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Texas Fishing Report

J.P. GREESON, AP

Here is the weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for April 4 and also available on the Internet at http://www.txfishing.com :

CENTRAL

BASTROP: Water stained; 61-65 degrees. Black bass are good on watermelon crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are good on live bait, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

BELTON: Water murky; 63-66 degrees; 2.50' high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, and spinnerbaits. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad and silver spinnerbaits. White bass are good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and light blue jigs. Crappie are good on minnows under lights at night. Channel and blue catfish are good on stinkbait and hot dogs. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines and throwlines baited with live perch.

BROWNWOOD: Water murky; 61-64 degrees; 9.81' low. Black bass to 7 pounds are excellent on red bug spinnerbaits and Shaky heads with Grande Bass Finesse worms along rock cuts in 3-6 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass to 1.5 pounds are fair on Li'l Fishies and Rat-L-Traps under lights at night. Crappie are excellent on minnows over brush piles in 16-25 feet, and at Wild Duck Marina under lighted docks in 8-15 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

BUCHANAN: Water murky; 59-63 degrees; 14.05' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Curb's jigs, black/blue JDC Skip-N-Pop topwaters, and wacky rigged watermelon Whacky Sticks in creeks and pockets. Striped bass are good drifting live bait and jigging chartreuse Curb's bucktail jigs in 20-30 feet. White bass are good vertically jigging Pirk Minnows and red shad Tiny Traps near Paradise Point. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are good on juglines and trotlines baited with live bait.

CANYON LAKE: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 7.76' low. Black bass are good on watermelon JDC grubs, green pumpkin Whacky Sticks on jigheads, and grape Scoundrel worms in 10-15 feet. Striped bass are fair vertically jigging green striper jigs and chrome Pirk Minnows. White bass are fair trolling shad and vertically jigging Pirk Minnows. Smallmouth bass are good on white Rat-L-Traps, root beer grubs, and watermelon Scoundrel worms in 8-18 feet. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

COLEMAN: Water lightly stained; 57-61 degrees; 15.84' low. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and jerkbaits. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLORADO RIVER: (At Colorado Bend State Park) No report available.

FAYETTE: Water stained. Black bass are good on shad crankbaits and watermelon a soft plastic worms over grass. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait.

GRANBURY: Water murky; 59-63 degrees; 0.33' low. Black bass are good on green pumpkin soft plastics and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on chartreuse striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Catfish are good on stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and shrimp.

GRANGER: Water murky; 63-67 degrees; 0.63' high. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits upriver. White bass are fair on small white jigs upriver near Dickerson's. Crappie are good on minnows over brushpiles in 6-15 feet. Blue catfish are very good on juglines baited with shad and Zote soap. Yellow catfish are good on live perch.

LBJ: Water clear; 59-63 degrees; 0.32' low. Black bass are good on dark red Rat-L-Traps, watermelon/chartreuse soft plastics, and pumpkin topwaters in 10-20 feet. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and Shad Raps under birds. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue Curb's crappie jigs in 6-12 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on live bait.

NAVARRO MILLS: Water stained; 67-70 degrees; 6.78' high. Black bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows at the marina. Crappie are fair on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs tipped with crappie nibbles. Channel catfish are good on shad, chicken livers, and shrimp. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are slow.

PROCTOR: Water stained; 59-63 degrees; 0.57' high. Black bass are fair on Rat-L-Traps and small crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are slow. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shad and doughbait. Yellow catfish are slow.

SOMERVILLE: Water murky; 62-65 degrees; 4.98' high. Black bass are fair on watermelon Rat-L-Traps. Hybrid striper are good on minnows and green striper jigs. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.

STILLHOUSE: Water murky; 58-62 degrees; 2.96' low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse Super Flukes. White bass are fair on minnows in 10-20 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs in 10-20 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.

TRAVIS: Water stained; 62-66 degrees; 40.49' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and chartreuse Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are good on chartreuse spinnerbaits, minnows, and perch colored Rat-L-Traps in 10-25 feet. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs in 15-25 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and fresh cutbait in 25-35 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

WALTER E. LONG: Water lightly stained. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are fair on minnows. White bass are good on minnows. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.

WHITNEY: Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 1.47' high. Lake Whitney is currently experiencing a lake-wide fish kill event, caused by golden algae. The fish kill is reportedly affecting every species of fish, however the vast majority are non-game species. Anglers considering fishing Lake Whitney should be aware of this fish kill, and plan their trip accordingly. Additional information will be released as needed. Black bass are fair on minnows. Striped bass are fair on minnows. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies. Crappie are slow. Catfish are fair on live bait.

