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Compiled by Ed Zern
December 13, 1954
A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources
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December 13, 1954

Fisherman's Calendar

A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources

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MARLIN: FLORIDA: Although no big catches are reported, blue marlin are showing in Gulf Stream and bill-fishermen are checking gear.

MEXICO: Two striped marlin brought into Acapulco last Saturday and several raised; blue water is five miles offshore and weather is cold (for this area) but next two weeks might see strong upturn; check weather before taking off for Acapulco, Mazatlan or Guaymas.

WEAKFISH: NORTH CAROLINA: Surf fishermen from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras Inlet are taking speckled trout by the thousands; weaks are hitting almost any lure or tin squid, and spin-fishermen are having themselves a time; OG through December as Morehead City and other southeast North Carolina coast towns report weaks abundant.

FLORIDA: Northwest Florida agent reports St. Marks River fairly hot, with best spots buoys 11 and 12; Carrabelle waters producing trout to 5� pounds, but accommodations are scarce. FG in Anclote River ( Tarpon Springs) and Tampa Bay, live shrimp first choice in baits.

MISSISSIPPI: Capt. H. L. McQueen and Sgt. Grady Cook of Biloxi boated 146 speckles to 3 pounds in Bayou Graveline (near Pascagoula) last week, then cruised up the Tchouticabouffa (pronounced "Tchouticabouffa") River and caught 93 more, mostly on shrimp. To break the monotony, McQueen and Cook hooked three small tarpon in that river. OG along whole Mississippi Gulf coast.

LOUISIANA: Big catches reported in the Delacroix Island area below New Orleans, bayous and oil-company canals in the Petit Lake area are worth a try.

CHANNEL BASS: LOUISIANA: Seventy medium-sized reds were landed last week by eight anglers in a small bayou out of Cocodrie in Terrebonne Parish (southwest of New Orleans); OG in most coast spots.

FLORIDA: Heavy redfish starting to show on west coast, with occasional bulls to 20 pounds being taken at river mouths and around oyster bars; good bet is Ocklocknee River above the old wooden bridge at Ocklocknee Lodge

STRIPED BASS: OREGON: Isthmus Slough in Coos Bay producing a few bass despite cold, rainy weather; OF and will improve with warmer days.

CALIFORNIA: Rain and heavy fog loused fishing last week but Delta waters are best bet when weather clears; a 40-pounder reported last week from Ditchman's Slough, tributary of Napa River.

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