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Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
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Edgartown, MA 02539
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By dbalon on 12/16/2019 9:11 AM

The December 2019 MVSA Newsletter is out and packed with updates and news. Check out the latest upcoming events planned for 2020 as well as some of the best fishing and gear tips from our members from 2019. Also check out the biggest fish of the year from our members in 2019 and the final results of the MVSA Inhouse Derby...awesome!

Click on the link below to read the newsletter.

2019 December MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 12/16/2019 9:06 AM

The November 2019 Newsletter is now out! There are some great accomplishments in here and some great photos too! Relive the past season and end of year fishing successes of the MVSA Inhouse derby as well as the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby.

Hope everyone has a great upcoming Christmas and New Years and hope to see everyone at the annual MVSA banquet in January!

Click on the link below to read the entire newsletter.

November 2019 MVSA Newsletter.pdf

By dbalon on 12/6/2019 5:05 PM

Here are the 2019 Final Angler of the Year Standings for the MVSA club members. Everyone had another great year of fishing the Vineyard and 2020 is just around the corner. Congratulations to everyone in the Final Standings.

2019 Final Angler of the Year Standings:

1. Cosmo - 33 points

2. Cody Creanga - 13 points

3. Ron Domurat - 12 points

4. Dave Nash - 10 points

5. Ralph Peckham - 8 points

6. Tony Rezendes - 6 points

7. Steph Pond, Bob Bottary, Don Scarpone, Lisa Belcastro, Paula Sullivan - 5 points

8. Jim Wareing, Steve Tirrell -4 points                

9. Brenda Gerosa Beal, Eric Brown, Jonathan Herman - 3 points

10.Zack Magid - 1 point 

By dbalon on 11/19/2019 9:45 AM
Check out how our club members did in the MV Derby. The final results are now posted on this website. Simply go to THE CLUB tab and then click on MVSA Derby Accomplishments. From there you can either click on "2019 MEMBER DERBY ACCOMPLISHMENTS" to see the 2019 results or you can click on PAST AND PRESENT MVSA DERBY ACCOMPLISHMENTS to see the overall list of members and their summary of accomplishments.

It is always great to see our member's accomplishments! It was a tough derby as far as the fish go this year but once again our members toughed it out and made a go of it!

By dbalon on 11/4/2019 5:59 PM

New Castle, NH – The Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. The Addendum reduces all state commercial quotas by 18%, and implements a 1 fish bag limit and a 28"-35" recreational slot limit for ocean fisheries and a 1 fish bag limit and an 18" minimum size limit for Chesapeake Bay recreational fisheries. States may submit alternative regulations through conservation equivalency to achieve an 18% reduction in total removals relative to 2017 levels.

Addendum VI was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Addendum’s measures are designed to reduce harvest, end overfishing, and bring fishing mortality to the target level in 2020.

Since catch and release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality, the Addendum requires the mandatory use of circle hooks when fishing with bait to reduce release mortality in recreational striped bass fisheries. Outreach and education will be a necessary element to garner support and compliance with this important conservation measure.

States are required to submit implementation plans by November 30, 2019 for review by the Technical Committee and approval by the Board in February 2020. States must implement mandatory circle hook requirements by January 1, 2021. All other provisions of Addendum VI must be implemented by April 1, 2020. In May 2020, the Board will consider a postponed motion to initiate an Amendment to rebuild spawning stock biomass to the target level and address other issues with the management program.

Addendum VI will be available on the Commission’s website ( on the Atlantic Striped Bass webpage in early November. For more information, please contact Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, at or 703.842.0740.

By dbalon on 9/11/2019 1:05 PM

Thanks to the recent dedicated work of Sam Hart and Chris Kennedy of TTOR and Don Scarpone and Ron Domurat of the Martha's Vineyard Surfcaster's Association, good news from the Prez and the Trustees can be provided as in the notes below. Please follow all rules and guidelines, and report those who don't. 

"September 9, 2019


Dear Martha’s Vineyard Surfcaster’s Association Member and Derby Entrant, 


Below please find the notice from The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR) regarding permitted OSV travel along the bayside trail to and from Chappaquiddick during the upcoming Derby.


As many of you are aware, the trail along the ocean side on Norton Point is badly eroded beginning at a point approximately two miles beyond the guard shack. Travel along the front beach is not possible. This agreement was the result of a recent meeting between MVSA members and the Trustees’ Island office and reflects our continuing efforts to balance safe access with beach integrity and regulatory compliance under the MA Endangered Species Act which we must follow.


All OSV operators should be aware that the trail along Katama Bay is subject to flooding during periods of high tide. Travel along the trail should not be attempted in the four hour period starting two hours before until two hours after high tide in Edgartown. OSV operators who attempt to travel during that window run the risk of driving through water and should a problem arise help will not be available from the Trustees.     


As Derby anglers please respect the Trustees wishes regarding fencing and roped off areas as any abuse of that trust could result in the loss of whatever limited travel privileges are available to us. Ropes are not to be cut and stakes are not to be moved.  


Thank you, 

Don Scarpone, President"



"September 9, 2019


Access for Over Sand Vehicles (OSV) to Chappaquiddick to and from Norton Point will be allowed on Friday, September 13th - Sunday, October 19thfor the duration of the MV Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby. Access will be limited to the Katama Bay side of Norton Point at or near low tide only. Please note that use of the bayside trail on Norton Point will be limited during high tides due to portions of the trail being flooded so do pay close attention to the tides. 


The Trustees greatly value their relationship and partnership with our local fishing and hunting communities and we look to you for help in ensuring that derby participants adhere to all beach regulations and, in particular, confine OSV travel to the fenced-off travel corridors provided. Failure to stay within the approved corridors may impact the health and resilience of the beach system itself and is likely to cause destruction of state-listed endangered species and plants, which would constitute a prosecutable offense under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. The MV Surfcasters Association and The Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Committee have agreed to encourage responsible beach use among their membership. The Trustees reserve the right to close any or all sections of the beach if regulations are not observed.


Our Mission is to “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts." The coastal properties we own or manage on Martha’s Vineyard are stunning examples of places where public enjoyment, natural beauty, and ecological values coincide.


We wish tight lines to Derby participants – but please, fish responsibly. Observe all rules, posted and un-posted, for beach use. Confine your travel to designated corridors and encourage others to do likewise.The Vineyard’s beaches are a resource for everyone – and that means all are responsible for keeping them healthy."


Please direct any comments or suggestions to Don Scarpone:

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