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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 said, “Fishing is decent, but expect 8- to 12-inch smallmouths. I hope all the big ones didn’t die off.”

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles () — (Route 122 east of Roanoke) Early and late hour bass fishing can be great if anglers use scented plastics around boat docks and lake points.

UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles () — (Route 6 south of Charlottesville, Scottsville) Smallmouth bass catches are fine. Tubes, jigs, grubs and streamers can do the job in rock pools and deep-water pockets behind large river boulders.

AREA 7: ATLANTIC OCEAN

MARYLAND: 153-175 miles () — (Route 50 to Ocean City) Surf anglers connect on small flounder and sea trout, kingfish, snapper bluefish and even some croakers. Sea bass are taken along with a few triggerfish and spadefish over offshore wrecks by headboat anglers. In the distant canyon waters, the blue-water fleet finds yellowfin tuna in the general Poorman”s Canyon area. The DNR’s Keith Lockwood said a lot of bluefin tuna were reported to be in the Jackspot area. The first blue marlin and several white marlin were released over the past weekend.

VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach () — Virginia Beach’s Julie Ball says if Spanish mackerel fishing is your thing, go to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The spotted fish are found around ocean front piers, along with small blues, spot, spadefish and a few keeper flounder. Rudee Inlet anglers find Taylor blues, flounder, speckled trout, puppy drum and large spot. Amberjacks are caught in and around the offshore navigational tower footers. Julie said Norfolk Canyon showed good catches of yellowfin tunas. Dolphinfish are caught as well as a few billfish. “The big news is the pending Virginia State record bluefin tuna hauled aboard the Episode, skippered by Johnny Savage. Bo Haycox of Virginia Beach fought the monster for four hours in 1,000 fathoms on the 400 line. [It weighed] 573 pounds,” she added. 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.