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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 7/26/2019 2:50 PM



AUGUST 1, 2019 5:00 PM – AUGUST 4, 2019 11:00 PM





The largest fish for the entire tournament will claim the prize. Sharks may also be entered, using circle hooks only and careful catch and release technique. Greg Skomal has shown an interest in being present to tag any sharks caught; please be as helpful as possible to Greg and his team.


Size will be assessed by length, not weight.


Shore fishing only from Wasque. Please respect all bird fencing and beach regulations. 


Contact Prez Don at Wasque during the tournament to enter, for explanation of the measuring technique and rules, and to pay your entry fee.


Please contact Prez Don in the meantime for any questions:

By dbalon on 7/6/2019 4:10 PM

Janet Messineo, the former president of the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association, will be at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Cafe in Plainville, MA on Wednesday, July 10th at 7pm to discuss her new memoir, CASTING INTO THE LIGHT. We would love it if you could share this news with your community. The event is FREE to attend and people can sign up at


The book gives a full portrait of Janet's fishing journey and details everything from Janet’s obsession with striped bass, her dream of becoming a marine taxidermist, her favorite fish recipes, and even an account of the women anglers who came before her. At the event, Janet will discuss her captivating memoir, answer audience questions, and sign books. Beer & wine will be available for purchase at this event.

By dbalon on 6/16/2019 5:34 PM

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Windmill House Update:

Over the past several months, some MV Surfcasters have been talking to the new owner of the Windmill House about fishing access, passage, etc to that area of Cape Poge.

On Saturday afternoon, working in agreement with the new owner,  a group of MV Surfcasters moved the approximate 1 mile stretch of fence line an additional 10' to 15' inward.   There is now extra room for car travel to/from The Gut, with the usual caveat that at high tide water floods the access as it has always done.

The WMH owner likes to fish and understands there is often good fishing in this area.  In short, he is friendly to us fisherman.  For our part, we need to respect his property, the dunes and wildlife, the same as we do for the rest of Cape Poge.

Most importantly: 

Please respect the fence lines (yes, even at high tide when your car will get wet).  Do not drive "behind the lines", there is plenty room between the shore and the rope fence for passage. Note that the first breach (east, before reaching the house) has created a basin and will be flooded at high tide, hopefully with time this fills in with more sand.

Please don't make it a beach day along his stretch of property (it's not a typical "beach" spot anyway).  Depending on the tide there is room for 2-3 car widths room for passage, same as it has been historically.  If there are breaking fish, stop and catch them, then move on. Be respectful of access/passage to and thru this area for all.

I've been very encouraged by the discussions to date - he's done an amazing job cleaning up the area (there was tons of junk in and around the house that he has removed). 

Thanks to Ron, Jack L, Brad, Jonathan, Joe, Jack, Ralph, Jason and everyone else that helped move the fencing, it went smoothly and quickly.

Click this link to see photos.

By dbalon on 4/16/2019 12:49 PM

On Earth Day, Saturday April 20, 2019, there will be an island-wide beach clean-up.


The event is sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS), but our club has traditionally been responsible for clean-up of Norton Point and South Beach. In recent years, only a few dedicated members of our club have been showing up. 


Men & women of the club: can we do better this year? It’s one of our ways of giving back to the community, and of supporting our ecologic mission.


Just show up (no need to register in advance) at the left fork restroom/changing area on 


Saturday April 20, 2019 at 10 am.  


Gloves and bags are provided; many members bring their own gloves. Clean-up lasts until 12:00pm, or earlier if the work is completed. A lot of volunteers will make for a good time and short work. 


And free food afterwards from the VCS at the MV Sailing  Camp Park in OB from 12:00 – 2 pm! The clean-up after party will include a raffle. (see below)




"VCS Earth Day Beach Clean-Up After Party

Join the Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) at the Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp for great food, a free raffle, and to compare your treasure hunting stories. There will be plenty of soups, salad and pizza for all. And of course there will be treats. No hardworking beach-cleaner should go without some refreshments.

