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  • Hostility between baymen and sportfishermen had been building up for close to 10 years, beginning in 1985, when striped bass were banned from the marketplace after fish spawned in the Hudson River were found to contain dangerous levels of P.C.B.s.
  •     The Montauk Coast Guard station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat rescued a man with a serious head injury sustained while sailing 22 miles southeast of Block Island on Tuesday morning. The injury occurred when the master of the 42-foot sailboat Barley Corn slipped on the deck.

  •     If you are fishing in Gardiner’s Bay and spot what looks like a brown cloud just beneath the surface with a few flashes of reflected light near the surface, chances are it’s a school of bunker.

  • Montauk residents take their claims to federal court
  •    They say mako sharks come and go according to the number of bluefish, their favorite dish, in the area. On Friday, the first day of the Star Island Yacht Club’s two-day shark tournament, 25 makos were caught.
        True to form there seems to be a bumper crop of bluefish of all sizes, always a plus for vacationing neophyte anglers. Last weekend, a visitor from Queens booked a room at Lenhart’s Cottages in Montauk. Lenhart’s on Old Montauk Highway is a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Regulations for surfing lessons, yoga instruction, and photo shoots on the beaches have not been spelled out but could be soon.
  •     A pair of ospreys that live high above the salt flats of Napeague State Park have been keeping a wary eye for about a week now on a loop of loose cable that swings only a few feet above their hatchlings.
        The fish hawks live midway up the 300-foot-tall Mackay Radio Tower, originally erected in 1927 to transmit messages to ships at sea.
        A section of heavy wire has fallen, a loop of it  catching up three or four feet above the osprey nest. When the wind blows, the loop swings, like a threatening pendulum.

  •    Leilani was blessed on Sunday. For over 20 years, I took photographs from the deck of the Montauk-based cutter Ridley, and the Point Wells before it, as the harbor’s fleet of fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, and a kayak or two, many of them well supplied with water balloons, paraded by during the annual blessing.

  •     He believes it could be the beginning of a big payback. “Nature’s vengeance. For all the tweety birds I shot with my BB gun, and all the fish, and all the ducks. I’m probably going to be stomped to death by webbed feet.”
        What’s prompted Harvey Bennett’s concerns was a run-in with a deer early in the morning last Thursday near Dev­on in Amagansett.

  • A near drowning that occurred Sunday in front of the Driftwood Motel on Napeague underscored what East Hampton Town lifeguards and ocean rescue volunteers say is a dangerous gap in their ability to protect the public.

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