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  • Fishing Report: Nov. 23, 2012

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  • COASTWIDE - Another weekend of high surf is in the forecast, with 10-foot or larger seas into next week as yet another series of storms move in.
    The ocean is now off-limits to sport crabbing through November. Sport crabbing will open in the ocean Dec. 1 despite a recent declaration that commercial crabbing will be delayed in the ocean until Dec. 15 because of poor meat quality in offshore Dungeness.
    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 plummeted this week thanks to heavy inflows of fresh water into bays and even flooding in places such as the Chetco and Coquille rivers. That pushes Dungeness out to sea in search of saltier water. Look for poor crabbing in bays throughout most or all of the next week.
    GOLD BEACH - Rain and wind has blown the bay fishery away for now, as well as in the stretches upriver of the estuary. Perch fishing has been poor.
    BROOKINGS - Bay effort is nonexistent thanks to flood levels on the Chetco earlier this week.
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