To me, Montauk is that one particular harbor. It’s the place where I got an early sense of the salt life. I recall the first time I walked into the old Salivar’s restaurant and saw the giant head of a great white shark that left me slack-jawed. Capt. Frank Mundus, known to many as the inspiration behind Peter Benchley’s Capt. Quint in Jaws, had caught the ominous-looking predator. Mundus arrived in Montauk via Brielle, New Jersey, in the early 1950s, to start his charter-fishing business. My father fished with him in the 1960s and ’70s; he called Mundus a “character” long before Robert Shaw played him in the movie. The colorful (pun intended) captain painted his toenails red and green for port and starboard, and came up with the marketing slogan “Monster Fishing.” It worked. Not everyone knows every fishing boat in Montauk, but most know of the Cricket II and the exploits of Mundus.