STRIPED BASS: CALIFORNIA: Heavy run of 20-to 25-pounders heralded the spring peak last week; the Napa River yielded a long list of good-to-excellent catches; San Pablo Bay and San Joaquin rivers were still hot at press time; in general OVG.
NORTH CAROLINA: Although trollers are taking stripers in rivers and bays and some big fish are being captured in surf seines by commercial fishermen, outer banks agent says no bass have yet taken bait or lures in surf, and OP.
NEW JERSEY: Best striped bass surf fishing still confined to stretch between Island Beach and Seaside Park, with some fair fishing in Toms River and Barnegat Bay. Best spot in river is deep hole off the golf course, almost within limits of town of Toms River; most fish run between 4 and 15 pounds. FF in Delaware Bay, with run in Cape May surf due any time.
KINGFISH: FLORIDA: Migrating kings are abundant from Sarasota to Tarpon Springs, with bulk of schools from five to ten miles off the Keys and wind too strong for small boats on most days. Best results are had by slow-trolling spoons in sizes seven to 10, and fish average 10 pounds; biggest king of week was 37�-pounder weighed in at Sarasota dock. Some big kings are also reported in Keys area, with top fish a 48-pounder.
TARPON: FLORIDA: Bridge fishermen along Overseas Highway taking tarpon from Jewfish Creek south, and OF. In upper Myakka River, east of Venice, baby tarpon found in small schools will take ordinary trout bucktail fished on light fly rod and provide fine fun.
TEXAS: First tarpon of season, a 27-incher, reported at Freeport. Schools sighted several times off Port Aransas and Padre Island, and pier fishermen have had a few strikes, but so far nobody has caught any.
WEAKFISH: TEXAS: OG all along coast as water gets warmer and fish get hungrier. Laguna Madre weaks averaging over a pound with frequent schools of 3- to 5-pounders reported. East Galveston Bay, Caney Creek and Offats Bayou report FG and OG. Port Isabel and lower Laguna Madre are other good prospects as flats warm up.
LOUISIANA: "If weather ever settles down," complains Lake Pontchartrain agent, "fishing should be terrific." Meanwhile, FVP.
PACIFIC SALMON: CALIFORNIA: Trollers report best sport of season from Monterey to Golden Gate after blustery weather last week; weights picking up, especially near Santa Cruz where 20-to 25-pounders are not unusual. Skiff fishermen hit big school last week between Capitola and Moss Beach, and OVG through coming week if weather stays calm.