Outdoors

The fish local Indians called squeteague, and later dubbed tide runners, sea trout, or weakfish, have arrived right on their ancient schedule
Peter Spacek caught this nine-pound fluke from his kayak off Ditch Plain in Montauk. Peter Spacek

March’s dull and dreary landscape is behind us

I have a theory about why the rats, as small stripers are known, school at this particular spot each spring
Surfcasters worked the broken jetty at Ditch Plain for striped bass on Monday morning as a dragger towed for fluke offshore. Russell Drumm

A palatable cadaver
A turkey vulture, eyes on a deer carcass, circled low over the Culloden Preserve in Montauk. Victoria Bustamante

The recreational shark fishery pioneered by Capt. Frank Mundus starting in the late 1950s exploded after the release of the movie “Jaws” in 1975
Mickey Russo of East Moriches traveled to Montauk’s Fort Pond on Tuesday morning and was rewarded with bright sunshine and a walleye. Russell Drumm

Back to the future

The wildlife refuge is one of the most popular in the tri-state area

A better-than-expected fluke season due to open on Wednesday
The Lazy Bones party boat splashed into Montauk Harbor this week and is ready for the start of fluke season on Wednesday. Russell Drumm

The migrant birds are returning from the south and even earlier
It takes a lot of sitting, and a lot of fish, to successfully raise osprey chicks, but an experienced pair of osprey can carry it off. Victoria Bustamante