For some, the fishing poles are being put away, like pickets waiting for the spring campaign. As leaves turn brittle and rustle, spiders spin webs through guides. Thoughts turn to waterfowl, raccoon or deer. The fair-weather angler is spent. Others relish the cool climes. Consider Mary Bergmann. She called, not to brag about the 21/2-pound bass she caught at Rocky Gorge in Maryland; instead, Bergmann wanted to praise her fiance, Fred Paul. "He caught a seven-pound, seven- ounce pike. He got a citation. Would that be something for your column?" Paul, 24, a printer from Beltsville, was tossing a crawfish toward the shore from his 14-foot jonboat in the Gorge, a place he says is "better than Canada." While he was retrieving, the rod bowed. There was no fight. "I thought I had a log." Suddenly, that "log" saw the boat and took off. "I guess the fight lasted 10 minutes," Paul said. "She scooped it, which was tedious. I couldn't believe I was bringing a fish that big in my boat." OCEAN CITY -- Sea trout are thick in Sinepuxent Inlet and off the jetties. Fishing in the canyons is at a standstill. Lots of blues are being caught with cut spot near the shoals of Ocean City and Assateague Island. The first reports of kingfish have come from Assateague Island, where cut squid is the favorite bait. CHESAPEAKE BAY -- In Tangier Sound, bottom fishing for weakfish is good. Use peeler crabs in late afernoon. In the mouth of the Potomac River, it's blues, blues and more blues. Use cutbait, hose or spoons; they'll strike. Frances McFaden said flounder are congregating in seasonal haunts at Point Lookout Hotel and in Cornfield Harbor. Because of strong winds, anglers in the Patuxent are holding close to shore. Most are trolling with rubber hoses to catch bluefish. Around Hackett's Point, in the mouth of the Severn, large weakfish will hit bucktails trimmed with pieces of soft crab. The few who offer live pencil eels are consistently netting a large rockfish or two at the Chesapeake Bay Bridges. In the Chester River area, pan-size stripers are attracted by small bucktails bounced off the bottom. Anglers at Tilghman Island are fishing the Hook, the Gooses and power plant. In the Choptank, ply the banks with fresh bait and a bluefish should come following. POTOMAC RIVER -- Crappie, bluegills and catfish are plentiful. The only problem is the wind, which plays havoc with small boats. Danny Ward, said Joe Fletcher, caught a 101/2-inch ring perch with a minnow while crappie fishing. "We don't see many around here," noted Fletcher. In the coming weeks, he said, more bass should begin to strike. As October moves on, the rental of boats on the river will become a day-by-day proposition. Meanwhile, fish for crappie around the brushpiles near Fletcher's. LAKE ANNA -- Jack Randolph said freshwater fishing is slow throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For instance, the recent striped-bass tournament left the anglers wanting. The score: Stripers 27, Anglers 0. SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Same story. WACHAPREAGUE -- Saltwater fishing is the best bet. The trout run is still on. Some boats are returning with 400 fish, but few are larger than four pounds. Most fishing is being done in 40 to 50 feet of water while bottom fishing with squid. OCCOQUAN -- Below the dam, two-pound bass seem willing to hit crankbaits. The recent spate of bluegills hitting crickets continues. OUTER BANKS -- Big trout are swarming at Oregon Inlet at night. Fish from the bridge. Local anglers say small bluefish, speckled trout, puppy drum and flounder are being caught out of Buxton. In Hatteras Inlet or