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TROUT: PENNSYLVANIA: FG/OG on Penn's Creek (SI, April 7) with water N and Green Drake hatch in full swing. FG also in unstocked Paxtang Creek which last week yielded a 24-inch brown trout to Ben Stuart of Camp Hill.

ATLANTIC SALMON: NOVA SCOTIA: Water H, but OG. Last week provincial salmon catch totaled 114. Medway saw 50 salmon killed, Lahave 30 and St. Mary's 10, including 27-pounder.

MAINE: Down-Easters enjoying banner salmon season. Over 40 fish already taken from Narraguagas River compared to 27 all of last year. FG also in Denny's, Machias, East Machias and Pleasant rivers; OVG.

WEAKFISH: LOUISIANA: FG for 6-pounders all along coast.

STRIPED BASS: MASSACHUSETTS: Bass to 40 pounds now showing in Cape Cod Canal where live herring turn the trick. School fish still active at Mashnee Island, Weweantic and Back rivers.

NEW JERSEY: FG now at Sea Bright-Rumson bridge.

BLUE MARLIN: NORTH CAROLINA: Hatteras area still making marlin history. Since mid-May 14 blue marlin have fallen to rod and reel. Largest so far 580 pounds. Three have been over 300 pounds, 10 between 150 and 300 pounds. Morehead City-Cape Lookout area also productive with seven blue marlin boated; OVG.

PACIFIC SALMON: WASHINGTON: State Department of Fisheries Chief Milo Moore will present unhappy salmon facts of life to meeting of State Sports Council at Wenatchee June 14-15. Moore plans to show that salmon fishing on downgrade from Alaska to California, that catch weights are off and entire runs disappearing. Part of problem is pollution and shrinking salmon "pasturage." But overfishing by ever-growing army of anglers also taking heavy toll. In spite of revolutionary fresh-water rearing techniques, Moore says: "We despair of getting enough eggs to restock rivers." At Wenatchee meeting he will present sportsmen with some hard alternatives. They must agree to release all immature salmon under 18 inches and support attempts to reduce daily possession limit or face probable several-year shutdown of salmon fishing.


Throngs of 400- to 600-pound tuna like those shown in the aerial photograph above visited the First International Bahamas Tuna Match at Cat Cay last week, and nine three-angler teams retired 32 of them for a staggering seven-ton aggregate catch. This was in decided contrast to the three tuna taken by eight teams last September in the 14th International Tuna Cup Match at Wedgeport, Nova Scotia. The five-day-long Bahamas tournament was won by the Bahamas team of Dr. F. G. Walton Smith, John Bethel and James Robertson. They boated six tuna for a total of 2,949 pounds including the biggest of the match (and the season) a 662-pounder. Argentina followed with six slimmer fish. Puerto Rico had five tuna, Venezuela four, Mexico four, U.S. three, Peru two, and Cuba and Cat Cay one each. Despite these successes, there was no immediate intimation that the Bahamas match would supplant the recently tuna-starved Wedgeport contest. Fishing technique differs substantially between the two sites, and in addition Wedgeport has developed a truly international sporting tradition. Nonetheless, the Bahamian feast does generate speculation as to how long a tuna match can survive in the face of a famine.