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AREA 6: WESTERN VIRGINIA

SHENANDOAH RIVER: 75-85 miles (..) — The Route 340, Front Royal, Luray and Bentonville stretches will come up with some bass. Front Royal’s Dick Fox reported, “The fishing is still OK, but the bass are kind of small. Water temperature is 82 degrees, and the river is low — perfect for wading.”

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles () — (Route 122, east of Roanoke) Night anglers have found willing rockfish and the bass catches have been fine. That’s because the water is cooler here.

UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles () — (Route 6, south of Charlottesville, Scottsville) Waders and float fishermen score on smallmouth bass early and late in the day.

AREA 7: ATLANTIC OCEAN

MARYLAND: 153-175 miles () — (Route 50 to Ocean City) The Ocean City surf turns up mostly small stuff on shrimp or squid-baited hooks. Croakers and a few flounder bite along with snapper bluefish. Headboat skippers who fish offshore wrecks return with fat seabass. Distant offshore boaters in canyon waters score on yellowfin, bluefin and bigeye tunas, scattered dolphin and wahoo.

VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach () — For charters, call the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, 757/491-8000. Ken Neill of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association has been taking whole croakers down to the South Tower and feeding them to hoards of hungry amberjack. He and friends are also catching wreckfish, blueline tilefish, blackbelly rosefish, sea bass and snowy grouper. On Monday Neill fished the Cigar area. “We had multiple tuna bites,” he said after he brought home five 60-pound yellowfin tunas. For charters, call the Virginia Beach Fishing Center, 757/491-8000.

c Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. E-mail: gmueller@washingtontimes.com.

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