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Fluke action is heating up on both shores

Hockey player Danny Markowitz holds a 22

Hockey player Danny Markowitz holds a 22" fluke weighing four pounds. (July 8, 2010) Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

Heading into the weekend, the best fluke action around Long Island was erupting inside the South Shore bays and along the edges of North Shore shoals and flats.

"We've got a fresh batch of hungry fluke in Baldwin Bay right now," said Mike Barnett, skipper of the Freeport charter boat Codfather. "On Wednesday, Howard Kalka and Tom Walsh pulled 35 fish with six keepers to 7 pounds. Howard drilled the big one in 12 feet of water on a white, squid-skirt bucktail rig tipped with spearing. Five of the six keepers topped 4 pounds."

Solid fluke scores were also reported from Great South Bay, Shinnecock Bay, Smithtown Bay, Huntington and Mattituck.

Striper action continues strong on bucktails off Orient Point and on trolled parachute rigs in the Montauk rips. According to Mark Keller at Bay Park Fishing Station, linesiders are also responding to clam chum around the Atlantic Beach Bridge and inside Debs Inlet. Captain Nick Sevene of the Oceanside charter vessel No Time put his fares on a boat limit of 10 stripers to 18 pounds on Wednesday using live bunker and Andrus Parachutes jigs off the Rockaways.

If it's porgies you prefer, head out on the Point Lookout open boat, Super Hawk. The bite has been good and crowds are light.

Schumer against law

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, which imposes quotas and size limits on popular saltwater fish, expires in 2013. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Tuesday that congressional oversight hearings will be held this fall on the federal legislation.

In his announcement, Schumer branded the law "unjust and unfair," arguing the mandated 10-year rebuilding timelines fail to account for the unique behavior of individual fish species.

Schumer is also pushing for a New York fishing industry representative to be seated at the Capitol Hill hearings, directly expressing the concerns and insights of New York anglers.

June shark tourneys

The 26th Annual Star Island Yacht Club Shark Tournament at Montauk is June 15-16. Entry is $1,000 per boat and there is more than $400,000 in prize value. Call 631- 668-5052.

The Freeport Hudson Anglers Shark Tournament is June 16. Prizes exceed $180,000 and entry is $350 per vessel. Call 516-738-5181.

June 16 also features the Moriches Anglers 38th Annual Shark Tourney. Entry is $300 per boat. Call 631-878-9280.

The Bay Shore Mako Tournament will be held June 23. Entry is $300 per boat. Call 631-650-7280.

The Great Gun Anglers Shark Tourney runs out of Center Moriches on June 23. Entry is $300 per boat. Call 631-698-1742.

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