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C—clear water; SH—slightly high; FG—fishing good; FF—fishing fair; FP—fishing poor; OG—outlook good; OF—outlook fair; OVG—outlook very good.

WEAKFISH: TEXAS: FG at Rockport, Corpus Christi Bay and Aransas Bay with some fish going to 3 pounds.

LOUISIANA: Around the oil rigs and Lake Pelto in Terrebonne Parish, the flares attract insects, the insects attract fish and the fish attract Eddie Shannon, Ashton Collins and Jimmie Davis, who landed 70 nice speckles one night last week using cane poles and a bit of pork rind on a single hook.

CHANNEL BASS: NORTH CAROLINA: Same bluebird weather that harassed duck hunters made FG for surf and sound fishermen; in Cape Hatteras area, several channel bass above 35 pounds landed last week, mostly by local talent. Resident soothsayers predict FVG at Cape Hatteras and Hatteras Inlet until Christmas.

FLORIDA: FG and OG for NW Florida waters, as St. Marks River is producing redfish to 32 pounds, and surf fishermen are taking reds averaging 8 pounds from Dog Island waters in Gulf. At Venice Inlet on Gulf Coast redfish to 9 pounds are taking live shrimp along jetties and fair runs are reported farther south at Boca Grande.

TEXAS: Good runs reported at Cold Pass, Caney Creek and Powderhorn Lake near Port Lavaca; fish are averaging 4 pounds; OF.

STEELHEAD TROUT: WASHINGTON: SO Dec. 4 but was washed out in most coastal streams; Satsop, Quinault, Dungeness and Sa-mish rivers are in fairly good shape. At Samish (C, F) most action is from highway bridge west to Edison, with cherry bobbers and dime-store red and white beads among most productive lures. OG as heavy plant in Washington steel-head rivers expected to pay off this winter.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: All streams in good shape with best fish a 19½-pounder from Campbell River. Quinsam, Oyster, Puntledge and Qualicums all producing on Vancouver Island. On mainland Chehalis, Alouette, Vedder and Seymour are best early prospects. Some good fish still coming from Thompson River at Shaw Springs and Spence's Bridge. OG with prospects of freezing nights and some snow.

OREGON: At press time larger streams were still H but F; if no more rain, all coastal streams should be in top shape now, with fish abundant in most rivers, and smaller runs still coming in. On north coast best bets are Nehalem, Wilson and Siletz rivers; on south coast Elk, Chet-co and Sixes should be best. Favored lures for drifting are cluster eggs or red yarn; for spinning, red-and-white wobblers and cherry bobbers.

CALIFORNIA : FG in Russian River last week from Healdsburg to Rio Nido; top fish was 10-pounder. Rains opened bars and cleared moss in most coastal streams and top waters are Eel, South Fork of Eel, Mattole, Garcia, Gualala, Mad, Van Duzen, Klamath and Smith. If no new rains, season's peak due any day.

STRIPED BASS: VIRGINIA: Excellent catches reported from Burwell's Bay on lower James River with fish averaging 10 pounds. Large numbers of pan-size stripers providing fly-rod sport in Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. OF/G.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Limit catches averaging 8 pounds still common in Santee-Cooper diversion canal area, and OF/G.

BLACK BASS: MISSOURI: For Gravois Arm area of Lake of the Ozarks, OVG for next two weeks if wind abates and weather clears; in Osage area FF and OF.

FLORIDA: FF, OF in Little Lake Harris and Kissimmee River, where trolled plugs were taking bigmouths to 8 pounds and fly rodders casting popper bugs reported FF/G.