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COBIA: LOUISIANA: When Mike Jambon in the cruiser Big Runner saw a 30-pound cobia follow his boat off Grand Isle he offered it every lure in his large collection, lost patience, jiggled tip of rod in water, gaffed fish when it swam up to have a look, hauled it aboard.
MUSKELLUNGE: ONTARIO: SO July 1 and spy says hottest spot in province is west arm of Lake Nipissing; other good bets are Big Island area of Bay of Quinte (SE of Belleville) and Moon River in Parry Sound area, where wobbling spoons or pikie-minnow plugs cast or trolled at edge of weed beds should take fish.
STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Fastest fishing since '48 reported by Cape Cod Canal informer as over 500 bass from 20 to 45 pounds were taken there last Saturday a.m., mostly on reverse atom plugs and poppers; OG even though peak is passed. FG at Race Point in Provincetown as Nauset Beach and Back Cape Shore area taper off. FG at night along Cape Cod Bay shore from Corn Hill to Brewster for smaller fish. Charter boats in Cape Cod Bay had first good catches last week while Cutty-hunk slowed to hard fishing. A few fish are still reported from Fawn Bar, Winthrop and mouth of North River in Marshfield- Scituate area. FG on morning tide at mouth of Merrimack River off Newburyport, at Plum Island, and OF; FF at Pebbly Beach, Gloucester.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Stripers have started schooling around the Santee-Cooper diversion canal but biggest fish are being caught above Pinopolis powerhouse by deep trollers; OG through July 15.
NEW JERSEY: OG from Avon to Bradley Beach as surfers and jetty jockies took many big bass last week with most fish caught at break of dawn on calico crab bait, and trollers scored on stripers in 35-pound class plucked from big schools trading off jetties just north of Sea-bright to Highlands. Daylight trollers favor very large bunker spoons while big plugs and rigged eels are nighttime choices. Rowboat fishermen at Seabright-Rumson Bridge had field day last Saturday with 4-to 8-pound bass, caught 50-odd before school scrammed.
BLACK BASS: FLORIDA: Pete Williams, Lakeland fisherman, got to thinking about 10-pound 8-ounce bass he caught in Lake Marian (E of Haines City) a month ago, went back last week, caught 10-pound 8-ounce bass. Heavy rains last week put zip in many central-state big-mouths; FG in Kissimmee River from Highway 60 bridge S to Lake Okeechobee, OG next two weeks. Little Lake Harris (near Leesburg) and Lake Tarpon (near Tarpon Springs) are giving up big bass to live-bait experts and should keep producing through July 15, with top water plugs and bugs getting after-dark action.
LOUISIANA: Cajun agent says FG, OG in Lacasine Bayou, recommends fly rod and #6 Black Gnat wet. In northern part of state there's action in James Bayou (empties into Caddo Lake) and OG.
NEW YORK: FF on St. Lawrence River from Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay and OF/G as water warms. Good bet for smallmouth as SO July 1 is Ashokan Reservoir, N of Kingston (but New York watershed permit is needed).