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June 28, 2002|By AL KALIN, Staff Columnist

Despite algae blooms killing large corvina all around the Salton Sea, fishing continues to be good for fishermen who know where to look.

The top bait for fisherman this week has been live tilapia, when they can be found, and swim baits.

Large areas of green water have meant fishermen have had to drive around looking for the oxygen-rich brown-colored water before they can catch any fish.

Shore fishermen continue to do well while fishing early in the morning from the dikes at the end of Lack Road. Swim baits, wild-eye shad and swimmers continue to be top producers. Small baitfish near the shore seem to be holding the large corvina in the area.

It's thrilling to watch corvina push the baitfish to the surface, after which pelicans dive on the small baitfish pushing them back down to the corvina. More birds seem to be arriving daily to feed on the small fish.

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Large croaker and tilapia are still absent from the scene as fishermen continue to wonder if they will ever make an appearance.

Fishermen launching from Red Hill Marina are doing well and many are boating limits while fishing off the old Red Hill jetty with swim baits, live tilapia and frozen mudsuckers.

While driving along the Lack Road dikes near shallow water less than 2 feet deep, I noticed large boils as huge corvina feed on smaller fish in the shallows. On Saturday I stopped and cast to where I saw a corvina boil and was rewarded with a vicious strike and a run of at least 145 yards. I know it was at least that long because that was how much line my reel held as the gigantic corvina spooled me and headed for Palm Springs. Many fishermen don't realize these big monsters will feed in water so shallow their backs stick out of the water at times.

If you would like to report your day afield, Al Kalin can be reached on the Internet at akalin@quix.net

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