Once we had rain, we had runoff

With high winds and heavy surf, the action stayed close to shore over the weekend
Robert Van Velsor caught this 42.46-pound striped bass “by accident,” from Ditch Plain beach in Montauk on Friday. The big striper took a bucktail in knee-deep water. Mark Foschi

While fishing for false albacore in Fort Pond Bay in Montauk on Oct. 7, Edward L. Shugrue “heard a large blowing sound,” turned around, and snapped this photo of a whale he estimated to be about 60 feet long. Edward L. Shugrue

What goes around, comes around
Malcolm Frazier, a sculptor, completed this bronze boat and fisherman 13 years ago to memorialize local fishermen lost at sea. Its pedestal is engraved with over 100 names. The sculpture, erected seaward of the Montauk Point Lighthouse in October of 1999, got a thorough cleaning last week. Russell Drumm

In nature, October is a busy time
Fiddler crabs are cold-blooded. They don’t have to keep their body temperatures up, as long as they don’t let them drop below freezing. Thomas E. Mahnken Jr.

This is the time of year when serious surfcasters get serious
To prove what’s possible around Montauk Point these days, Edward L. Shugrue III visited it with a guide, Ken Rafferty. This false albacore was caught on his fly rod. Ken Rafferty

The tide is coming in

Striped bass were being caught with regularity
Martin Fischer donned his wetsuit Monday morning after he and his wife, Danielle, made their annual pilgrimage from Amityville to Montauk Point in the camper for the fall striped bass run. Russell Drumm

Motion in all directions
Monarch butterflies are in the midst of their fall migration, which will culminate in the mountains of central Mexico. Durell Godfrey