Lake Montauk is full of beautiful moon jellyfish, transparent disks of about five inches in diameter. Four pinkish rings are visible within the transparent bell of Aurelia aurita. The jellies do not swim, beyond flexing their bells to produce an upward thrust. Mostly, they are carried by the tide.
It could be squid were the reason a large number of dolphin were seen cruising around Fort Pond Bay in Montauk over the weekend. Squid made a good showing in Gardiner’s Bay to the west, too.
Big bluefish, which have not made their usual presence in Gardiner’s Bay so far this season, have finally shown up off the Three Mile Harbor jetties. Again, they may have chased the squid in.
This is a good time to confront fishermen’s fear of bananas, that is, the reason they are never brought aboard a boat, any boat, but especially a fishing boat if you want to catch fish.
Harvey Bennett of the Tackle Shop in Amagansett always heard the myth but paid it little mind, until one day while on Gardiner’s Bay with a friend after false albacore.