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SO season opens
BLUE MARLIN: PUERTO RICO: FG/OVG as Puerto Rico's Fourth International Invitational Game Fish Tournament is under way with 20 competing teams. Eight represent the United States, six Puerto Rico, three Mexico, and one each Bermuda, Panama and Venezuela. Prematch angling lifted contestant hopes. Last week Ray Garffer, 12 miles off San Juan aboard his boat Wimsco, discouraged a 428�-pound blue marlin on 24 thread after an hour-and-10-minute battle. Roy D. Warren of Atlanta was close behind with a 357-pound fish taken from Art Wills's charter boat Sea Queen II, while Ida Sierra hoisted a 233-pounder up the gin pole on the Bimini Babe, well-known sport-fishing boat owned by Robert E. Maytag, 1957 U.S. tuna team member competing in Puerto Rico.
HAWAII: OVG; past week saw 12 marlin totaling 2,844 pounds docked in Kona, the largest a 500-pound warrior outlasted in 50 minutes by Collis Johnson of Portland, Ore. Kona marlin may not be accepted as scientifically blue, but blue they must feel after such a week.
NORTH CAROLINA: Surf and pier practitioners making deep dents in bass population as stiff nor'east winds have kept frustrated boatmen ashore. Last week Eddie Reber of Nags Head hefted a 45-pound bass onto Nags Head Fishing Pier while a few miles south at next pier Mrs. A. H. Bunting of South Norfolk, Va. landed a 44-pounder. FVG also in surf from Kitty Hawk to Cape Hatteras and Hatteras Inlet as cut mullet is taking 25-to 30-pound fish. Nags Head Surf Tournament runs Oct. 18 to 20, and OVG for participants.
LOUISIANA: Bull reds from 15 to 30 pounds cruising passes in Grand Isle area, and FG.
STEELHEAD: IDAHO: FVG/OVG. Run in Main Salmon in Chamberlin Basin area especially good.
TROUT: NEW HAMPSHIRE: Northern state FG for browns and rainbows although Connecticut Lakes in Coos County still below par. SC in Coos County Oct. 15. Fat browns in central state rising to No. 12 Adams dry fly although still larger trout seem to prefer No. 12 Connecticut River Dick streamer on a No. 4 leader. Try the Blackwater River. Drought in southern counties has led to closing of woods in Rockingham, Cheshire, Hillsborough and Strafford counties, with fishing permitted only from boats and wharves where lakes can be reached by road.
MONTANA: FG now after cold snap, with legendary Madison along with Gallatin, Yellowstone rivers and Rock Creek in prime. Dry-fly artists are euphoric. FP, however, on blustery days as wind chokes streams with leaves. On lakes FVG, with Muddler Minnow fly the pattern of the moment. Recently on Georgetown Lake it creeled 16 trout between three and five pounds for Lee Elliot and his party from Rock Creek Lodge.