This year’s event will feature two raffles, one for adults and another for the kids. We will be giving out prizes all party long. Another fun prize comes courtesy of the MV Shellfish Group, who are holding their fundraiser extravaganza later that night: show your selfie from the Beach Clean-Up at the door and get $5 off of admission. Finally, many thanks to Coral Shockey from Featherstone Center for the Arts for bringing some art education to the event, sharing the joy of creative garbage-craft with kids of all ages. 

 Saturday, April 20 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

 Sailing Camp Park 

177 Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557"

By dbalon on 4/16/2019 12:35 PM
The March MVSA Newsletter is out and Spring is well underway with some nice warm days ahead.  The Stripers will be here soon so don't get caught dusting off your equipment when the bite is on. In this edition, there is a special section for Ken Beebe's Alaskan Fishing trip awesome!
Other great topics are included such as the club monthly meeting updates, Beach Cleanup (April 20), Beach Picnics, Used Tackle sale, Calendar of Events and more.
Click on the link below to go directly to the March 2019 Newsletter.
By dbalon on 3/6/2019 11:42 AM
The February MVSA Newsletter is out as we edge out of winter and closer to the 2019 fishing season! Mother Nature threw 16+ inches of snow on the mainland but that just gives everyone more time to get their fishing gear ready. In this edition, there are also some great pics from the January MVSA Banquet and Raffle. It was an awesome event!
Other great topics are included such as the club monthly meeting updates, 2018 MVSA In-House Derby awards, MVSA Angler of the Year 2018 (Hint: Think of a fancy drink), MVSA Club Library update, MVSA Annual Dues, Calendar of Events and more.
Click on the link below to go directly to the February 2019 Newsletter.
By dbalon on 1/22/2019 12:25 PM
The first MVSA Newsletter is out to kickoff the 2019 fishing season! Get in on all the action and check out an already busy calendar of events. Most importantly the Annual MVSA meeting, banquet and raffle is being held on Saturday, January 26 at the Old Whaling Church.
There are other great topics as well such as the club monthly meeting updates, Military Care Packages, update on the MV Shellfish Group, MVSA Annual Dues, the latest MVSA swag, Calendar of Events and more.

Click the link below for the January 2019 Newsletter.
By dbalon on 1/22/2019 12:19 PM

The Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters will hold their annual meeting, awards presentation, and banquet on Saturday Jan 26’th at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.  Doors open at noon and the event runs from 1:00 PM to approximately 4:00 PM.   There will be a raffle and silent auction to raise funds for the multiple island causes the club supports, including Scholarships for Island students, the Rod and Gun annual Trout Derby, and others.  Current and perspective members are welcome.

Please remember to bring food to share. If your last name starts with:

A - G    Appetizer

H -M    Salad

N - Z    Dessert

Other great food, soda, and water will be provided. You do not need to rsvp or respond with what you are bringing-just bring it.

By dbalon on 1/7/2019 9:05 AM

President Trump Signs The Modern Fish Act

Repost of the American Sportfishing Association Article (January 2, 2019) in the On The Water online magazine.

The recreational fishing and boating community is celebrating the enactment of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018 (Modern Fish Act), which was signed into law by President Trump December 31. The Modern Fish Act finally recognizes in federal law the differences between recreational and commercial fishing and adds more appropriate management tools for policymakers to use in managing federal recreational fisheries.

To read the entire article click on this link.


By dbalon on 12/26/2018 1:39 PM
The December 2018 MVSA Newsletter is ready to go! There are great topics in here to get you through the holidays.
Included in this edition is the December Club Meeting News and Notes, MVSA Christmas Party (with Santa Pics and other great pics), MVSA Angler of the Year Standings, Calendar of Events and more.

Click the link below for the December 2018 Newsletter.
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