Outdoors

Harry Lagarenne took honors in the East Hampton Town Trustees' Largest Clam Contest for Napeague Harbor with a 2-pound, .9-ounce monster, and also won for the largest clam over all. Durell Godfrey
Jim Lubetkin's traditional Bonac chowder was deemed the day's finest. Durell Godfrey
Judges of the Largest Clam Contest -- Bill Taylor and Francis Bock in back and Joe LaCarrubba and James DiSunno in front -- weighed one of the contestants.Durell Godfrey
Tim Bock and Brian Byrnes ladled out Fred Overton's famous Bonac chowder, served every year at the event to much praise.Durell Godfrey
Joan Brill enjoyed a bowl of Mr. Overton's famous chowder. Durell Godfrey
Clint Bennett, center, dug the largest clams from Lake Montauk (1 pound, 7.2 ounces) and Three Mile Harbor (1 pound, 7.8 ounces).Durell Godfrey
As a long line of people waited for free clams on the half shell, Harry Lagarenne, Jim Lagarenne, and Paul Roman shucked and shucked and shucked.Durell Godfrey

The current world-record 81.88-pound striped bass was caught by Greg Myerson on Aug. 4, 2011
Ten-year-old Thea Morse caught her first false albacore, an eight-pounder, at the Shinnecock Inlet on Sept. 20. Ken Morse

Paddleboard business comes under scrutiny

Monarchs have a special protection that most butterflies lack
Two monarch butterfly larvae fed on milkweed in a Sag Harbor yard. Jean Held

Commercial fishing to be banned in zone

Hard work and simple pleasures got us through each day enthusiastically and with a smile
Once upon a time on the East End, invasives like this giant hogweed on Audubon Avenue in Bridgehampton were few and far between. Larry Penny

The bald eagle is no longer endangered and is again spreading its wings in every state, with the exception of Hawaii

Living the Dream
Jim Reynolds caught his first false albacore on a fly rod while fishing with Capt. Ken Rafferty. Capt. Ken Rafferty

Sebastian Gorgone at Mrs. Sam’s Bait and Tackle in East Hampton told me that Gulp! has been flying off the shelf and that some local old salts are enthusiastic recent converts
Bennett Burki, 10, caught a 35-pound striped bass off Montauk Point.
Nick Zuccitti posed with bull dolphin snagged at Butterfish Hole. Harvey Bennett

Being in the field in Montauk in September of any year is an invitation to mayhem
Durell Godfrey