FLY ROD STRIPED BASS
CATCH & RELEASE TOURNAMENT
Join our mailing list to receive information for the annual Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release Tournament, one of the premier fly fishing events in the country. Teams of fishermen and striped bass will meet on the beaches of Martha's Vineyard in June — wind, rain or moonshine — we do not cancel.
Longtime participants agree that the one-night contest fosters the best qualities of the sport of fly fishing and irrespective of how well the fish cooperate, it is always a great time.
Rules are available online and at local tackle shops prior to the tournament date. Please read the rules carefully. Plaques will be awarded in one of three categories:
Roberto Germani Trophy
The total number of fish of any size caught and released by a team.
Sonny and Joey Beaulieu Trophy
The largest fish (length and girth) released by a team member.
Arnold Spofford Trophy
The most fish caught and released by a team in which members are not allowed to change flies.
The registration fee is $35 per team member. Registration forms are available online and at local tackle shops prior to the tournament. You may also register or drop off registration forms for your team members between noon and 3 pm on the day of the tournament at the Edgartown School. If you would like to be teamed up at random with another like-minded fisherman please let us know in advance and arrive at the Edgartown School early.
The awards ceremony begins at 9:30 am, Sunday morning and is preceded by breakfast served in the Edgartown School cafeteria. One of the unique aspects of this event is that we do not award prizes based on catching fish. Instead, everyone who fishes the tournament, and is present at the Sunday morning awards ceremony has an opportunity to win one of many great prizes contributed by our generous supporters.
Prize donations are greatly appreciated.
Contributions can be shipped to:
Catch & Release Tournament
Coop's Bait & Tackle
147 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown, MA 02539
Or dropped off on Saturday or early Sunday.
The money raised by the tournament benefits a number of club programs. These include the spring Kids Trout Derby, open to any youngster, and a day of fishing for kids with cerebral palsy who attend Camp Jabberwocky.
The Edgartown School is tournament headquarters and is located off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road (35 Robinson Road). We strongly suggest that you make ferry reservations as soon as possible.
Vineyard Gazette, June 6, 2017:
At Catch and Release, a Fish Tale for the Ages
MV Times, June 7, 2017:
Surprises aplenty at 26th annual catch and release tourney
MV Times, June 8, 2011:
Catch and release tournament celebrates 20 years