BLUE MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: First blue marlin of Hatteras season taken last week from Edgar Styron's Twins, captained by Elmer Ballance. It weighed 304 pounds and was done in by joint efforts of three men including George Beveridge, Pulitzer Prizewinning Washington Evening Star reporter. Three-platoon system necessary because harness which takes strain off angler's arms left ashore. Next day with harness aboard, same boat, same skipper, one angler (Henry Weiche of Seven Mile, Ohio) boated 423-pound marlin after it walloped 8-ounce yellow feather. FG/OG with Hatteras hopes high of topping record 30 blue marlin taken last season.
SPANISH MACKEREL: MISSISSIPPI: FVG off Biloxi, where last week Joseph Baricev and Roy Rosalis boated 647 fish to 3 pounds in vicinity of Horn Island. Conservationists, however, may relax. Every mackerel is on menu at Baricev's Biloxi restaurant.
TROUT: MAINE: Lake-trout partisans finding FG with 24-pound laker caught recently by Ralph Rustin Jr. of Milford in Cold Stream Pond taking early-season honors. Rustin was towing smelt when fish struck and subsequently did battle for over an hour.
PENNSYLVANIA: OF/G with streams still H but falling. Best immediate bets are Cockley's Run, which feeds into Yellow Breeches near Grantham, and Alleghany River where it bends back into Potter County. Both waters require minnows or small spinning lures. General upswing for fly-fishermen expected in southern state this week, in northern tier next week.
WASHINGTON: Dry weather and hazardous forest fire potential has forced officials to close state timber areas in Whatcom and Skagit counties until mid-October. More closures imminent if current heat wave persists. Conditions result of Cascade snowfall last winter, which was only 60% of normal and now running off much too quickly. Okanogan County lakes series of bright spots. So good, reports spy, that impossible to pick one which will not yield 10 rainbows an angler. William's Lake in Spokane County and Cushman's Lake on Olympic Peninsula also advise FVG/OVG.
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Cadillac-sized bass in surf all along shore with Highlands and Long Beach seemingly most productive areas. Last week at Highlands, Walter M. Nelson of Carlstadt beached stripers of 57 and 42 pounds while casting metal lure with yellow bucktail; FG/OG.
BLUEFIN TUNA: BAHAMAS: FG as Bahamian bluefin maintain steady march northward past Bimini and Cat Cay. Just-concluded 14th Cat Cay Tuna Tournament saw accomplished William K. Carpenter of Montchanin, Del. win event with five-day catch of seven fish aggregating 3,263 pounds. Runner-up was Allin Suero Falla of Havana, with five tuna totaling 2,270 pounds, while third place went to J. W. Griffith of Long View, Texas whose four fish added up to 1,891 pounds. Twenty-one anglers competed, and many expected to stay over for First Annual Bahamian International Tuna Match at Cat Cay May 29 to June 2. United States and many Latin American nations have entered three-man teams, but so far Bahamas itself teamless.
PACIFIC SALMON CALIFORNIA: Redding-Tehama of Sacramento River offering chinooks to 20 pounds. Trolling improving outside Golden Gate and in Bodega and Tomales bays. FG too in Monterey and Santa Cruz bays, but invasion of jellyfish nuisance.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Young silvers showing in encouraging numbers on east coast Vancouver Island and working north. Nanaimo area most productive, but Qualicum-Parksville section worthy. Campbell River, Cape Mudge and Shelter Point offering a few silvers to five pounds, while Campbell River also awarding king salmon from 18 to 25 pounds
N—water normal height
OVG—outlook very good