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01/23/17 10:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Three astronauts — Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee died during a launch pad rehearsal when the Apollo 1 command module caught fire. (more…)

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09/30/16 10:00am
DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO A false albacore, landed by our columnist, right before being released to the deep.

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A false albacore, landed by our columnist, right before being released to the deep.

All the signs of fall are present, with the foliage starting to don autumn colors and the trips off-Island are becoming easy as the summer hordes fade from the roads and the migratory fish are starting to seriously feed.

The negative of this dreamy scenario is the number of light tackle fishing boats suddenly appearing off Montauk and other inshore fishing hotspots. Boats from several states are launching skiffs locally and most of the public boat launching sites are crowded. When you get out on the water and the fish suddenly appear you better hang on because it’s “Bumper Boat” time! (more…)

08/21/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO College friends Taylor Draper, left, and Morgan O’Donnell were successful anglers during Fish On’s excursion of Shelter Island waters last week.

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College friends Taylor Draper, left, and Morgan O’Donnell were successful anglers during Fish On’s excursion of Shelter Island waters last week.

The past week has been a tough one for anyone who has been out fishing with light tackle for striped bass in Gardiners Bay, Plum Gut and other close-in environs.

Air temperature over 90 degrees and water temperature around the Island in the 80s is not a great recipe for stripers who like the water 10 degrees cooler. Thinking that the cooler incoming tide with ocean freshness might wake the fish up a bit, I ran my boat to Plum Island several times, and while my companions and I got a few fish, it wasn’t worth the effort. (more…)

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08/11/16 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO John Tehan aboard Tubby, his 34-foot trawler with a top speed of seven knots.

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John Tehan aboard Tubby, his 34-foot trawler with a top speed of seven knots.

When John Tehan moved to Shelter Island as a child, he was already anchored by four generations of his mother’s family, ties so strong they drew him back no matter how many times he got away.

A charter boat captain, fishing guide and bayman, John is as familiar with the waters of the Florida Keys as Gardiners Bay. He has lived in California, Arizona and Florida, but always seems to wash up on the Island he refers to as “Paradise.” (more…)

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08/10/16 2:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Larry Landry’s White Witch was the overall winner in the Shelter Island Yacht Club’s first ever Race Week last weekend.

COURTESY PHOTO Larry Landry’s White Witch was the overall winner in the Shelter Island Yacht Club’s first ever Race Week last weekend.

Oxygen is only 21 percent of the air we breathe, yet it is essential to life.

The same holds true for the wind and sailboat racing. Even though it’s only a component of a regatta, without it, nothing happens. (more…)