NORTHEAST

ATHENS: Water lightly stained, 63-69 degrees; 1.21' low. Black bass are good on squarebill crankbaits and Texas rigged soft plastics. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

BOB SANDLIN: Water stained; 64-70 degrees; 3.00' low. Black bass are fair to good on soft plastics, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits. Crappie are good on live minnows and jigs. White bass are good on Humdingers. Catfish are fair to good on trotlines or juglines with Redneck's Catfish Bait Soap. All boat ramps are now open.

BRIDGEPORT: Water stained; 63-69 degrees; 5.45' low. Black bass are good on black neon soft plastics and bladed jigs around shallow cover. Good bite reported on Jackall ASKA 60 squarebills in TN Shad midday along shallow points. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on slabs (best action midday). Channel catfish are fair on cut and prepared bait.

CADDO: Water stained; 62-68 degrees; 1.28' high. Black bass are good on black/blue jigs and soft plastics around isolated cover. Spinnerbaits in the same areas are effective. White bass are fair on slabs. Yellow bass are good on minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

CEDAR CREEK: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 0.10' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits and black/blue finesse jigs around main lake points and into the backs of creeks. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are good on live shad. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfish are fair drifting cut shad.

COOPER: Water lightly stained; 64-70 degrees; 1.34' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse shallow crankbaits and Texas rigged craw worms later in the day. Green pumpkin soft plastics are best. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair to good on Sassy Shad and live shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait and cut bait. Doctor's Creek, Tira, and South Sulphur ramps are all open.

FAIRFIELD: Fishing has been slow since the fish kill in September of 2010. TPWD has discontinued stocking the lake after another kill in early September 2011. Redfish and black bass survived the kill in limited numbers.

FORK: Water stained; 65-71 degrees; 1.91' low. Black bass are good on soft plastic baits. Shallow crankbaits on windy points are working well later in the day. Spawning fish are being reported on beds. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad and prepared bait.

GRAPEVINE: Water lightly stained; 63-69 degrees; 4.71' high. Black bass are good on watermelon Texas rigged worms, watermelon finesse jigs, spinnerbaits, and Jackall ASKA crankbaits along main lake points. Crappie are good on minnows. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut shad. Due to high water some ramps are temporarily closed.

JOE POOL: Water lightly stained; 63-69 degrees; 1.77' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, spinnerbaits, and smaller jigs - midday bite has been best. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair to good on prepared baits.

LAKE O' THE PINES: Water lightly stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.49' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, spinnerbaits and shallow crankbaits along main lake points. Isolated cover is the key. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on cut shad.

LAVON: Water lightly stained; 63-69 degrees; 1.33' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, black/brown jigs and squarebill crankbaits. White bass are good on slabs. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around bridge columns. Catfish are good on cut shad and nightcrawlers.

LEWISVILLE: Water stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.77' high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits along main lake points. Larger rock along main lake points producing as well. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are good on slabs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and Sassy Shad. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

MARTIN CREEK: Water fairly clear; 4.03' low. No report available.

MONTICELLO: Water fairly clear; 79-88 degrees; 0.51' high. Black bass are fair on squarebill crankbaits, weightless Senkos, chatterbaits and Texas rigged creature baits on shallow wood cover. The shallow bite is best early in the morning with occasional schooling reported. No reports on crappie. Catfish are fair on live shiners.

PALESTINE: Water stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.57' high. Black bass are good on black and blue jigs, Texas rigged soft plastics and bladed jigs. The jig bite is consistent around docks that have deeper water as well as isolated cover along points. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs, Sassy Shad and live shad. White bass are fair to good on slabs and minnows. Catfish are good on prepared bait.

RAY HUBBARD: Water lightly stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.20' low. Black bass are good on Texas rigged creature baits, squarebill crankbaits and medium crankbaits. Swim jigs are good around rip rap also. Crappie are fair on minnows and Road Runners. White bass are excellent on humps in 17-23 feet with hybrids mixed in. Catfish are good on prepared baits.

RAY ROBERTS: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 0.56' high. Black bass are very good on watermelon/red 5" YUM Dingers fished slow around outside edge of shoreline grass. Crappie are good on minnows in backs of creeks. White bass are good on slabs in 15-20 feet of water on humps and points toward the mouths of major creeks. Catfish are good around baited holes on Danny Kings punch bait.

RICHLAND CHAMBERS: Water stained; 63-69 degrees; 0.29' high. Black bass are good on creature baits around docks. Squarebill crankbaits are producing numbers as well. White bass are fair on slabs and live shad. Hybrid striper are fair on slabs and live shad. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

TAWAKONI: Water stained; 64-70 degrees; 0.40' high. Black bass are good on black/blue Firewater ½-oz. jigs and sun perch color chatter jigs. Crappie are fair on 1/16-oz. curl tail grubs and small minnows on docks, bridge pilings and deep timber. White bass are excellent on white SSS Slabs and tailspins - schooling on points early and late. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on 4" to 6" white or shad pattern Sassy Shad in the shallows early then suspending deep during the day - drifting live bait is also producing. Catfish are excellent in deep water drifting cut bait and fresh shad.

