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  •     Boaters should take care. Logs and other debris washed into the sea from flooded rivers during Tropical Storm Irene continue to haunt local waters and are virtually invisible in any kind of choppy conditions.
        Sailing on Sunday from Fort Pond Bay in Montauk to Eastern Plains Point on the east side of Gardiner’s Island, our sailboat, moving at about seven knots, nearly struck a log as long as a telephone pole. It could have un-pintled the rudder. Damage to a faster-moving power boat would have been far worse.

  • Much sand gone, but Irene’s direct blow from the south was a blessing.
  • Ditch Plain lost most of its remaining dunes, but the vulnerable “motel row” in Montauk’s downtown business district was spared even though the storm surge entered through the road ends.
  •     Tests conducted twice last week at the south end of Lake Montauk by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services revealed a brief but heavy influx of enterococcus bacteria following heavy rain, but an almost total absence of the potentially harmful pollutant two days later.

  •     By all accounts the blue-claw crab population is bursting at Georgica Pond’s scenic seams. According to one crabber, chicken-neck bait is hardly necessary. A slow walk in the shallows with an occasional stop will bring blue crabs to your feet. Best not to linger too long. Or, have a scoop net handy.

  • If estimates of Irene’s strength and direction hold up, the biggest danger will be on Sunday morning when the height of the storm coincides with one of the highest tides of the month.
  • Sailor en route from Massachusetts to Brooklyn in a 13-foot-long Sunfish more commonly used for short day trips.
  • Health Department looks for contaminants by popular Lake Montauk beach at Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinsons request.
  •     It’s the time of year for bamboo poles, buckets, and spearing bait. Snapper bluefish are swarming around local docks in profusion.
        Anglers may dismiss them, but we owe a lot to bluefish. They are the species that, in these parts anyway, hook sportfishermen when they and their quarry are the age of Huck and Tom, even younger. It’s a good time to teach kids about conservation. Only 10 snappers can be taken if they measure less than 12 inches. 

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