Outdoors

A lure looks different above and below the surface of the water
Sam Doughty of Springs caught these nice-looking fluke south of Montauk.

A very sad scene
A pygmy sperm whale mother and calf washed ashore at Shagwong Beach west of Montauk Point last week. Turkey vultures were quick to find them. Victoria Bustamante Photos

It’s no coincidence that Ted Williams, arguably baseball’s greatest hitter, was also a gifted fly caster
Bob Johnson of Sag Harbor caught a 12.8-pound fluke off Shelter Island last week. Tight Lines Tackle

The groundhog, a.k.a. the woodchuck or whistlepig, is also called a marmot
Marmota monax, a.k.a. the woodchuck or groundhog, has a home range of less than a hundred yards or so. Durell Godfrey Photos

Every boat owner knows it’s not about the bucks
Boating is expensive, but a day on the water is priceless. David Kuperschmid

On Friday morning I heard my first Baltimore orioles
Baltimore orioles have arrived. Durell Godfrey

It looks like the species is back to stay
Bald eagles have returned to Long Island and have established nests at a number of spots on the East End. Terry Sullivan

Catch and release is a conservation practice in which after capture the fish is unhooked and released back into the water
Charles Anderle fished at the end of Gerard Drive in Springs this week. David Kuperschmid

Signs of advancing spring
Shads, like the Amelanchier Canadensis above, are in bloom now. Victoria Bustamante

The Rapala was invented in 1936 by Lauri Rapala, a Finnish fisherman
The Yozuri Hydro Popper, one of the columnist’s favorite lures. David Kuperschmid