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The Martha's Vineyard Times mvtimes.com 15 Sep, 2021 19:00 am

Derby ramps up after a slow start

Derby ramps up after a slow start

“Bob got the first fish — he is a fantastic fisherman, and it was really nice to see his name on the board,” El-Deiry said.“The wind may have deterred some people who were fishing from a boat at first, but it seems like it’s been picking up a little,” El-Deiry said.“Even though it’s outdoors, we require that people wear a mask because it’s pretty impossible to social distance when you are out there on the pier, especially because several hundred people usually show up,” El-Deiry said.From what he has seen, El-Deiry said there aren’t many stripers swimming around, although he hasn’t been targeting them due to his own concerns about the well-being of the fish population.

“I know a handful of people who have done all right, but the couple of commercial fishermen I know have not been seeing many,” El-Deiry said, although he has come across large schools of bunker (menhaden), which are one of the preferred snacks for stripers.As for El-Deiry, he said he has been enjoying fishing the Derby, although this year is a little different for him.

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