Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

10 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
Martha's Vineyard

If you fancy yourself a dab hand at fishing or just like to eat delicious seafood then you need to head to Martha's Vineyard this autumn.

  • When? 10 September - 14 October 2017
  • Where? Martha's Vineyard
  • Price: Entry fees apply to those taking part in the derby.

There's nothing fishy about this annual competition held in Martha's Vineyard. Every autumn, fishermen and women compete to catch the largest fish in what is now considered the East Coast's biggest festival of its kind. 

The event began in 1946 and was created to help promote the island's communities and encourage sportsmanship among the islanders. As such, the festival has an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere and anyone that wants to is encouraged to take part. Around 2000 participants compete to catch the biggest bluefish or striped bass over the five week period. There are also Derby weekends which see parades, bands, live music and a carnival atmosphere; the event is rounded off with a bass and turkey feast. 

The event is held at various locations around the island although the main festival site is in Edgartown. Given that Maratha's Vineyard is renowned for its seafood we're sure that the island's biggest homage to the sea is well worth a trip. Even if you don't take part you can still enjoy the celebratory atmosphere plus some mouth-watering seafood. Sounds fin-tastic!

  • Get there: From mainland Florida, take a ferry (Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs is a common route) and then drive down to Edgartown.
  • Stay: We recommend staying on Martha's Vineyard for a few days, though it is possible to commute over from Cape Cod.

Visit the Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby official website for more information.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!