We are excited to have a table at Shadfest tomorrow, Saturday April 23rd! Stop by to register for the Derby, or if you have registered online, to pick up your t-shirt, measuring tape, button, and rule sheet. We will be out there from 11am-6pm. The event is taking place at Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River. Look for the tall fishing rods and our banner! For more info on Shadfest, click here.
To get a sense of what the Philly Derby will be like this year, we recommend a fantastic book by a local author named David Kinney titled “The Big One.” The book chronicles the most famous of all striped bass derbies (well…until now!), the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass Derby. It has been taking place in the Fall of every year since 1946. The little island virtually shuts down for a month as people get swept up in derby fever. Men, women, and children, young and old, turn their focus towards one thing and one thing only: pursuit of the striped bass. They call out of sick from work, show up to school bleary eyed, and run errands with fishing rods sticking out of their car windows. Kinney gets into the thick of it, relaying the amazing catches, the ones that got away, and the great friends made out on the water. What will Derby Fever be like in Philly? I’m predicting seeing fishing rods on the Broad Street Line, too many late night Tastykakes, and plenty of awesome striper stories. More information on the book can be found here: www.davidkinney.net.
Sunday May 1st we are kicking off the Derby in style at one of Fishtown’s favorite watering holes, Johnny Brenda’s. Meet some of your fellow angling enthusiasts in a relaxed environment. Special food and spirits will be available, and pre-registrants will be able to pick up their official Derby measuring tape and Derby t-shirt. On-site registration will be available as well. Time TBA.
Can’t wait for the Striped Bass Derby to get your hook in the water? Check out the opening week of Shadfest on April 16th. Taking place at Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River, the Fishtown Fishing Derby starts at 8am and is followed by an Easter Egg Hunt at 10am. The fishing tournament is open to all licensed anglers with prizes for all who catch a fish. Special entries for kids who want to learn about fishing. This all ages event is a great way to kick off the third annual Shadfest! See you there!
THE OFFICIAL DERBY LOGO! Designed by our awesome friend Cecily of Anagram Studios, this logo is coming to t-shirts and buttons near you! Thanks Cecily, you rule!