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TUNA: MASSACHUSETTS: Big fish are in Cape Cod Bay, intermingled with smaller school fish, and they are being fussy. Only eight fish boated during four-day Cape Cod tuna matches with 71 pounds the top weight; most caught on Jap red or green and yellow feathers. Best school tuna off Pollock Rip Lightship. Sewed-on mackerel merely elicit stares from big fish. Richard Hanna, 18, of Newton, Mass. hooked a fish estimated at 400 pounds while using a dinky 4/0 reel and 36-pound test line and held it for an hour and a half before it broke off.
CALIFORNIA: Bluefin tuna are congregated off Catalina, according to our seagoing spy; and albacore. the tuna's smaller cousins, are running like crazy with easy limits a couple of hours out of Los Angeles. The fish are small, indicating a long run and OG.
ATLANTIC SALMON: NEW BRUNSWICK: Fishing greatly improved and OG at Hartland Pool on St. John River. No salmon showing on Nashwaak because water L, R, OP. Some fish killed on main southwest branch of Miramichi from Renous to upper stretches. FF on northwest Tobique but FP on southwest branch. Drift-netters ceased operating Aug. 15, accounting for fall run of large salmon now appearing in lower Miramichi. OG from now to season's end.
NOVA SCOTIA: Sheet Harbor River with kill of 58 salmon last week continues as the top water in province. Margaree second but with only 17 fish. OG following recent heavy rains.
BLACK BASS: PENNSYLVANIA: Streams flooded and no fishing in central and eastern areas, but OG as soon as waters recede. Diane missed the west, but August doldrums have slowed the fishing except at Conneaut where thermometer-dunking anglers have found fish 10 to 15 feet deep. Let your hardware sink before retrieving and then sta-a-a-nd back. A few cool nights will make OG elsewhere.
FLORIDA: You've got to get up early or stay till evening to find good fishing spots in St. Johns River near Lake Washington, Lake Harris at Howey, Lake Panasoffkee north of Bushnell and the phosphate pits in Polk County. Some wallopers are being taken from deep holes with artificial eels, of all things—the hottest lure in years in this area. Elsewhere OF. FG also reported with eels at Lake Jackson near Tallahassee.
TENNESSEE: Bill Martin of Oak Ridge got a 7-pound 7-ounce largemouth at Watts Bar Lake. FG but most catches made early and late. Largemouths also hitting again at Cherokee and Douglas lakes. You just have to wait out the heat and wind, then cast the banks. Small-mouth anglers report better-than-average trips to Holston and Pigeon rivers. Top-water lures are a bit more productive than spoons and spinners.
MICHIGAN: Smallmouths have gone berserk and are hitting at practically anything in most waters, at present the only bright spot in the state's fishing picture.
MINNESOTA: FF/FG on Maple Lake at Alexandria. Little Long Lake at Ely, Clearwater Lake at Bemidji. Frogs good in daytime with surface splashing plugs and popping bugs best in late evening, early morning. Basswood Lake at Ely is best in state for smallmouths.
PACIFIC SALMON: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Recent big tides brought in large fish and plenty of them. The Campbell River gave up a 64�- pounder to W. R. Fifter of Portland, Ore.; a 61-pounder to Dr. James Petray of Stockton, Calif.; plus plenty from 40 to 50 pounds. Big salmon will carry through until Labor Day at least. Silvers hot everywhere along east coast Vancouver Island and should continue for several weeks. Flies and small spoons best. FG on the beach.