TEXOMA: Water stained; 63-69 degrees; 0.84' high. The Blue-Green Algae alert has been downgraded to an advisory. Bodily contact with water is no longer prohibited. It is now just discouraged. Please check www.swt.usace.army.mil/ prior to planning a trip to Texoma. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and medium crankbaits along main lake points. Striped bass and hybrid striper are good on slabs. No report on catfish.

WEATHERFORD: Water stained; 63-68 degrees; 0.04' high. Black bass are slow on shallow crankbaits and Texas rig creature baits - target any shallow cover. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs in. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and cut shad. White bass are fair on slabs and live minnows.

WRIGHT PATMAN: Water stained; 63-70 degrees; 11.06' high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged worms, shallow crankbaits and chatterbaits along main lake points. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on cut shad and prepared bait.

SOUTH

AMISTAD: Water clear; 65-70 degrees; 20.29' low. Black bass are very good on jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs. White bass are fair on jigging spoons, minnows, white grubs, and small crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on jigging spoons, minnows, white grubs, and small crankbaits. Catfish are good on cheesebait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers over baited holes in 12-15 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines, throwlines, and droplines baited with live perch. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

BRAUNIG: Water clear. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Striped bass are fair on liver and perch near Dead Tree Point. Redfish are slow. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp, cheesebait, and cutbait.

CALAVERAS: Water clear. Black bass are fair on minnows over grass. Striped bass are fair on spoons and chicken livers near the dam. Redfish are slow. Channel catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and cheesebait. Blue catfish are good on cutbait and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.

CHOKE CANYON: Water clear; 61-65 degrees; 12.39' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits, and soft plastics. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait and shrimp in 10-25 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.

COLETO CREEK: Water fairly clear; 1.64' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs in 10-12 feet. Channel and blue catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

FALCON: Water stained north, clear from marker 12 south; 66-70 degrees; 20.97' low. Black bass are good on watermelon and chartreuse soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are very good on minnows. Channel and blue catfish are very good on frozen shrimp, stinkbait, nightcrawlers, and cutbait. Yellow catfish are slow. Everyone in a boat must have a Mexico fishing license (if fishing the Mexico side) whether fishing or not.

SOUTHEAST

CONROE: Water fairly clear; 60-64 degrees; 2.25' low. Black bass are fair on black/blue spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics in 10-20 feet. Striped bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Catfish are fair on bloodbait and shrimp.

GIBBONS CREEK: Water clear. Black bass are fair on pumpkinseed Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics. Crappie are fair on minnows and pink tube jigs. Catfish are good on hot dogs and frozen shrimp.

HOUSTON COUNTY: Water stained; 66-70 degrees; 0.44' high. Black bass are excellent on watermelon red soft plastic worms near the marina in 5 feet, and on watermelon red lizards near Paradise Island in 4 feet. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs around docks and brush. Red ear bream are slow. Channel and blue catfish are very good on trotlines baited with beef hearts, cut shad, and chicken livers.

LIVINGSTON: Water fairly clear; 64-68 degrees; 1.51' high. Black bass are good on watermelon buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are fair on live shad. White bass are good on Rat-L-Traps and Li'l Fishies. Crappie are good on minnows. Blue catfish are good on shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live bait.

SAM RAYBURN: Water lightly stained; 62-66 degrees; 1.44' low. Black bass are good on watermelon Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits over grass on main lake flats. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue tube jigs. Catfish are fair on doughbait and nightcrawlers.

STEINHAGEN: 1.53' high. No report available.

TOLEDO BEND: Water stained; 61-64 degrees; 1.19' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps. Striped bass are slow. White bass are good on spoons and silver slabs. Crappie are fair on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are slow.

PANHANDLE

GREENBELT: Water stained; 64-68 degrees; 37.96' low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, spinnerbaits and Texas rigs. Crappie are fair on live and minnows. The Old Marina Point ramp is still open.

MACKENZIE: Water stained; 63-67 degrees; 86.47' low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, wacky rigs, finesse jigs and chatterbaits. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Ramp (hash)1 is still open.

MEREDITH: 98' low. No report available.

PALO DURO: 47.13' low. No report available.

WEST

ALAN HENRY: Water lightly stained; 64-68 degrees; 8.5' low. Black are fair on swim jigs, Texas rigs and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and prepared bait.

