• Fishing Report: July 27, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect through Friday, then some decent but not ideal ocean conditions are forecast for the weekend, when some small chop and relatively light winds could allow decent bottomfishing trips, particularly in the morning.
    Chinook salmon fishing has been very good out of Southern Oregon ports, and coho catches are good from central and northern ports. Crabbers working bays are catching plenty of Dungeness, but many have recently molted so their meat quantity has been somewhat light.
    Another set of morning minus tides runs today through Sunday, but early-week morning tides will be pre-dawn until Thursday.
    Halibut fishing is closed north of Humbug Mountain, but all-depth fishing will open there Aug. 3-4. South of Humbug Mountain remains open and with no quota or depth restrictions.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2013. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook bite has been good to very good for those trolling 21/2 to 4 miles offshore. Bottomfishing has been very good closer to shore. Halibut fishing had been good in 270 feet of water. Surfperch fishing remains very good in the Winchuck Beach area when the surf subsides. Clam necks and Berkley Gulp sand worms have been the most effective baits, but mussels and squid work very well, too.
    No favorable tuna reports so far.
    COOS BAY - Excellent morning clamming tides run Thursday and Friday. Very good chinook catches have been reported this week, but winds should kick up and blow tuna anglers back to shore.
    GOLD BEACH - Ocean anglers are doing well for bottomfish when they can get out. Trolling the bay has been slow even though a good number of early fall chinook are present. Surfperch fishing has been very good at the sand spit at the Rogue mouth and Nesika Beach north of town.
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