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Original Issue


A digest of last-minute reports from fishermen and other unreliable sources

FG=fishing good; FF=fishing fair; FP=fishing poor. OG=outlook good; OP=outlook poor.

BONEFISH: FLORIDA: Six-year-old Carmen Aldacosta, wading flats near Miami with her father last week, hooked and landed a six-pound seven-ounce bonefish using a spinning rod and eight-pound line.

BAHAMAS: Bones abundant on flats of North Bight, Andros Island and OG through January.

STEELHEAD TROUT: WASHINGTON: Satsop, Wynoochee, Humptulips and Quinault are slightly high and off color but shaping up. Puyallup producing fair fish on brass spoons. Skykomish still yielding outsize steelies (but 25½-pounder from Satsop leads field).

OREGON: FP in most coastal waters as rain raises and roils rivers and OP this week.

CALIFORNIA: Tommy Devore, 12, was fishing Davies Creek near Eureka from an overhanging tree last week and hooked a fine steelhead; was cinch to land it when earthquake shook him into creek and fish broke off. Gualala and Garcia are good bets, with streamer flies productive on former; Sacramento is sizzling near Corning and OG if weather holds.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Vedder producing some 20-pounders, Capilano, Serpentine and Coquitlam report FG. A fresh run entered the Quinsam last week; Campbell River is best below the junction; Oyster and Courtenay rivers are fishing well.

CHANNEL BASS: FLORIDA: Wacissa River and Cow Creek (NW Fla.) loaded with redfish to eight pounds; upper St. Marks, Aucilla, Ochlockonee and Crooked rivers should be good to excellent. Withlacoochee was jammed with reds to 12 pounds last week, and Venice Inlet produced good catches on live shrimp.

MISSISSIPPI: Biloxi Bay and Pascagoula River are good bets for fast redfishing this week.

BLACK BASS: LOUISIANA: FG and OG in swamp areas and barrow pits in the Red and Atchafalaya river valleys; in coastal areas abnormally low tides have fouled up freshwater fishing.

MISSOURI: FG in most lakes but best bets are Wappapello and Clearwater, latter producing limits; OG through next week.

CALIFORNIA: FP on most lower Colorado River reservoirs but Mohave Lake is producing a few five- to eight-pound bass.

TENNESSEE: Bass are medium-deep in Norris, Cherokee, Center Hill and Dale Hollow, and will strike slow-trolled spoon or plug.

FLORIDA: Withlacoochee, Chassahowitzka, Homosassa and Crystal rivers are productive in upper end of brackish water, with live shiners best bait. Extreme cold last week sent bass deep in lakes of NW and central state.

SNOOK: Mrs. Floyd Alford Jr., of Punta Gorda, Fla., took three Georgia relatives up Peace River last Wednesday and between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. they caught 51 snook to 16 pounds on live shrimp (but kept only larger fish).

WEAKFISH: MISSISSIPPI: Maj. Gen. Harlan Parks took an afternoon off from commanding Keesler Air Force Base last week to go fishing near Ship Island within sight of Biloxi and caught 12 speckled trout from two to four pounds; data on bait is classified; OG also in Pascagoula area.

FLORIDA: FG at almost all Gulf Coast spots, with Waccasassa (90 miles north of Tampa) and Anclote rivers outstanding. Or try the Ochlockonee at second bridge above mouth, trolling a topwater plug.

SAILFISH: MEXICO: Acapulco charter boats averaging six sails on a tide, with blue water five miles offshore.

FLORIDA: Concentration along lower east coast continues but many raised fish are refusing to hit bait; OG through January.