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Schumer gets a 'Hi, Chuck!' from passing anglers
Something flukish happened at Sen. Charles Schumer’s Wednesday morning news conference in Freeport.
Schumer, who assembled a school of media on the Nautical Mile for his presser about Sandy aid, was interrupted by a passing fishing boat in nearby Woodcleft Canal. The fishermen on board called out, “Hi, Chuck!” in unison, drawing chuckles from the crowd.
Schumer, speaking into a microphone, responded: “Hi, guys! I’m getting you more fluke!” He proceeded to tell reporters about his efforts to change regulations about the popular fish.
Local anglers can keep four fluke of 19 inches each, a drop from last year's 19.5-inch limit, regulators announced in April. The change came after Schumer pushed for the eased restrictions.
The fluke regulations have been “an obsession of Chuck’s for years,” said his spokesman, Max Young.