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On the Water: A New Apprentice

My good friend Robert Cugini, who hails from Seattle, has served as a valued deckhand for many years when bay scallop season opens in early November. But lobsters are a different ballgame.

Jul 11, 2024
On the Water: Fish Aplenty, Egos Too

I know that the East End is a well-known hot spot. I realize that nothing stays the same, but I miss the more simple days when courtesy, respect, and kindness ruled the road and water. Is it too much to ask for today?

Jul 3, 2024
On the Water: Heat on the Water

The recent heat wave zapped my energy for getting on the Rock Water and wetting a fishing line. But I sucked it up and checked on my lobster traps anyway.

Jun 27, 2024
On the Water: A Tow Back Home

After a good catch of bluefish, I steered back to port in Sag Harbor, but my engine stalled out a few minutes later. Not good.

Jun 20, 2024
On the Water: Be Kind to Sharks (and Giant Crabs)

The D.E.C. has announced changes to recreational fishing regulations to improve management of protected shark species. Plus, a record blue-claw crab hits the counter at Tight Lines Tackle.

Jun 13, 2024
Georgica Flamingo Has Flown Onward

“It’s the first in a very long time” to visit New York State, “if not the first ever,” said Shai Mitra, an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, said of the American flamingo that visited Georgica Pond in East Hampton last week. The bird was last seen there Saturday at dusk.

Jun 6, 2024
On the Water: Help for Kelp

In local waters there has been a decrease of kelp, much of which was typically found from the east side of Gardiner’s Island all the way to Montauk. A new project looks to change this.

Jun 6, 2024
A Wild Night Out With the Horseshoe Crabs

It’s mating season for the horseshoe crab, and last week, a group monitoring the crab for the Cornell Cooperative Extension dropped in on an all-night orgy repeated along bay beaches for 400 million to 500 million years.

May 30, 2024
On the Water: Breakdowns Aplenty

Fishing-wise, things are much better than my 62-year-old body or my Jeep Wrangler’s transmission.

May 29, 2024
On the Water: Thar Be Blows!

Blowfish are one of the tastiest local fish in our warming waters as we jump from spring to summer. They are one of the cheapest fish at the markets, too.

May 22, 2024
On the Water: I Was Robbed

I was supposed to take my boat to check my lobster traps. It had been about 10 days. I also planned to do some diamond jigging for striped bass in Plum Gut. None of it happened.

May 16, 2024
On the Water: Spring Has Sprung

The striped bass showed up en masse for their annual residency off Montauk on May 1. It was a true sign that spring had sprung for those who wet a line for the highly prized linesiders.

May 9, 2024