WEAKFISH: FLORIDA: Sea trout are news again on west coast, with fine catches from Piney Point, Cockroach Bay, Bishop's Harbor and other grassy spots in Tampa area; best bet is Mullet Key Light shoal.
NEW JERSEY: OG for small fish in Barnegat Bay (using shrimp chum); OF for big fish at night (still-fishing with shedder crab bait). OF for surfers at Long Beach Island, Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May.
LOUISIANA: Speckle fishing has slowed a bit in Lake Pontchartrain, but along most of the Louisiana coast there's fine sport at high tide. FG in Barataria Bay, and OG through next week. Oil rigs in Empire area are still popular with fish and fishermen.
BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: No ill wind, Connie dumped 2 inches of rain to brighten bass prospects all over state. Allegheny River (especially National Forest area) should be producing well this week; Lake Canadohta and Conneaut Lake agents say FG, OG for large and smallmouth bass to 3 pounds, with some of best action between 10 a.m. and noon. In central Pennsylvania, rivers were over banks at press time but OG as water recedes. Newly appointed Fish Commissioner John Grenoble proved there are still bass to be caught when he removed 21-inch 5-pound smallmouth from Juniata River using spinning rod and �-ounce top water plug and helped preserve hallowed traditions of the sport by declining to reveal lucky spot.
FLORIDA: In northern state, St. Johns River and Lake George near Welaka are best bets for big bass (try fly rod and popping bugs at daybreak). In NW Florida, Dead Lakes near Wewahitchka and Apalachicola River are top producers. Old reliable Little Lake Harris near Leesburg still burning up the league with big-mouths averaging close to 5 pounds. And Tommy Tomberlin, camp operator at Hernando (75 miles N of Tampa), tosses dead shiners to pet bass under his dock. When they grab them, he says FG, OG; when they spurn them, he predicts FP.
MISSOURI: Current River L, FG with plugs and live bait, OG. Jacks Fork too low to float except after heavy rain. FP except in deep holes.
TARPON: FLORIDA: When tarpon-fisherman John Wallace of St. Petersburg tried his luck at Mullet Key in mouth of Tampa harbor he hooked something heavy, after 70 minutes landed 250-pound jewfish.
LOUISIANA: Donald James of New Orleans went out on Lake Pontchartrain last Wednesday in his new boat, made one cast with spoon, landed 90-pound tarpon; FG and OG rest of August. Spy reports Old Wine Island Pass in lower Terrebonne Parish is hot spot and OVG.
MARLIN: TEXAS: Mrs. Dan Braman of Victoria raised temperatures in coastal-bend area with catch of 10-foot 6-inch, 310-pound blue marlin, first of season, near Port Aransas.
MUSKELLUNGE: PENNSYLVANIA: OG in upper Allegheny as high water and cool nights put muskies in mind of a square meal.