Jetties.


“We have seen the second adult tern killed this summer on Norton Point late yesterday.  The adult Common tern was found in the vehicle track and had been run over.  At this point we cannot say if the adult was killed by a predator first and then run over or the other way around.  In any case we are heavily patrolling the stretch of beach from the eastern end of Norton Point to Wasque where there are several hundred terns hanging out preparing for their southward migration next month.   The Environmental Police are investigating the first tern which was  run over on Cape Poge two weeks ago.    They have also been helpful in convincing Cape Poge residents to stay out of closed shorebird areas.  I wish there was a way to convince beach drivers that these young birds really aren't vehicle savvy yet.  Any help the Surfcaster's members could provide us in reporting speeding OSV's would be helpful.  All we need is a plate number and we'll do the rest.


Chris Kennedy”

By dbalon on 8/1/2017 12:25 PM

MVSA Catch and Release Shark Tournament

Wednesday Aug 2  6 pm  -  Sunday Aug 6 11:59 pm

100 yards to the west of Wasque Point

sign-up and rules supplied on the beach

circle hooks only

optional side contest for largest shark



MVSA Picnic on the Beach

Sunday Aug 6

5:00 pm

hotdogs, burgers and soft drinks supplied

you don’t need to have been in the Tournament to attend


questions that can’t wait: contact Pres Don Scarpone

By dbalon on 7/5/2017 2:37 PM

The Martha’s Vineyard Surfcaster’s association

Annual Picnic


 This Saturday

July 8, 2017

5 pm


Bend in the Road Beach


Hotdogs, hamburgs, Buns, condiments, chips, water, soda

will be provided, the late afternoon weather forecast looks good……


Have fun with contests, great tales of fishing past and present, and most of all

great company


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

Please be sure to thank The Pres Don Scarpone-

he single-handedly sets this picnic all up!

By dbalon on 6/19/2017 10:58 AM

We have a number of tern and plover nests that will be hatching on Norton Point beginning tomorrow morning.  Accordingly, we will be closing much of Norton Point  to OSV access from a point 1/2 mile from the Gatehouse.    There is still at least one plover nest closer to the NP gatehouse but we will need to wait and see how it fares.  That nest is due to hatch next week after the 25th.  On Chappy, I don't believe that Leland Beach will be looking at additional vehicle closures for several more weeks which would come pretty close to the time when we should see some easing of the Cape Poge restrictions.  All difficult to predict given the uncertainty of nest and chick survival as we get later into the shorebird season.


I've heard from several fishermen wondering if we expect to have a complete closure of all OSV beaches and I believe we will be able to avoid that.  Have also answered several questions from fishermen wondering why we don't escort vehicles like several of the Cape Cod towns are trying to do?  If you recall we discussed this at the Surfcaster's Association Banquet this winter.  We have the necessary permits to escort vehicles but the vehicles would have to be escorted by one of the passengers in the vehicle (i.e., vehicles without a second person in the OSV will be turned away), access would be limited from 10 AM to 4 PM only, drivers will have to take a state-approved shorebird identification test, and we would have to charge vehicles a surcharge on top of the permit fee to pay the $40K state-mandated additional staffing and equipping for this program.  The Surfcasters I spoke with had no stomach for those kinds of limitations and additional fees.  This new program is not what folks might think it is.  It does not allow unfettered access to closed beaches and it is limited to designated choke points (for us, it is the Cape Poge Narrows and the south end of Leland).  


OK, so let's say we exercised the permit to allow for limited daytime access to Cape Poge north of the Narrows.  It would only allow access as far as Aruda Point as we have chicks at the Jetties along with a growing tern colony there.  If you could somehow get around the Jetties we have plover chicks both inside and outside at the Elbow.  So, lets look at the south end of Leland.  We have a plover nest there that will be hatching in the next week or two.  But that wouldn't help us if we implemented the escorting program through that area as erosion is preventing vehicles from rounding Wasque Point.  


Trustees staff are looking at all of the ways we can maintain access while still preventing injury to these chicks.  If we have missed something or if someone has another idea, please let us know.  As always, we appreciate the support of the MVSA.


We'll stay in touch.

Chris Kennedy