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SHENANDOAH RIVER: 75-85 miles (..) — From the Route 340, Front Royal, Luray and Bentonville stretches, river specialist Dick Fox reports, “I hit the river, but fishing was slow. Caught more largemouth than smallmouth bass.”

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: 210 miles (…) — (Route 122, east of Roanoke) A recent bass tournament here saw three-day catches exceed 50 pounds, which is unusual for this lake.

UPPER JAMES RIVER: 130 miles (…) — (Route 6, south of Charlottesville, Scottsville) Good smallmouth bass catches are reported by floaters, waders and shoreline casters.

AREA 7: ATLANTIC OCEAN

MARYLAND: 153-175 miles (…) — (Route 50 to Ocean City) The DNR’s Keith Lockwood reports flounder, sea trout, bluefish, striped bass and blowfish are showing up with regularity now. Big rockfish are occasionally hooked by surf fishermen, but sharks are more numerous. Offshore boaters find sharks, including tasty makos, past the Jackspot and out to the canyon waters, where bluefin and yellowfin tunas are also hooked.

VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach (…) — Virginia Beach’s Julie Ball says big bull redfish are hooked around Fisherman’s Island, close to the mouth of the bay. Norfolk spot showed up in Rudee Inlet, with fish up to 14-ounces hitting bloodworms and Fishbites. “Keeper flounder and Taylor blues are also still available within the inlet, [and] pier anglers along the ocean front are picking through a few small flounder, small croaker and bluefish. Anglers trolling off Cape Henry are now catching decent Spanish mackerel, along with bluefish,” she said. The Chesapeake Light Tower holds fine spadefish. Offshore areas deliver catches of yellowfin tuna and dolphin. Carolina waters are still yielding yellowfin tuna catches, gaffer dolphin and some blue marlin and sailfish.

{bullet}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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