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Big Fish Derby Cancelled

To protect public health and slow the transmission of COVID-19 we have decided to cancel the 2020 Big Fish Derby. Once we are updated on new procedures regarding COVID-19 we will reach out. If you have any questions please e-mail

POSTPONED_34th Annual Big Fish Derby now October 10, 2020

Join us for our 34th Annual Big Fish Derby which has been postponed to October 10, 2020! Visit our Big Fish Derby page for more information and registration information!

29th Annual Wheelchair Rock Cod Fishing Derby

We hope you can join us for the 29th Annual Wheelchair Rock Cod Derby October 5th, 2019. To sign up or learn more visit our Rock Cod Derby page!

32 Annual Wheelchair Big Fish Derby Date Announcement

The 32nd Annual Wheelchair Big Fish Derby will be held on May 18th, 2019! To learn more about the annual wheelchair Big Fish Derby, visit the Big Fish Derby page or download the flyer!

28th Annual Wheelchair Rock Cod Fishing Derby

The 28th Annual Rock Cod Wheelchair Derby  pre-registration and dinner is Friday October 26th, 2018 5pm-7pm.

Saturday October 27th, 2018 at 6:00AM check in will begin. Boat boarding passed for those who still need them will be handed out (coffee and donuts too!) Boats will load at 6:30am.

Saturday October 27th, 2018 the dinner will begin at 2pm-4pm, with the ceremony at 3pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:   Be sure to complete and return your registration form by the deadline, October 18, 2018 for all registered participants who were unable to get their boat boarding passes on Friday, they will be issued again on Saturday beginning promptly at 6:00 AM. Don’t miss the boat!!! Be there early!! And be ready for any kind of weather. We will provide a Dinner on Friday, continental breakfast, lunch on the boat and banquet on Saturday. All fishing tackle and bait will be provided. If you are inclined to seasickness (or don’t know if you are), take seasick pills at least two hours before you board your boat for the day. (We cannot dispense pills) There’s no turning back so if you have any other additional special needs, bring it with you. If you need any additional information, feel free to contact us! Good fishing!

For more information visit the Rock Cod Derby Page. 


2018 Wheelchair Big Fish Derby

The Monterey Bay Veterans will be putting on their 31st Annual Wheelchair Big Fish Derby May 12th, 2018.

We have some amazing sponsors:

Disabled American Veterans, Department of California Rehabilitation Foundation

AT &T Pebble Beach Charities

Monterey Peninsular Foundation

Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula

American Legion Post # 31, 694, 591, 594 Aux.

California Rodeo, Salinas

Pebble Beach Company


For more information, or to sign up visit our Wheelchair Big Fish Derby page.

Monterey Bay Veterans receives $4,500 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation!

The Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc has been awarded a $4,500.00 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to improve the lives of United States military personnel , veterans, and their families.

The grant will be used to support the Freedom Dive Program. Click here to learn more about the Freedom Dive Program.

Success for the 24th annual MBV cod derby

The Central Coast provided October warmth, calm seas, light winds and  very cooperative fish, making for another incredible fishing derby for our disabled veterans and wounded troops.

The annual event began with the traditional welcome dinner Friday night sponsored by the Marina American Legion.  Optimistic fishermen/ladies  then gathered early Saturday morning on the Coast Guard landing and piled aboard the sportfishing fleet for the outing on the Bay.   Broad smiles were the order of the day as the fisherman came ashore early with limits all around.  Participants and volunteers then gathered at the Seaside American Legion for the closing banquet and plenty of fish stories.

The annual salmon derby and rock cod derby are sponsored by the Department of California, Disabled American Veterans (DAV).   Monterey Bay Veterans thanks the DAV, our American Legion partners and the many volunteers that make these events possible.

Amazon Smile

There is now an easy way for you to donate in support Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV).  MBV  provides therapy services and open access for our disabled veterans, wounded troops and the ADA community in general at no charge.

If you shop, simply sign up for Amazon smile on line and select Monterey Bay Veterans as your donation target.  Every time you shop Amazon 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated back to help fund MBV services.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Over 300 Disabled Veterans Gear Up to Compete in 27th Annual Salmon Derby

MONTEREY, CA.,  – April 16, 2014 – Over 300 participants and 33 boats in Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco, will compete in the 27th Annual Salmon Derby on Saturday, April 26. Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes.
“This is a stress-free day,” says Jeanie O’Brien, medically discharged from the Army after injuries in Afghanistan landed her in a wheelchair. “When I was recovering in the hospital, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. My therapist hooked me up with the Monterey Bay Vets organization. I tried the Salmon and Rock Cod Derbys. They showed me there are lots of things I can still do. I connect with other Vets at these events that have been in my boots. This is a program I can utilize anytime, 365 days of the year. For those of us in wheelchairs, it gives us a whole other level of freedom”.
“We’ll do our best to find boats for every disabled person that wants to participate. That’s what we’ve done for 27 years,” says John Whitacre, Executive Director.
Veterans and all physically challenged members of the community are invited to participate in this free event. Applications are required prior to the event for fishing. Applications for boat owners able to support the event are also available. Participation is limited to available space on the boats. Applications are available
In Monterey, anglers will begin loading at 6 AM on Saturday, April 26, at Breakwater Cove Marina. An Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 41 in Monterey, that evening.
Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides recreational fishing, scuba dive programs, and transportation assistance for the disabled at major area events including Laguna Seca, Monterey Jazz Festival, California International Air Show, California Rodeo, AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament, First Tee Open and Concours d’Elegance. Funding through private and corporate donations, and grants, support these programs. To learn more go to: