Fishing Club hauls away garbage at annual beach cleanup

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Surf Fishing Club president Wayne Rambo of Calverton throws some garbage he collected east of Reeves Beach.

The Riverhead-based East End Surf Fishing Club held its annual beach cleanup Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The members of the club scour the Sound shoreline from the Brookhaven town line in Wading River to the Southold Town line in Laurel removing debris that was either left behind by careless visitors or washed up from winter storms. Some members noted that there was about half as much garbage as previous years thanks to a fewer number of Nor’easters over the winter months compared to most years.

Still, plenty garbage was removed: a reclining chair, propane tanks, plastic chairs, plastic swimming pool, bottles, shoes, car tires, muffler, headlights and lots of lumber with nails in it. More than two dozen people participated and filled three 30 yard dumpsters provided by the town.

Town Board members Jodi Giglio, John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen and Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson stopped by to show their support of their efforts.

The East End Surf Fishing Club was founded in 1931 and is the oldest fishing club in the country. The president is Wayne Rambo of Calverton and the club currently has about 100 members.

A beautiful day on the Sound at Reeves Beach



Donald Visek of Aquebogue tosses a muffler he found.


Jonathan Visek, 13, of Aquebogue and Glenn Brown of Aquebogue ride up from the beach with their haul of garbage.


Charlie Scalfani of Wading River tosses a bag of garbage into the dumpster.


Herb Hermsdorf of Wading River unloads a piece of lattice.


Herb Hermsdorf (left) and Charlie Scalfani of Wading River unload some of the garbage they found.


A sign in the Reeves Beach parking lot.