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STRIPED BASS: NEW JERSEY: Trolling season got off to a good and early start along the ocean front from Sandy Hook to Seabright and also at Roamer Shoals area between Sandy Hook and Coney Island. Several bass better than 40 pounds have already been boated and catches of two to three to a boat are not unusual. Virtually all action so far has been on big Jersey bunker spoons about the size of a menhaden. Daytime trolling is currently best, although a few fish are striking at night. Charter boats are available at Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Great Kills and Sheepshead Bay for this fishing. Meanwhile, surf fishermen say FVP.
MARYLAND: Striped bass to 30 pounds are prowling waters of the middle Chesapeake Bay from Bloody Point Light to Love Point, staying close in to eastern shore, with heaviest concentrations on Brick House Bar. Bass are striking enthusiastically on No. 20 chrome spoons, but all "rockfish" over 15 pounds must be released. Best action is at change of tides. Pan stripers are fairly plentiful around Bay Bridge rockpiles and will hit small plugs or spin lures when mood is on them.
CALIFORNIA: High winds kept many boats off San Francisco area waters last week but had died down at press time, and agent says San Pablo Bay should be good if calm weather continues, favors Napa and Martinez-Benicia areas. Sacramento River H and M, but San Joaquin good at mouth of Three Mile Slough and on False River flats. Best day's catch reported last week at Patrick's Resort was 56 bass to 18 pounds. OF/G.
MASSACHUSETTS: First striped bass of current herring run taken in Cape Cod Canal last Saturday by Tom Ceddry of Cambridge on live-herring bait. Bait and spin lures producing school fish at Weweantic and Popponesset Beach.
BLACK BASS: VIRGINIA: Largemouth bass have started hitting top-water plugs and bugs at most ponds, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state, and OVG while evenings continue cool.
FLORIDA: Substantial rainfall last week improved bass fishing throughout most of this state. In central Florida, phosphate pits south of Lakeland and lakes within city limits are producing bass in good numbers, with occasional lunkers to 11 pounds. In northwest Florida best bass spots are the Wakulla and Apalachicola rivers and best lure is live shiners.
MISSOURI: FP generally, moans Ozark agent, with streams H and M, and OP until sunny weather sets in. SO May 30th and opening was poorest in several years. Most lakes H, SD and still rising.
TENNESSEE: Several large bass reported at Cherokee Lake, Norris Lake and Watts Bar Lake, with anglers getting best results with live bait or top-water lures. In Watauga Lake Montie Johnson, Valley Forge, took a largemouth bass weighing 7� pounds on a plug. In general OF.