The renowned fishing charter captain and member of the Wampanoag Tribe talks frankly about growing up fishing on the Island, his celebrity clients, shooting cormorants, and his tribal roots.
Last month Buddy talked about growing up on Martha’s Vineyard, Wampanoags, some of the celebrities he’s taken out bass fishing and the stories that unfolded on those trips. Among them were trips with Rolling Stone Keith Richards, actor Jim Belushi, Spike Lee, and others. Part I is on the Fishermen’s Voice website: fishermensvoice.com
William Diamond Vanderhoop Jr., universally known as Buddy, is the proprietor of Tomahawk Charters in Aquinnah and one of the more colorful members of the Wampanoag Tribe. We sat down last fall after the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby at his home on Old South Road in Aquinnah, which he built twenty-eight years ago and now shares with his wife of thirteen years, Lisa, and their dog, Amos. (Lisa, a photographer, is best known on the Island for her Vineyard Seadogs calendars.) Buddy, age fifty-eight, has three grown daughters: Heather Nicole, Amy, and Emily, who live out West.