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Rudy Bonicelli, first mate on the Montauk charter boat Oh Brother!, helped Timmy McKenna release a striped bass they had just caught. Rust Tide Returns

It was bound to happen. Overwarm water temperatures this summer, backed by the unpredictability of Mother Nature and other factors, has resulted in an outbreak of a nitrogen-fueled rust tide in a number of locales, including parts of Three Mile Harbor, Noyac Bay, and Little Peconic Bay. The bloom has also been widely seen in other waterways on both the North and South Shores of Long Island in recent weeks.

Sep 6, 2018
Nature Notes: The Pits

Every resident of Southampton Town knows about the notorious sandpit with the euphonious name Sand Land situated at the end of Middle Line Highway next to Golf at the Bridge in Noyac.

Sep 13, 2018
Cormorants and gulls are among the birds that perch on the poles and nets of a long-established pound trap off Long Beach in Noyac. Nature Notes: No Way Out

September is not only back-to-school month, it is also the end-of-harvest month and fish-after-fish month. It is the time of the great migration: birds, fish, whales, and even butterflies and darning needles are winging it south.

Sep 20, 2018
John Tondra caught and released this Atlantic bonito near Montauk with Capt. Paul Dixon of Off the Point Charters. A Break in Fishing Doldrums

When boating or sailing, there are times as the season moves along that doing the same thing over and over becomes downright boring. The same is true for the pursuit of fish. I simply get burned out when chasing the same species day after day.

Aug 23, 2018
At some point, the inlet to Northwest Creek from Northwest Harbor was arbitrarily moved from the east side to the west, so it now hugs Barcelona Neck. Nature Notes: Shifting Sands, Lands

The recent to-do about Cartwright Island raises some interesting questions. We are sometimes prone to think of the present as the past, East Hampton today has always been, Southampton has always been, Lake Montauk has always been the way it is, etc., etc., etc. But in fact things, including our local landmasses and their surrounding waters, are fluxing every minute, during the day when we can see the change and at night when most of us are sleeping. So it is with the contours of the South Fork’s north and south coastlines.

Aug 23, 2018
Waterproof stickers for paddle craft with the owner’s name and number help the Coast Guard determine if an abandoned vessel is cause for a full-fledged search and rescue operation. ‘If Found’ Stickers Help

Summer is not over yet. In fact, the next few weeks may be among the best of the year for getting out on the water in small paddle craft like canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards. But storms and high winds can quickly turn a fun excursion into a dangerous situation, separating paddlers from their craft.

Aug 28, 2018
A Codless Winter

From a fishing perspective, it was as quiet a season as I could ever recall.

Apr 22, 2019