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On the Water: The Land Route to Orient

On the fishing front, the gusty winds have made it a challenge for many anglers, whether fishing from boat or shore. So The Star's fishing columnist took his motorcycle for a ride to the North Fork, where he got the fishing report from the boats tying up at the Orient by the Sea Marina.

Sep 25, 2020
Single-Handed Sailor Drops Anchor in Montauk

Dustin Reynolds has traversed much of the world alone in his 1983 Bristol 35.5c sailboat and arrived in Montauk for the first time on Friday. To say he has made the journey single-handedly is at once literal and figurative. Mr. Reynolds lost his left arm and his left foot in a 2008 motorcycle accident, caused by a drunken driver, that nearly claimed his life.

Sep 24, 2020
On the Water: It Was a Mad Summer

At times, the local waters this summer looked more like Cannes or Monte Carlo, with yachts that are seemingly larger than ever and more elaborate. David Geffen’s ship, which anchored up in Gardiner’s Bay back in July, was 450 feet long. 

Sep 17, 2020
On the Water: A Maestro With a Fly

Capt. Paul Dixon, a fly-fishing guide with To the Point Charters of East Hampton, is a pioneer in this specialty fishing locally and thanks to his advocacy helpint to preserve the stocks of striped bass and other fish, was recently named to receive the 2021 Izaak Walton Award from the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

Sep 10, 2020
On the Water: 'A Rebirth of Hope'

It’s impossible to ignore. Labor Day is upon us. While still technically summer, it’s less than three weeks until fall formally arrives. The early essence of our next season can already be felt in the cooler mornings and more deeply slanted rays of sunshine in the afternoon. Much like a book, the page is being turned.

Sep 3, 2020
In Busy Season on Water, Trustee Pump-Out Boats Maxed Out

At their meeting on Monday, the East Hampton Town Trustees discussed a surge in boating activity this year, which they agreed is a consequence of the pandemic. That, they said, means that the two pump-out boats the trustees own and operate are in particularly heavy use this year, especially the one based at the Star Island municipal marina in Lake Montauk. The other boat serves Three Mile Harbor.

Aug 27, 2020
On the Water: The Hits Keep Coming

Cownose rays? Sounds like a fictional Hollywood B-movie monster manufactured in the mind of a very creative screenwriter. But the reality is that these large-winged creatures, like many people, have found the Hamptons to be quite pleasurable during the summer months.

Aug 27, 2020
Recasting Sharks as Saviors of the Seas

Several East End scientists are working to dispel the persistent public perception of white sharks, which prevents understanding their importance in the ocean, and their increasing vulnerability.

Aug 27, 2020
On the Water: Bunker Gain the Respect They Deserve

Like blue-claw crabs, for several years now Menhaden's inshore presence has been abundant. It's been a welcome sight. While their population has exploded on a local level, efforts have been ongoing for several decades to help protect their stocks on a regional level. The menhaden board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided to finally adopt "ecological reference points" for their management.

Aug 20, 2020
On the Water: Lobsters on the Shed

Tropical Storm Isaias's winds brought about some anxiety as to how my lobster traps were surviving. Being that they were positioned on open bottomland, they were also not protected by any lee of the land.

Aug 13, 2020
Yes, You Would Need a Bigger Boat

In today's social media-charged environment where news, fake or not, makes instantaneous headlines, the word that various species of sharks have been seen offshore here should hardly come as a surprise.

Aug 6, 2020
Heavy Rain and Wind Expected as Isaias Reaches the Northeast

The East End of Long Island will be spared the worst of Tropical Storm Isaias. According to the National Hurricane Center, its path is expected to remain well to the west of New York City on Tuesday, passing over Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J.

Aug 3, 2020