A group of volunteers rescues a sea turtle in Mattituck. (Credit: Chris Paparo/ Fish Guy Photos)
This past weekend, I was exploring the wrack line at Mattituck Inlet looking for hidden treasures that could be potential story ideas for this month’s column. I was not having much luck finding any gold until I spotted a “rock” a couple hundred yards down the beach. (more…)
Tom Schlichter with a big blackfish caught off Orient Point. (Credit: Capt. Jerry McGrath)
Summer flounder (aka fluke), snappers and blue claw crabs are favorite targets of North Fork anglers. However, as the warm, sunny days of summer are replaced with the brisk, cold northerly winds of autumn, those species retreat to more pleasant waters. As they leave, a “bulldog” of a fish has begun its migration to our inshore waters. (more…)
No summer is complete with out talking about jellyfish. Every summer, like clockwork, reports of jellyfish make the local news, keeping beachgoers on the beach towel out of fear of getting stung. Do jellyfish really warrant such fear or are they just another misunderstood ocean critter? (more…)
Glacial erratic on Long Island. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)
Walk any of the North Fork’s beaches and you will notice they vary greatly from those found on our neighboring South Fork. Instead of fine sands, we have many stones, cobbles and huge boulders. Why is there such a difference, especially when there is only a short distance between the two? (more…)
For those of you that follow my various social media accounts (@fishguyphotos), you will notice that during the winter months I frequently post pictures of a red-tailed hawk.
Typically, the hawk in the picture is located on the ground and holding a freshly caught squirrel or rabbit in her sharp talons. At first glance, it appears that I always seem to be at the right place at the right time, capturing a moment in nature that so few of us get to see in person. That feeling of awe quickly turns to disbelief when the next post is a “hawk selfie” or a video of a hawk landing on my hand. Why would such a majestic bird allow me into its world time and time again?
In addition to being the “Fish Guy,” I am a general class falconer and the hawk featured in those posts is my red-tailed hawk Emmy. (more…)
A female blue crab and her ‘painted nails.’ (Credit: Fish Guy Photos, Chris Paparo)
With bright blue claws, sweet white meat, and powerful swimming legs, the blue crab is completely deserving of its scientific name Callinectes sapidus, which translates to “beautiful savory swimmer.” Enthusiastically pursued by both young and old anglers alike, the blue crab is a favorite dish at the local summertime clambake.
Having an extensive range, the blue crab can be found living in shallow coastal bays of the Western Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to Uruguay. Here on the North Fork, they are common in many of the small back bays, creeks, and harbors throughout the Peconic. In recent years, I have even been finding them in greater numbers in the harbors along the Sound as well. (more…)