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THE FISHING REPORT By Capt. Al Tunes H ome to some of the best salt-water fishing on the East Coast our local waters teem with striped bass, blue fish, fluke, blackfish and more all just a short drive from port. And we have many a ways to find and bring home your trophy, too. Of course if you’ve al- ready got a boat here you know the drill. Gas it up, load it with ice and bait, consult your latest fishing reports and head for the horizon! Now for those who don’t have a boat but still want to scratch that fishing itch there are charter and party boats ready to take you out to fertile grounds. In the mid-Hamp- tons you’ll find the nexus of activity is in Hampton Bays. Specifically the main marina on Dune Road just to the east of the Ponqogue Bridge. There you’ll find the SHIN- NECOCK STAR 631-728-4563 and the HAMPTON LADY 631-521-3366 berthed at Sundowners Wharf. Both party boats offer everything you need for success on the water: tackle, bait and the all-important know-how. The STAR is sailing half days for local fluke, bluefish and weakfish leaving the docks at 7AM and again at noon. The LADY offers an all-day cruise from 7AM - 3PM Monday - Friday targeting fluke and sea bass. Your fare of $90 includes bait, tackle and a great shot at filling that cooler! Saturday and Sundays they offer half-days from 7AM - 11AM and again 1PM - 5PM doing the same for just $60 a head. Forgot your lunch? Stock up at the café on-site for a great breakfast or lunch.   MONTAUK MANIA If you want to fish for the big boys, you have to head to Montauk. With schools of trophy fish just minutes cruise from the dock this very East End harbor is an an- gler’s paradise! You’ll find the greatest concentration of charter boats at STAR ISLAND YC 631-668-5052 or the MONTAUK MARINE BASIN 631-668-5900. Licensed to take up to six anglers wherever the fish are biting these blue-water boats sail half-days for striped bass, blues and porgies and full-days further offshore to search for the sea’s monsters: tuna and sharks. On the party boat scene best head to Montauk where two of the best outfits await. For off-shore trips VIKING FLEET 631-668-5700 brings you the best chance to grab a cooler’s full of fish. Weather permitting they’re sail- ing for local cod and ling daily, leaving port at 4AM with a 4PM return. You’ll find them in the heart of the harbor. The fare is $125 for adults, $65 for kids 5 - 12. All fares include bait with tackle on board for rent. With June here Y LITTLE FRIES, APPLY! ou don’t have to land a monster shark to win big in Montauk! Now in it’s 17th year the MERCURY GRAND SLAM is a unique get together open to anyone who dips a hook. No matter how you fish the formula is the same. Try and land one fluke, bass, bluefish and sea bass. Scores are given each with prizes given at the end of the contest to the biggest overall catch and each individual species. Held July 14 and 15 at Uihlein’s Marina on West Lake Drive you fish from 5AM to 6PM daily. At the end of day Sunday the real fun begins with a great party from 4 - 7PM at Uihlein’s with food, drinks and live music. They’re also be a special presentation honoring one of the true legends in this harbor, Capt. Frank Tuma, Sr. Top prize is a brand new 150 HP Mercury outboard. they add two local trips, the first half-days for fluke, por- gies and sea bass. Fares are $50 for adults, $30 for kids and free for the smallest fries under 4. They also add their famed striped bass trips in June. Daytime you get 6 hours of non-stop action for $90 in- cluding live ells for bait. And if you want something re- ally special sign-up for their night-time bass trips under the Light. Fare for that is $120 and the chances of boating Second nets a all-purpose 8 Hp and third an auxiliary 5 HP Mercury. Party boat and professional/commercial fishermen have prizes all to themselves, too. On the pro- fessional/commercial side a whopping $3,000 is up for grabs plus a special plaque commemorating your win that will hang in the “Harbor Room” of the local Cham- ber of Commerce. Top hook from the party boat division will take home a cool $300 plus a plaque all their own! The small fries have a slice of the contest all their own. All kids under 13 receives their own Cablevision Youth Anglers’ Plaque to proudly hang on their wall. Better yet, they’ll all entered to win a 7’ Inflatable boat with a genuine Mercury outboard. To enter the whole family just call Uihleins at 631-668-3799 or go to their web site at www.montaukgrandslam.org. a cow is huge! Looking for some extended off-shore ad- venture? The Viking also sails a variety of 2, 3 even 4 day overnights to exotic spots up and down the East Coast. Check their website - www.vikingfleet.com for details and booking info. Just around the corner the twin-boated EBB TIDE 631-668-2818 sets sail for family fishing fun at its best every day! The original sails half-days for fluke, sea bass and porgies while the new, Ebb Tide II leaves th4e dock for a full-day’s adventure searching local waters for mon- ster porgies, doormat fluke and football sized sea bass! One of the best crews on the water they know how to find the fish, all you have to do is land them! Discounts avail- able for kids, seniors and groups go to www.ebbtidemtk. com to learn more.   DO IT YOURSELF Last but not at all least, you can always hire a boat and take to the seas with your own crew! The best and longest practitioner of this is Montauk’s own UIHLEIN’S MARINA 631-668-3799. 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