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  • Fishing Report: Feb. 8, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Stiff winds and choppy seas have the South Coast locked into a small-craft advisory through tonight, and 5-foot wind waves are forecast for Saturday, but things should start to settle down a little Sunday. That likely will keep anglers off the ocean through the weekend.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day, and no cabezon may be kept until July. Retention of cabezon is allowed July 1 through Sept. 30. The lingcod limit is two a day with a 22-inch minimum, and that is separate from the marine aggregate.
    The ocean is open to sport and commercial crabbers. Dungeness catches have been good again in bays, and look for very good winter crabbing conditions into early next week because no significant rains are forecast. Charleston has the best public crabbing off docks.
    Mussel harvesting is open from the Columbia River to Cape Arago in Coos County, but a closure is in effect from Cape Arago to the California border because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxin. All other shellfish harvesting is open from the Columbia River to the California border.
    Eating whole, recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended, however. Coastal scallops are not affected by toxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. If you don't know what an adductor muscle is, don't eat scallops.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing turned on at Nesika Beach this past week, with surf anglers casting sand shrimp, fake crayfish and clam necks for some nice redtails. Fish both sides of the high tide, with the last hour of the incoming tide often best. Keep your eyes open for sneaker waves.
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