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POLLACK: MAINE: Fastest fishing in Maine at moment is light-weight tackle assault on Atlantic sea pollack off Petit Manan Light. Four-and 5-ounce spinning rigs taking fish averaging 10 pounds. Like a lot of drought-ridden trouters, Joe Coffin came down from Brewer after pollack for the first time and dragged home a 20�-pounder. Outlook terrific.
BLUEFISH: FLORIDA: Dog Island Reefs producing good takes on mullet or large spoons. MASSACHUSETTS: Blues seemed extremely reluctant last week to move up from massed position off Jersey coast. Some taken around Cape Cod. but spotty and nothing like last few years. Martha's Vineyard surf fishing uneven at Chappiquiddick, Squibnocket and Katama. But SI agent took a 9�-pounder on tin squid at Squibnocket, season's largest from local surf.
NEW JERSEY: Best three scenes of action off Jersey coast are: area 7 to 10 miles off Asbury Park, Barnegat Ridge about 18 miles east of Barnegat Light, and an area a short distance E by NE of Five Fathom Lightship off Cape May. Asbury Park fish continue to average more than 6 pounds each; southerly fish are mixed, 3 pounds and larger. Trolling and chumming both effective. OVG. Surf fishing slow.
STRIPED BASS: NOVA SCOTIA: Lots of stripers weighing 8-15 pounds being taken at Bear River. OG.
MASSACHUSETTS: Fair catches taken at Cape Cod Canal and at Nauset Beach in Orleans. Outer Cape beaches still dormant except for heroic few who launch small prams outside breaker line: a very tricky business. Cape Cod Bay showed recovery as one skipper took 48 fish on early morning tide from Billingsgate Shoal and Brewster Shoal. Vineyarders taking stray stripers to 20 pounds on squid and reverse atom plugs in surf. OG.
NEW JERSEY: Best fishing at night with calico crab bait on stone jetties at Long Branch, Deal, Bradley Beach and Avon. Some fine fishing last week by spin-casters and conventional squidders, tossing from skiffs to the edge of stone jetties from Highlands to Sea Bright. Fish numerous but of moderate size. OG.
SWORDFISH: MASSACHUSETTS: Five-foot-2-inch 117-pound Mrs. Helen Peters of Hackensack, N.J. took her first broadbill at week's end south of Cuttyhunk Island, and shortly after took her second, both on 24 thread. One weighed 195 pounds and the other 276.
CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Fair-sized drum hitting well in surf on lower Hatteras Island and near Cape and Hatteras Inlet.