With the Derby in full swing, the pattern of a potentially tournament winning fish coming on the first day of competition, in this case an 18.49-pound bluefish caught by Vineyard resident William Kadison, who is no stranger to the Derby leaderboard.
I recommended to Phil Stanton that he visit the waters around Oak Bluffs on Tuesday as he was looking for some bonito and sure enough he and his crew managed a couple, one on a Deadly Dick and another on a Yo-zuri Crystal Minnow. So far, on four of the five days of the Derby all of the top four spots have been filled in the all-tackle shore and boat divisions, with the only exception in the all-tackle boat category being today, perhaps a result of the pea soup fog that enveloped the island.
The leading bonito overall is an 8.13-pound boat fly rod fish.
So far, the biggest bass has been in the shore category, a fish just shy of 30-pounds, with the largest boat fish only 24+-pounds so far.