Outdoors

Eyes see what they want to see when falsie fever spreads around the East End
A false albacore aboard Capt. Brendan McCarthy's fly-fishing charter boat in a photo taken during a previous season. Reports of falsies in local waters this year are premature, The Star's fishing columnist says. Brendan McCarthy | urbanflyguides.com

If we just stick to those islands included in New York State’s territorial boundary we have nine of them, not counting those that are part of New York City
The Long Island archipelago includes, from west to east, the smaller Robin’s Island, Shelter Island, Plum Island, Gardiner’s Island, Big and Little Gull Islands, Fishers Island, North and South Dumpling Islands, and Wicopesset Island (not pictured). Durell Godfrey

Never tried snapper fishing? Tsk, tsk.
Eleven-year-old Ellis Whiteson from New York City caught a 20-pound striped bass on a bunker chunk while fishing from the beach at the Sea Crest Resort on the Napeague stretch. Jonathan Whiteson
Ed Letsch caught a 4.4-pound smooth puffer, typically found closer to Bermuda, while fishing for sea bass in the north rips off Montauk Point. Parts of the smooth puffer contain dangerous neurotoxins, which can kill humans if consumed. Gone Fishing Marina

Fifty years ago, one would never raze a house to build another one unless it was severely storm damaged or ravaged by fire

Using a drone rather than a surf rod to deliver a baited hook
Capt. Tom Federico, right, hauled in this striper by Great Eastern Rock on Aug. 9 fishing aboard his boat, the Surfmaster. It was 46 inches long and weighed between 35 and 40 pounds.
Patty Sales with a Three Mile Harbor bottlefish, caught on Tuesday.

Russell Drumm surfing. Dalton Portella

Things were a little different at the dawn of surf fishing in Montauk
John Ciullo caught this hefty 47-pound striped bass off Montauk Point. Sam Doughty

Montauk is growing up in more ways than one
Following the recent clearing of some 20 acres in the Montauk moorlands, what remains are white oaks, black oaks, and black cherries. The question is: What will grow back in the cleared area? Larry Penny

You think an experienced fisherman like me could accidentally hook himself . . .
Robbie Downing, 15, caught a rare black drum at Hither Hills State Park. Rich Downing

In August the insects hold sway
Praying mantises have eyes that can move independently to look at two objects at once. Durell Godfrey