When he ventured forth with a bag of live eels on Saturday night, John Bruno led the Montauk SurfMasters surfcasting tournament in the wetsuit division. The fish that had put him at the top of the heap a few weeks earlier weighed 49.30.
The fish he weighed in at Paulie’s Tackle shop early Sunday morning caused the scale to groan out the number 50.82. It was Bruno’s first striped bass over 50 pounds.
Elias Van Sickle, a junior at East Hampton High School, and Julian Verglas, a junior high school student in New York City, kite-surfed from Montauk to Block Island on Sunday to raise money for and awareness of the East Hampton Ocean Rescue Squad, a volunteer group.
The crossing took one hour and 45 minutes in winds that averaged 30 miles an hour with 36-miles-an-hour gusts. The feat raised $3,000 for the rescue squad.