SO—season opens (or opened); SC—season closes (or closed).
C—clear water; D—water dirty or roily; M—water muddy.
N—water at normal height; SH—slightly high; H—high; VH—very high; L—low; R—rising; F—falling.
WT50—water temperature 50�.
FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OVG—outlook very good; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OP—outlook poor
TUNA: BAHAMA ISLANDS: 13th Annual Cat Cay Tuna Tournament ended last week with William K. Carpenter of Delaware scoring his fifth win in six years with seven qualifying fish that weighed 2,882 pounds. Carpenter was hard pressed by Louis Garavaglia Jr. of Michigan with six bluefins weighing 2,563 pounds and E. E. Dale Shaffer of Miami Beach with six tuna weighing 2,447 pounds. Heaviest fish of tournament: a 539-pounder, boated by Jorge Cuevas of Mexico City. Run will taper off at end of month, but OVG through June 15, says spy.
NORTH CAROLINA: Small school tuna (to 15 pounds) being caught off Hatteras and Oregon Inlet; OG through June.
STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Biggest striper reported last week was 53-pounder taken from charter boat out of Highlands by Charles Alario of Bloomfield. Evidence points to better season than last year. Many charter boats have switched to night trolling to avoid parade of daytime pleasure boats along the beach front. Most reliable night-trolling lures are rigged eels 18 to 24 inches long and pikey-minnow-type plugs about 8 inches long. Bunker spoons still best bet by daylight. For inboard motor skiffs, 700 rpm would be about right trolling speed.
CALIFORNIA: Best fishing is off beaches and Mission Rock. A good series of minus tides indicates summer run may come early; largest striper reported at Baker Beach is 24�-pounder taken by Daniel Higgins of San Francisco. FP at San Pablo Bay because of wind, but calm weather should bring fair action. Sacramento River clearing fast, and OG, with small fish abundant. Local sportsmen delighted at passage of bill prohibiting netting in Sacramento above Carquinez Bridge as protection for spawning stripers and salmon.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Stripers reported schooling in lower Santee-Cooper Lake about two months earlier than normal, but schooling activity is only for short period after sunrise. Fishery biologists who examined stomach contents say stripers are stuffed with May fly larvae, indicating wet flies and nymphs might be productive.
NEW YORK: Boats out of Montauk have taken a few fish at night, but to date no beach action reported, and OP.
TROUT: NEW YORK: At press time Schoharie Creek was in beautiful condition, but fly-fishermen were doing poorly despite fair hatches of Green Drake and other May flies. Beaverkill is about two weeks ahead of normal, with fishing best in several years despite low water and WT 65-72. Green Drake hatch petered out last week, and best artificials are No. 12 Light Cahill and No. 10 Quill Gordon and Blue Dun. During day, No. 16 or 18 dun flies should get some results, and fanwing Royal Coachman might tempt a buster during the evening rise. Ausable agent reports FG for dry-fly fishermen, with streams C and M, WT 60-68 and Green Drake hatch due June 10.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: OVG through June for brook trout fishing, especially in ponds where most of fish are unstocked. Upper Connecticut River in fine condition, and OG.
VERMONT: OVG throughout state. Arthur Ruby of Hydeville took 23-inch 7-pound brown from Castleton River at Fair Haven. Battenkill has been producing well but is already too warm for good midday results in slow lower stretches.