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This picture of Craig Cantelmo releasing a keeper bass by the Montauk bluffs won the photographer, Bill Jakobs, $200 in tackle as part of the Montauk SurfMaster’s Van Staal Catch and Release photo contest. Bill Jakobs

Paul Stoutenburgh was the first nature columnist on Long Island

Gusts reached over 60 miles per hour on Sunday morning causing the sloop Commocean to break her mooring and wash up on South Lake Beach in Montauk
The Commocean was washed up on South Lake Beach in Montauk, a victim of the weekend’s high winds.

“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