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  • Last week, other than taking my boat out at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday to for a quick check on my lobster traps (yes, I did capture enough for a dinner or two), I did not pick up a fishing rod. The reason was pretty simple, as I was hanging around the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
  • A few weeks ago, I penned a story about two different types of boaters. The premise was that you either preferred to cruise under power or chose the quietness that a sailboat provides. With a few exceptions, it’s pretty black and white on this matter.
  • The 118th U.S. Open tees off today at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton. By Sunday evening, the iconic course will have held the prestigious event five times in three centuries — in 1896, 1986, 1995, 2004, and 2018.
  • After several years of preparation, the iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton is ready to play host to the world’s best golfers next week at the 118th U.S. Open. Practice rounds begin Monday morning; the tournament is to begin next Thursday.
  • The next time you fill up your boat with fuel, you may want to have an extra credit card handy. Like the steadily increasing price on land, the cost to top off your tank at your local fuel dock has probably made you flinch.
  • For as long as I can remember, a strong tradition has surrounded the Memorial Day weekend in my family. It’s a pretty basic one actually: You had to put on your finest swim trunks and go for a swim (usually a very brief one) in the still chilly waters.
  • Striped bass anglers are a bit different from most. They are by nature a rather secretive group. Whether from boat or shore, many are very protective of their favorite fishing haunts. Quite a few also refuse to reveal what they caught and what lures were used successfully on their most recent outings.
  • Jon Diat took advantage of a golden opportunity Monday to pose with the U.S. Open’s silver cup.
  • Bob Bubka, radio’s “Voice of Golf,” who lives now in Houston, traced his eventful career to two fortuitous breaks that occurred about 50 years ago.
  • The sad saga surrounding the black sea bass season continues to frustrate anglers. At an Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council meeting last week in Stony Brook, the group voted to adopt last year’s inequitable black sea bass quota for this upcoming season, which cuts New York’s black sea bass allocation compared to neighboring states, even though the black sea bass stock has rebounded and is currently 240 percent above target biomass.