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07-16-2010, 06:30 PM
New York waters jumping with medium-sized bluefish, striped bass, fluke, porgies, sea bass and ling
Alexandra Kenney

Friday, July 16th 2010, 4:00 AM


Local waters continue to sport a wonderful variety for recreational fishing folks. Bigger-size bluefish are the latest arrivals, joining striped bass, fluke, porgies, sea bass and ling.

The abundance usually inspires a number of tournaments. Fluke is one competitive quarry this month along Long Island's South Shore. And, way off shore, tuna is sharing that spotlight.

The Old Mill Yacht Club in Howard Beach is staging a tourney Saturday. Although the captain's meeting was held last night, procrastinators can still sign up this evening or very early Saturday at the club located at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd. Then you will be in the running to win cash for the four largest flatties. Fishing is from 7a.m. to 4p.m. Want to know more? Phone (718) 835-0454.

Boats in the Captree Fleet are cooperating in their own special three-day Fluke Derby this weekend. There are cash prizes for the three heaviest specimens as well as in a ladies division, among kids under age 15, and for a bay-caught fluke. View more at www.CaptreeFleet.com (http://www.captreefleet.com/)

Then next Saturday the Riverhead (L.I.) Moose Lodge Marina will be sponsoring its 14th annual fluke tournament. This one features divisions for both adults and for juniors under age 16. See www.AdventuresInFishing.com (http://www.adventuresinfishing.com/) for more details or phone (631) 525-7987.

A couple of big game tourneys also spark up the calendar. The South Shore Marlin and Tuna Club in Bay Shore will be staging what is billed as the oldest (this will be its 55th) annual offshore tournament on L.I., July 23 to 25. Competition should be heated for the more than $15,000 in prizes for the top tuna, shark and catch-and-release marlin, which can be hunted on a choice of one the three official days. Ken Olsen at (631) 988-6683 can fill you in with more details.

The Babylon Tuna Club's tuna tourney is almost as long-lived, with its 54th edition set to close out the end of this month. Boats in day or night categories will be heading out from the Babylon Village Municipal Dock from July 29 to Aug.1. For more info, go to www.BabylonTunaClub.org (http://www.babylontunaclub.org/) or call (516) 860-9345.

Contests may be keeping anglers busy on the South Shore, but there is plenty of action in the L.I. Sound, too. For example, bluefishing keeps heating up steadily on both day and night outings, say from Hempstead Harbor to the Greenwich, Conn. side. Striped bass are in the mix. And nice big humpback porgies can be tackled from Bayville to Smithtown Bay.