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Priscilla Mun of Little Neck swims in the (Credit: Newsday/Lorina Capitulo)

Priscilla Mun of Little Neck swims in the bay at Oak Beach with her father, Steve Mun, nearby. Steve Mun had first tried crabbing off the Captree Pier with his children, Isaac and Priscilla, when someone suggested that he'd do better at Oak Beach. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Digging in at Oak Beach Park for crabs, fun

Oak Beach by the bay.

Priscilla Mun of Little Neck swims in the
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Priscilla Mun of Little Neck swims in the bay at Oak Beach with her father, Steve Mun, nearby. Steve Mun had first tried crabbing off the Captree Pier with his children, Isaac and Priscilla, when someone suggested that he'd do better at Oak Beach. (Aug. 4, 2012)

Andrew Guerrero, 11, tries to scoop a crab
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Andrew Guerrero, 11, tries to scoop a crab at Oak Beach under the watchful eye of his sister Ingrid, 8. Pictured with them are brothers Eric, 8, and Diego, 6, Villegas. They're all cousins from Hempstead. (Aug. 4, 2012)

At Oak Beach, members of the Chan family
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At Oak Beach, members of the Chan family dig for clams as others in the family catch blue claw crabs. (Aug. 4, 2012)

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Carlos Jerez's 9-year old son Christopher of Wyandanch,
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Carlos Jerez's 9-year old son Christopher of Wyandanch, tries to scoop small fish into his net at Oak Beach. Many beachgoers from different nationalities are drawn to this place where blue claw crabs are abundant. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Bad weather forecast didn't stop the Baurs of
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Bad weather forecast didn't stop the Baurs of Bethpage from paddling on the waters of Oak Beach, with Andrew in front and Amy behind giving a peace sign as she paddles her board. They managed to return just before a downpour. (July 28, 2012)

Sumi Alam and Tasmin Alam sort through some
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Sumi Alam and Tasmin Alam sort through some jute plants they'd pulled from their garden in Bay Shore before coming to Oak Beach, while Tasmin's husband, Abu Taiyab, fishes. They will fry the jute plant with lantil (a curry dish) along with the small fish he catches. "It is very good," Abu says. (July 15, 2012)

A young woman teases her dog at one
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A young woman teases her dog at one of the small, quiet beaches at Oak Beach which fronts the bay. (July 15, 2012)

Efren Lee, a Chinese-Filipino who is a friend
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Efren Lee, a Chinese-Filipino who is a friend of the Ruiz family, wades mid-waist in the water, waiting for the blue claw crabs to take his chicken bait at Oak Beach. In the foreground are some of the blue claw crabs he's already caught, which are abundant in the area. (August 4, 2012)

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The Mejia family readies their fishing net at
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The Mejia family readies their fishing net at Oak Beach. Many beachgoers from different nationalities are drawn to this place where blue claw crabs are abundant. (Aug 4, 2012)

Eveline Blanco of Central Islip strolls with her
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Eveline Blanco of Central Islip strolls with her daughters Iris, 8, left, and Kelly, 1, along the shoreline of Oak Beach. (July 26, 2012)

Abu Taiyab of Bay Shore, center, is helped
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Abu Taiyab of Bay Shore, center, is helped by his son Shazeem, left, and sister-in-law Showva Alam in sorting his catch at Oak Beach. Blue claw crabs, clams, spearing and snappers are abundant on the bay side of Oak Beach. (July 26, 2012)

At Oak Beach, Abu Taiyab of Bay Shore
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At Oak Beach, Abu Taiyab of Bay Shore casts his net hoping for an ample catch of fish for dinner. (July 15, 2012)

A young boy leans back in a tire
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A young boy leans back in a tire as it is pulled through the water by a motor boat at Oak Beach. (Aug 4, 2012)

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Ulises Siguenza of Babylon stands with his family
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Ulises Siguenza of Babylon stands with his family at Oak Beach and ponders the possibilities of blue claw crabs. (August 4, 2012)

Alexander Siguenza, 8, of Babylon, shows off the
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Alexander Siguenza, 8, of Babylon, shows off the blue claw crab he just caught with his dad Ulises Siguenza at Oak Beach. (August 4, 2012)

Angel Ruiz of Roosevelt sits with his line
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Angel Ruiz of Roosevelt sits with his line in the water and waits for a fish to bite at Oak Beach. In the background are Angel's brother, Jose and friend Efren Lee. (August 4, 2012)

A fish caught by Juan Amante of Freeport,
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A fish caught by Juan Amante of Freeport, lays on the rock at Oak Beach. (Aug 4, 2012)

Alexander Siguenza, 8 and of Babylon, pulls on
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Alexander Siguenza, 8 and of Babylon, pulls on a string with chicken bait while his father Ulises Siguenza waits for the blue claw crab to appear in the surface at Oak Beach. (August 4, 2012)

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