Outdoors

Wayne knew where the clams were and why. He knew where the bass were and why
Ernie Baltz, visiting from Canada, went fishing with Ken Rafferty, a light-tackle and fly-fishing guide, on June 26 and caught this 20-pound striper near Little Gull Island on his first cast. Ken Rafferty

There are more than 2,000 sedge species worldwide, all in the genus Carex
The South Fork may have more species of sedge than any other part of Long Island or the state, including the Carex intumescens, or greater bladder sedge. Victoria Bustamante

It is not unusual for the hardcore to cast for five, six, even eight hours at a stretch
Inspired by the work of Mike Coppola and John Bruno, Bill Jakob fished through the night on Saturday and came up with this 48.7-pound striper to top the leader board in the Montauk SurfMasters spring tournament. Paul Apostolides

A favorite view is a very personal thing
A snapping turtle laid her eggs in a safe spot at East Hampton’s Nature Trail last week. Dell Cullum

It will be interesting to see if the no-kill Shark’s Eye tournament will generate excitement enough to replace the big-money, cirque du sang
Lawrence Byrne and family caught this 369-pound mako during the Star Island Yacht Club tournament, the biggest catch of the day, but their boat, Pilar, reached the inlet 15 minutes too late to make them winners on Saturday afternoon. Star Island Yacht Club

Bird song is older than human song and in many respects is as tuneful and melodic as human song

Fishing will come first, for the most part, but the column will also include news and tales from surfers, sailors, divers, and all manner of water addicts
Ben McCarron, a Montauk surfcaster, caught this impressive 44.7-pound striped bass under the Montauk Lighthouse on Saturday. Paul Apostolides

The whippoorwill is one of seven members of the goatsucker family

How does one smell fish that are swimming, you might ask
Fishermen in Montauk’s Fort Pond Bay checked their traps. Squid, among the species usually found in traps in early June, has been relatively absent from local waters this spring. Russell Drumm

In 1923 there were only a handful of invasive plants in Montauk, but things have changed dramatically