Six stripers over 30 pounds each were weighed in in the first 36 hours of the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby, and if the early catch is any indication it is going to be an exciting 35 days of fishing.
One hundred and thirty-eight fish - more than 1,460 pounds of striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and bonito - were weighed in during the 60th annual tournament's first day and a half. The hefty stripers marked a significant change from last year, when only one over 30 pounds was logged in the same time frame.
As of Monday morning, Emily Vanderhoop led the tournament with the heaviest fish - a 39.14-pound striped bass. She displaced Stan Lasinski, who brought in his 33.54-pounder almost exactly 12 hours earlier.
Roger Sylva brought in the largest bluefish, a 12.04-pounder caught from a boat on Sunday.
Also of note is Michael Peters's 12.24-pound false albacore caught from a boat on Sunday. Mr. Peters's fish is only .13 pounds less than last year's top boat albie - a 12.37-pounder caught by David Kadison. How long will Mr. Peters's fish last atop the leader board?
Upcoming events include the kids' derby on Saturday, Sept. 17.