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  • Fishing Report: Oct. 5, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Light winds are forecast for the weekend, which should keep the surf down and bottom-fishers happy.
    The near-shore Pacific halibut fishery is open north of Humbug Mountain until the final 4,700 pounds of the quota are filled or until Oct. 31, whichever comes first.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept for the rest of 2012. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    Dungeness crab catches have been good in bays statewide, with boaters faring better than dock crabbers.
    GOLD BEACH - Trolling the bay for coho and chinook salmon has been good this week, with the exception of last weekend, when catches were somewhat of a bust. Trollers are using anchovies with green blades. Bottomfishing has been excellent this week, as relatively calm winds have helped locals get limits of black rockfish.
    BROOKINGS - The chinook season near the mouth of the Chetco River is open. Chinook fishing started very slowly but has picked up as the week has progressed. This fishery targets those large chinook headed to the Chetco to spawn this year. Lots of 14- to 18-pound fish are in the mix. Large anchovies skipped along the sand should work well.
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