• Fishing Report: Feb. 15, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Fifteen-knot winds and some chop on the surface means it will take some decent sea legs to fish out of South Coast ports this weekend. When the seas have calmed down, anglers have been doing very well on rockfish at near-shore reefs, with some lingcod starting to show up in the catches.
    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 crab catches have been good in bays, and look for very good crabbing conditions into early next week as no significant rains are forecast until Monday. Charleston has the best public crabbing off docks.
    The Oregon Department of Agriculture has kept mussel harvesting 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 was good at Nesika Beach this week, with beach-casters tossing sandshrimp, 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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