2021 Event 

2021 Martha’s Vineyard Rod & Gun Club Fly Rod Striped Bass Catch and Release Tournament

June 12th & 13th, 2021

Dear Fly Fisherman:

For 29 years, the Martha’s Vineyard Rod and Gun Club Striped Bass Fly Rod Catch and Release Tournament rules stated: wind, rain, or moonshine — we do not cancel.  Of course, we did not anticipate a COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Amid the rollout of several vaccines and dropping infection rates, the new year brings good news. The 29th Striped Bass Fly Rod Catch and Release Tournament is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, June 12. The caveat is that should the public health situation warrant, the contest will be canceled.

For thirty years, honesty, camaraderie, and conservation have underpinned the tournament. Recognizing concerns over catch-and-release mortality, we have modified the rules and changed the focus from high fish tallies to a fish quota — the first team to fill its quota wins.

The fish quota is four fish per angler for teams of three members or less. Three fish per angler for teams of four or more fishermen. The twist is that each member of a team must catch his or her own quota for the team to qualify.

For example, if you’re on fire, you can continue to fish after you've filled your quota but those fish don't satisfy your team member’s quota — he or she has to carry his own weight. We think this will add to the rooting (or harassing) of fellow team members.

Plaques will be awarded based on each qualifying team’s team finish time.

The biggest fish category is a combination of length and girth. Fishing in that category may continue even after a member of a team meets his or her quota.

Hooks must be barbless or the barbs must be crushed down.

We think you will agree that these changes, which emphasize quality over numbers, demonstrate continued conservation leadership and set a good example for others to follow.

One of the unique aspects of this event is that every participant who is present at the awards ceremony has an opportunity to win one of the many great prizes our generous supporters contribute each year in an open lottery.

Details on the tournament headquarters will be announced at a later date. We expect the awards ceremony will need to be modified. We will take our guidance from Edgartown health agent Matt Poole. Please check the Rod and Gun Club website (mvrodandgun.org) for updates.

The entry fee is $45. The money raised helps to support club youth activities.

We strongly suggest that you make ferry reservations as soon as possible by calling the SSA at 508-477-8600 (steamshipauthority.com).

If you can donate a prize it would be much 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. If you have any questions please call tournament committee member Cooper Gilkes at 508-627-3909, or e-mail Nelson Sigelman at nelson.sigelman@gmail.com.



The Catch and Release Committee



Please be aware we have changed the rules for 2021.

Rules are available online and at local tackle shops prior to the tournament date. Please read the rules carefully.

The registration fee is $45 per team member. Registration forms are available online and at local tackle shops prior to the tournament.

Pre -Registration is REQUIRED this year and limited spots 


The awards ceremony begins at 9:30 am, Sunday morning location TBD & to-go breakfast treats provided. 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.​




For tournament information or to contribute prizes, contact


Steamship Authority: (508) 477-8600  

MV Chamber of Commerce: 800-505-4815


© 2020, Rod & Gun Club Martha's Vineyard