Taylor (Ted) Collins, 39, of Vineyard Haven, came in this morning with a bluefish he had caught from a kayak. The fish weighed 8.88 pounds. He said he went fishing out of Vineyard Haven.
This is his sixth year competing in the derby and the last few weeks have been really tough.
“The weather has not been good. Some say that wind is good for fishing, but most say it is not,” Mr. Collins said.
Mr. Collins has a great technique. He jigs for squid and when he catches them, he keeps them in a floating laundry basket. Last night he caught seven squid and decided that was enough to go fishing in a kayak.
He said he takes boating safety seriously when he goes fishing in his kayak. “There have been only three nights in the past two weeks when the weather was okay. Last night was good. There was little wind.”
Last night there was a new leader, despite the complaining. Scott D. Tompkins is the new derby grand leader for the shore striped bass division. Mr. Tompkins weighed in a 40.12 pound striper at 9:30 p.m.