View Full Version : The Derby Begins!

09-08-2006, 07:28 AM
Derby starts at midnight! Before many of us start a month of closed mouthed, sleep deprived lunacy; it's a chance to be self - deprecating. I can predict with near certainty that the picture below will closely resemble the scene when the word of a single bonito breaking the surface passes around. Take a look at Nelson's column (http://www.mvtimes.com/news/2006/09/07/gone_fishin.php) from this week and you'll recognize the scene. (Look at the paragraph entitled "Fishing Reports"

For those fishing the Derby, good luck and try to keep a tenuous grasp on sanity. For those not, sit back and enjoy the show. I love this time of year!


09-08-2006, 07:34 AM
I Love Derby Time! Life goes on hold, hopefully to return!!!

I can't fish it until the last day!!!!!!

I'm hoping for some typical last minute drama --127-3-

The picture is pretty accurate. But what would be better is the line of folks standing on Lobsterville or Lighthouse beaches waiting for that one poor Albie or Bonito to mistakenly break the surface.

vineyard fisher
09-08-2006, 07:45 AM
I think you guys have summed it up just right, especially because the albies haven't showed yet and the bonito never really made it to shore in strong numbers. Any that do show up will be runned and gunned to death, both offshore and on the beach!

I'll be up there at the end of the month. Hope I can get my fix!


The Grudge
09-08-2006, 08:10 AM
I'll be there the 25th -29th and then back down for the last 3 days. Missed it last year when my daughter was born. Just picked up another rod and a bunch of supplies. See you guys out there.

sue m
09-08-2006, 03:21 PM
MV is a magical place. Unfortunately that picture (run and gun) is accurate. Best time to fish it is often the week before the deby starts! Or the week after. But the people there are great and the "fishaholic" atmosphere is unmatched anywhere. I was in Court down there and both the DA and Judge had derby pins on! It's not uncommon for a shop to close down during a "blitz". I am compelled to bring my boat down for the annual rite in 2 weeks.

09-10-2006, 02:19 AM
it aint nuthin but a fish thing baby!

09-10-2006, 07:29 AM
There are about 20 Albies crusiing the island ! With 50 Boats chasing them. Pretty funny to watch. I have been camping out at some likely spots in my boat and have been Jigging scup and sea bass with a maria waiting for them. Have seen 1 pod in 3 days. Fished Edgartown Haba this AM and it was devoid of even Blues! Hope they come in, with the lack of bait I have seen I think it will be a tough fall on the island.I bought a surf outfit and hung up my lite tackle gear for the rest of my stay, will be eel slinging for me.

Good Luck

09-11-2006, 11:56 AM
How much does it cost to take the ferry over to Martha's Vineyard in a car?

09-11-2006, 12:04 PM
bigblue, hope this helps...


good luck over there!

09-11-2006, 12:07 PM
Round Trips: $124 for the vehicle (less than 17" long) and $13 for each passanger

Link SSA: http://web1.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/

Availability page: http://web1.steamshipauthority.com/ssa/displaysch.cfm?Port=WH

Outbound on Saturdays is OK, but getting back on Sundays is limited at best.

09-11-2006, 12:17 PM
Round Trips: $124 for the vehicle (less than 17" long) and $13 for each passanger

Ray, I know that we're all into saving money on gas these days but my gear won't fit in a 17" car! --125-3

09-11-2006, 01:50 PM
oops :eek: my bad!!

I suppose if you have a 17" car you can just carry it on the boat!!!

I bet one of the 7 or 9-piece rods would fit.

09-12-2006, 03:44 AM
To Bring My 19' Boat ,F150 2 Adults 1Child it was about $350. Tough to see it sit while this storm blows through!

09-12-2006, 07:14 AM
Get that foul weather gear on, take some dramamine and get out there! Given the boat weigh -ins from yesterday, landing a fish in the limits will get a daily pin. :rolleyes: Stay safe and in sheltered water though!

09-12-2006, 07:55 AM
$124.00 round-trip....guess I'll pass again this year. hee hee :cool: