Leo Cooper of Stamford, Connecticut, invented the Goo-Goo Eyes plug in the late 1950s to bewitch big striped bass. It worked. On the night of June 16, 1967, Charlie Cinto caught the Massachusetts state record seventy-three-pound striped bass while trolling a blue and white Goo-Goo Eyes Big Daddy at Cuttyhunk with Captain Frank Sabatowski. Charlie recently told me that the way they fished was to back down to a rip, keep the boat in position, and let the plug go back into the strike zone on wire line. “Then hold on! I remember every nerve in my body would be ready.

Kib Bramhall

Since ancient times, maritime signal flags have been hoisted to transmit information between ships at sea.

Circumnavigating Martha’s Vineyard in a day.

Dana Gaines

Someone knew somebody with a boat, and fishing gear wasn’t a problem: In every home on the Vineyard, there’s a closet by the stairs that smells of wet dog and holds tackle, boots, and old copies of The New Yorker.

Brian Cullman

Photographer and fisherman Ben McCormick turns his lens on a surreal watery world.

Nicole Grace Mercier

The Vineyard isn’t alone when it comes to dealing with issues of erosion, sea level rise, and the perils of living so close to the ocean.

Peter Brannen

For ten years, Scott DiBiaso has been the captain of Juno, a sixty-five-foot schooner owned by Robert and Melissa Soros and built by Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway in Vineyard Haven.

Jim Miller

If you ask Todd Alexander what it’s like being the Oak Bluffs harbor master, he’ll give you a simple answer: “It’s like being an air traffic controller.”

Geoff Currier

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