In the salty rips of Montauk Point at the end of Long Island, the surf caster above and his fellows on the next three pages take their stand against winds and tides and—they hope—fighting fish. Jack Olsen's word picture of the joys and frustrations of this hardy sport follows these photographs.

Rod at the ready, a surf caster waits for a bass to hit his lure. Another fisherman picks his way over the rocks as he guides a three-pounder into the shallows

The surf caster's reward comes when he hooks a striper and a sunset simultaneously