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On the Water: The Striper's the Star

Because striped bass are so popular and so heavily pursued, the stocks of the linesider have gone through some rather severe ups and downs over the past few decades. Most seem to agree that the current fishery is in a rather precarious position, but efforts to help conserve stripers are extensive.

Jul 15, 2020
On the Water: Big Guy, Small Kayak

I’m a very tall guy with Sasquatch-like size-16 feet. It does not take a mathematician or physicist to conclude that this does not equate to safely entering, exiting, or just remaining stable when paddling around my nearby back bays, estuaries, and coves. Science has proved that it’s impossible to stuff 10 pounds of potatoes into a five-pound bag.

Jul 9, 2020
A Lucky (Osprey) Chick Survives a Great Fall

A North Haven osprey nest was the scene of a dramatic rescue last week after part of it collapsed, dashing two chicks to the ground.

Jul 9, 2020
On the Water: Will Travel for Oysters

It was an excursion I was looking forward to. Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, other than checking on my lobster traps and doing a bit of fishing on my boat, I have not ventured far from home. I’ve been playing it safe.

Jul 2, 2020
Tony Caramanico, Surf Hall of Famer, Still Catching Waves

Tony Caramanico of Montauk was recently inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame for "having made the most significant contributions to the sport, thereby preserving their historical significance and the sport's cultural lore for future generations." He was one of 10 singled out for this honor from a list of 200.

Jun 25, 2020
It's Time for a Free Fishing Weekend

The weekend of June 27 and 28 is "free fishing weekend" in New York, when all residents are encouraged by the State Department of Environmental Conservation to try their hand at some local fishing. This is the second of six free fishing events in the year.

Jun 25, 2020
On the Water: Off the Hook!

Many businesses have struggled to survive during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown, but one niche industry is witnessing solid sales. Bait and tackle shops around Long Island have seen a significant uptick in business as more people take up fishing as a social distancing pastime.

Jun 25, 2020
On the Water: Killer Seaweed?! What's Next?

As if we didn't have enough to be concerned about these days, Mother Nature has been in a rather ornery mood of late. I'm not sure what's ticked her off, but her unpredictable exploits have left a mark in many parts of the world, including our area.

Jun 18, 2020
Virtual Tour of the Summer Night Sky

The Accabonac Protection Committee and the Hamptons Observatory will host a virtual sky-watching event on Monday evening.

Jun 12, 2020
On the Water: In the Mood for Love

They have been around for a very long time. Well before even dinosaurs roamed and roared about the planet.

Jun 11, 2020
A Cure for the Pandemic Blues

On the morning of May 27 a heavy sigh of relief was palpable along the well-worn docks of Montauk Harbor. Despite a dense blanket of fog that blended into the placid, dark water, there was a buzz and banter that had not been heard for many months.

Jun 4, 2020
On the Water: Charter Boat Captains Ready for Business

Charter and party boat captains, eager to get back to their livehoold and get clients back on the water, finally got the chance to do so this week.

May 29, 2020