Outdoors

“Why do they call it Otter Pond if there are no otters there?

If there’s one place in the world with characters, it’s Montauk
The bunker are here, and the big fish — and bent rods — follow. Russell Drumm

We are surrounded by symmetry

“I’ll get to it.”
A wall of lobster pots spells the end of a season.
A fly fisherman battled the wind on Tuesday morning at Montauk’s Ditch Plain. Russell Drumm Photos

The hydrography of the area immediately to the east of Sag Harbor is quite interesting

Bob Howard, a retired New York City police detective, came up with a striped bass weighing 39 pounds, and measuring 46 inches
Bob Howard reeled in a 46-inch striped bass weighing 39 pounds early Tuesday, putting him in first place in the Montauk SurfMasters tournament’s wader division.
Schools of bass and bluefish moved between the small boats and the line of surfcasters on the tide. Russell Drumm

Our septic waters and runoff washes are befouling the inshore waters at an ever-increasing rate
Lake Montauk, opened to Block Island Sound in the mid-1920s, is more and more polluted from runoff and septic sources with each passing year. Durell Godfrey

An encampment of migratory surfcasters, hardcore fishermen and women hoping to sync up with the fall run of striped bass
Pat Wetzel, kneeling, Chris Miller, and Mike Tierney caught this 256-pound swordfish aboard the Sea Spearit in the Fishtails section of Block Canyon on Monday morning. Brendan McCarthy

Important refugia of times past
Durell Godfrey

Cold water sharks
Capt. Burt Prince and his mate, Gary Starkweather, caught a porbeagle shark, said to be as tasty as a mako, while fishing off Montauk.