Outdoors

Bass are still around
A snarl of dune grass, seaweed, logs, and plastic lined Ditch Plain in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Russell Drumm

It goes without saying that the shoreline suffered and was changed throughout
These Lazy Point vacation houses, already exposed by erosion, were left in a far more precarious position by Hurricane Sandy.

The veteran charter captain recently turned 80

This one is giving us a real scare

Once we had rain, we had runoff

With high winds and heavy surf, the action stayed close to shore over the weekend
Robert Van Velsor caught this 42.46-pound striped bass “by accident,” from Ditch Plain beach in Montauk on Friday. The big striper took a bucktail in knee-deep water. Mark Foschi

While fishing for false albacore in Fort Pond Bay in Montauk on Oct. 7, Edward L. Shugrue “heard a large blowing sound,” turned around, and snapped this photo of a whale he estimated to be about 60 feet long. Edward L. Shugrue


What goes around, comes around
Malcolm Frazier, a sculptor, completed this bronze boat and fisherman 13 years ago to memorialize local fishermen lost at sea. Its pedestal is engraved with over 100 names. The sculpture, erected seaward of the Montauk Point Lighthouse in October of 1999, got a thorough cleaning last week. Russell Drumm

In nature, October is a busy time
Fiddler crabs are cold-blooded. They don’t have to keep their body temperatures up, as long as they don’t let them drop below freezing. Thomas E. Mahnken Jr.