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On the Water: So Many Fish on the Menu

We are getting close to August and it's clear that the fishing scene has shifted into full summer mode. The summer menu of fish includes everything from wahoo to swordfish, codfish to red hake, as well as dozens of other fish in between.

Jul 22, 2021
On the Water: Poached Lobster

Last week, I was mugged. Someone pulled my lobster traps, whatever lobsters they may have contained, and three dozen oysters I had placed in the traps and left the rope tangled in knots. "Some people really suck," said my companion, who helps me on deck.

Jul 15, 2021
Tropical Storm Elsa Headed Our Way

The South Fork is forecast to experience the worst of Tropical Storm Elsa’s gusty winds, heavy rain, tidal flooding, and rough surf between 6 a.m. and noon on Friday. Elsa, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday, is expected to move through Mid-Atlantic states and into New England through Friday.

Jul 8, 2021
On the Water: The Oyster and Scallop Whisperer

Kim Tetrault, the longtime chief oyster guru at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Center in Southold, tends oysters hatched in late March and scallops still too tiny to be seen without a microscope.

Jul 8, 2021
On the Water: Dockside Pulse Quickens

Walking along the weathered docks of Montauk Harbor on Saturday morning, it was nice to see that a great many boats, both of a commercial and charter/open craft nature, were out to sea on a warm, breezy day. Fishing is a tough business in good times, but it was an even greater challenge during the pandemic to secure much-needed income. Thankfully, that seems to have changed.

Jun 24, 2021
On the Water: A Modern Day Ahab?

The lead character playing the part of Ahab these days is a commercial lobster diver from Provincetown, Mass., named Michael Packard, and in this updated adventure on the high seas, Packard, while diving near his hometown last week, said he was inhaled by a whale.

Jun 16, 2021
On the Water: After the Storm

The three-day Memorial Day weekend northeaster that brought about rough seas and winds up to 40 miles per hour was nasty on many fronts. 

Jun 10, 2021
On the Water: A Holiday Washout

Strong northeast winds, combined with a cold rain, that started on Friday and unfortunately hung on until Memorial Day on Monday meant the weekend was a washout for those looking to wet a line, but the action should improve in the coming days.

Jun 3, 2021
On the Water: Spotlight on Safe Boating

Just as there are rules of the road, there are rules of the waterways, and National Boating Safety Week this week is a good time to remember that.

May 26, 2021
On the Water: Beware the Blues

When dealing with bluefish, especially the larger specimens that have shown up en masse in our local waters in the past two weeks, it's important to avoid their powerful jaws that are equipped by the blessing of nature with razor-sharp teeth.

May 20, 2021
On the Water: Coasties on Board

It was a bit of a surprise that I was stopped on the water last Tuesday morning by the Coast Guard for a safety inspection, but it felt good to know they had checked to see that I had all I need to be safe on the water. 

May 13, 2021
On the Water: Overseas Fish Tales

Before taking early retirement a few years ago, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively in my job. When time allowed, especially on weekends, I often tried to visit any nearby tackle shops or fish markets to better understand and appreciate the wares and tastes of the locals.

May 6, 2021