The disconcerting sound of spinning tires
Bob Wilder caught this false albacore last Thursday in Gardiner’s Bay. Capt. Merritt White

Yes, pine bark beetles, or pine borers as we know them, that are now destroying acre after acre of pitch pines on Long Island are doing the same thing to the ponderosa pines and other native and cultivated pines in Nevada City

Fishing during these conditions can be dangerous and painful
Ben McCharron landed a 55.14-pound bass under the Lighthouse on the evening of Oct. 4 to lead the Montauk SurfMasters tournament’s waders division.

One could say that we were given dominion over the Earth because we see colors
A green oleander hawk-moth paid a visit last week to the East Hampton Library. Durell Godfrey

Long Island owes most of its origin and features to the Wisconsin glaciation
The large rocks deposited in this area when it was formed by a glacier some 25,000 years ago fall out of the Montauk bluffs as they recede, ending up on the beach and, as sea level rises, in the water. Durell Godfrey

One sure way to send a small light lure a long distance is to utilize a casting egg
Weather put a damper on fishing last week, but Dr. Arthur Boshnack still managed to snag a decent-size striper from Gardiner’s Bay. Capt. Merritt White

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