ARROWHEAD: Water off color; 63-69 degrees; 8.01' low. Black bass are fair on spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps, squarebill crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. White bass are good on Road Runners and minnows. Blue catfish are good on live shad.

COLORADO CITY: 18.13' low. No report available.

FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water clear; 65-69 degrees; 9.89' low. Black bass are fair to good on Texas rigs, shallow running crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps and spinnerbaits. Crappie are fair on live minnows. White bass are fair to good on minnows and Rooster Tails. Catfish are fair on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

HUBBARD CREEK: 65-69 degrees; 14.09' low. Black bass are fair to good on jigs, finesse spinnerbaits, Texas rigs and shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair to good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.

NASWORTHY: No report available.

OAK CREEK: Water stained; 65-71 degrees; 14.71' low. Black bass are fair to good on squarebill crankbaits, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and live minnows and jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

O.H. IVIE: Water stained; 66-71 degrees; 39.66' low. Black bass are fair to good on Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigs, jigs and swim jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on tail spinners and live bait. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

POSSUM KINGDOM: Water fairly clear; 66-70 degrees; 6.36' low. Black bass are fair on Texas rigs, jigs and medium or shallow running crankbaits. Crappie are fair to good on minnows and jigs. White bass are fair to good on shiners and Road Runners. Striped bass are fair on live shad. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers.

SPENCE: 84' low. No report available.

STAMFORD: 3.45' low. No report available.

SWEETWATER: Water murky; 65-69 degrees; 14.23' low. Black bass are fair on Senkos, Texas rigs, Rat-L-Traps and jigs. Crappie are fair on jigs and minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

WHITE RIVER: Water stained; 64-69 degrees; 25.23' low. Black bass are fair on finesse jigs, Texas rigs, spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are fair on live minnows. Catfish are fair on prepared bait and nightcrawlers.

COASTAL

NORTH SABINE: Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. Redfish are good in the marsh.

SOUTH SABINE: Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on live shrimp. Trout are fair to good around Blue Buck Point on topwaters and live shrimp. Better trout are beginning to show at the jetty.

BOLIVAR: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on soft plastics and plugs. Black drum and redfish are good at Rollover Pass.

TRINITY BAY: Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on plastics and Corkies. Trout are fair for waders on the east shoreline. Redfish are fair on the north shoreline.

EAST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good on the south shoreline on Catch 5s, MirrOlures and topwaters. Whiting and sand trout are good on the edge of the Intracoastal on fresh shrimp. Black drum are fair to good in the Ship Channel on crabs.

WEST GALVESTON BAY: Trout are fair to good for drifters working shell on live shrimp. Trout, sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and croakers. Redfish are good in the back lakes on shrimp and Gulps.

TEXAS CITY: Redfish are fair to good in Moses Lake on shrimp. Trout are fair on the reefs on live bait when the wind allows.

FREEPORT: Trout are fair at San Luis Pass on live bait. Sand trout, trout, redfish and sheepshead are good on live shrimp on the reefs in Christmas Bay and at the jetties.

EAST MATAGORDA BAY: Trout are fair to good over humps of shell on live shrimp. Redfish are fair to good on the edge of the Intracoastal on crabs and mullet.

WEST MATAGORDA BAY: Redfish are fair to good on the edge of Oyster Lake on shrimp and crabs. Black drum and redfish are fair to good at the jetty on crabs.

PORT O'CONNOR: Trout and redfish are fair on soft plastics over sand and grass near Grass Island. Trout and redfish are fair for drifters working the back lakes with live shrimp. ROCKPORT: Black drum are good in the Lydia Ann Channel on crabs. Redfish are fair to good on the Estes Flats on mullet and crabs.

PORT ARANSAS: Redfish are fair to good at East Flats on gold spoons and small topwaters. Redfish, trout and sheepshead are fair to good at the jetty on shrimp.

CORPUS CHRISTI: Trout are fair to good on the edge of the spoils on Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair to good in the Packery Channel on crabs.

BAFFIN BAY: Trout are fair to good in the guts and around the rocks on Bass Assassins, Trout Killers, Gamblers and Sand Eels. Trout are fair to good in the Land Cut on live shrimp.

PORT MANSFIELD: Trout are fair to good on topwaters around sand and grass and along the dropoff of the ICW. Redfish are fair to good while drifting pot holes. Black drum and redfish are good on crabs at East Cut.

SOUTH PADRE: Trout are good around the spoil islands, channel edges and color changes on DOA Shrimp, Gulps and live shrimp. Black drum and redfish are fair at the jetty on crabs and shrimp.

PORT ISABEL: Trout and redfish are fair to good at Gas Well Flats on live shrimp. Redfish are fair in South Bay on DOA Shrimp and live shrimp. Trout are good on the flats on Gulps and live shrimp.

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