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Default Staten Island Tackle shop Report July 14 06

It's no fluke: Keepers are showing
And the annual Tuna Club Shark Tournament is rescheduled for tomorrow
Friday, July 14, 2006

There are lots of fluke around with a fair number of keepers showing. Small to medium sized bluefish are making a decent showing around the Island, and weakfish are showing along the Chapel Hill Channel. Some nice sized bass are still being landed off the Terrace, Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier and the Jersey Shoreline. Porgies and sea bass are showing, and crabbing is excellent.

On the offshore scene: The canyons are producing tuna, tile fish and dolphin. Closer to home the Mud Hole is producing sharks.


GREAT KILLS

From Joe at Michael's Bait and Tackle, Great Kills, we learn fluking has been very good at the Mouth of the Harbor with lots of shorts showing along with a decent number of keepers. Bluefishing is has been good off of Great Kills, and the bass action at the Shrewsbury Rocks has been hit or miss. Crabbing is excellent. On the offshore scene sharks are showing at the Mud Hole with the crews aboard the Gina Lisa and Lady Lucy landing Makos to 95-pounds.

Paul at Great Kills Bait and Tackle says fluking came alive in the Bay over the weekend with the waters around the Great Kills Buglight and the Keansburg and Belford flats producing good action. Some keeper fluke are being caught from the beaches, and bluefish to 6-pounds are showing from South Beach to Tottenville. Porgy fishing is getting better on the wrecks and reefs which are also producing decent numbers of sea bass. There are some weakfish around, and the crabbing is excellent.

TOTTENVILLE

From John at Biggie's Bait and Tackle, Tottenville, we hear weakfishing is pretty good along Chapel Hill Channel and porgies are showing around the rock piles. Fluking is good along Ambrose Channel with the waters around the lower numbered buoys producing a decent number of keepers. There are plenty of blues around with a good concentration of fish chasing bunker off of Great Kills. The Jersey and Rockaway Reefs are producing good sea bass action, and crabbing is very good.

The Biggie's Annual Fluke Contest will be contested tomorrow and Sunday. The Captain's Meeting will take place tonight at 8pm in front of the shop. The entry fee is $50 per boat.

MIDLAND BEACH

Phyllis at Aunt Phyllis' Bait Shop, Midland Beach, reports the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier is producing lots of bluefish and keeper bass to 30-pounds along with porgies, some weakfish and loads of short fluke. Crabbing is very good.

TOMPKINSVILLE

Patty at Scags Bait and Tackle, Tompkinsville, says fishing is pretty good with the St. George Fishing Pier producing bluefish, small porgies, some keeper fluke and lots of short fluke during the day and bass at night. The Terrace is producing bass at sunup and sundown, and the crabbing is red hot. On the freshwater scene Silver Lake is producing good bass action, Bradys Pond and Pouch Camp are producing good bass and pickerel action and Clove Lake is producing good numbers of catfish.

SHARK TOURNAMENT

There is still time to enter the Staten Island Tuna Clubs 18th Annual Shark Tournament which has been rescheduled to take place tomorrow. The Captains Meeting will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in front of Michael's Bait and Tackle. The bad weather day is Sunday. The entry fee is $300 per boat.

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