Outdoors

On the South Fork it would seem that the stars get dimmer and dimmer with each passing year

Our bay scallops, which many chefs and gourmets cherish as the most succulent and the sweetest in the world, are a commodity that can fluctuate wildly
Scallops that were too small for harvesting last season are getting ready to spawn in our local waters. Jon M. Diat
Spawning carp were active in East Hampton’s Hook Pond last week, as the water level and temperature reached points to their liking. David E. Rattray, editor of The East Hampton Star, netted one from among the reeds near the Main Beach parking lot on Friday. Russell Bennett

John Lombardo of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., landed this nine-pound fluke on the Lazybones on Sunday morning. It was, by all accounts, the largest fluke landed so far this season out of Montauk. Jon M. Diat

“Well, if you are going to have two very noisy areas in an otherwise quiet hamlet, you might as well locate them next to each other.”
Wild blue lupine bloomed last week amid debris dumped off Town Line Road in Wainscott, not far from the East Hampton Airport. Larry Penny

Sunday night was eerily quiet

After pulling up a large chowder clam that had clamped onto his hook, Ray Sperling culled a 21-inch keeper fluke in Southold Bay. Jon M. Diat
It was a big one, but not the fluke Ray Sperling was after; instead a chowder clam took the hook and bait and refused to let it go. Closer inspection revealed a rusted porgy hook and rig also lodged deep inside the hungry quahog. Jon M. Diat

State regulators at the Department of Environmental Conservation had no choice other than to slash the previous year’s fluke rules
Small striped bass have appeared in Three Mile Harbor.

It was the first pro tournament for Tandon
Mohamed Nabil, S.Y.S.’s resident squash pro, was flanked by the $5,000 pro tournament’s winner, Ramit Tandon, and the runner-up, Kush Kumar, following Sunday’s final. Jack Graves

Nocturnal birds are mostly brown and dull-colored when compared to day birds
While the color of a flamingo’s feathers is influenced by what it eats, an indigo bunting’s color is the result of blue light refracting and reflecting off its feathers. Terry Sullivan

A solid run of very, very small but hungry bass have hit the ocean beaches
Two fishermen took a pause from casting to talk at Gerard Point on Monday evening. Reports were that big bluefish have been landed there and at other bay beaches since Saturday. David E. Rattray