Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby

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The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News | Martha’s Vineyard Derby Will Remove Striped Bass From Competition

The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby will eliminate striped bass from the competition this year, derby leaders announced Monday.

The committee voted unanimously at a meeting Jan. 30 to eliminate stripers from the upcoming 75th annual tournament in September and October, a press release said.

It's no secret the bass are struggling, said Joe El-Deiry, chairman of the derby committee, speaking to the Gazette by phone Monday. Striped bass are probably the most important fish that swim in these waters. It was the responsible thing to do.