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  •    This can be an eerie time of year. Despite the 80-degree ocean temperature, or maybe because of it, we feel fall just under the horizon. One contributor to the pre-fall feeling is the false albacore, or little tunny. Each year schools of falsies arrive like clockwork, drawing light-tackle anglers to the East End.
        Capt. Ken Rafferty, who runs a light-tackle and fly-fishing guide service out of Three Mile Harbor and, come fall, Montauk, reported that his first albie catch of the season occurred on Monday.

  •    Technically, we’re past the dog days of summer (based on the “dog star” Sirius’s proximity to the sun), but since Saturday’s heavy rain the weather has felt doggish and dogfish have been caught from the beach in downtown Montauk.

  • The film “Kook Paradise” started as an inside joke between two veteran surfers who live, surf, and dodge the crowds at Ditch Plain in Montauk.
  • Late Tuesday afternoon, a lifeguard at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk was knocked from his surfboard close to shore by a shark estimated to have been between five and six feet long.
  •     If you’ve been in the ocean lately you know it’s hurricane warm, high 70s, a bit frightening for anyone who’s been around these parts for any length of time. It also means the Gulf Stream is making its presence known.

  • Rian White responded to an East Hampton Town citation about peeling paint on his house by inviting passers-by to help decorate it in whatever fashion moves them.
  • The few oceanfront homeowners in one of Montauk’s most exclusive neighborhoods say the work of art has ruined the dramatic panorama that stretches down the hoodoo-sculpted bluffs out onto the Atlantic Ocean to the horizon
  •     Thirty-three boats brought 13 mako sharks — the largest a 148-pounder — to the scales at the 20th annual mako shark tournament held from the Star Island Yacht Club over the weekend, but it’s the number of large sharks being caught and seen relatively close to shore that has folks wondering.

  • The East Hampton Town Trustees keep saying, regulations that protect the beaches and bottomlands, which they own and manage on behalf of the public, are not being enforced.
  •     The county-funded scallop restoration project now in its eighth year has been successful at beginning to bring the East End scallop population to the robust density seen before the mid-1980s.
        This year, those monitoring scallops within the greater Peconic Estuary are seeing a dramatic increase in the population. They are seeing vast sets of bug (juvenile) scallops, and adult scallops in numbers that rival pre-brown tide populations in some places.

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