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  • Fishing Report: April 12, 2013

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  • COASTWIDE - Decent ocean conditions today and Saturday should give locals a chance for some bottomfishing over the next two days, but look for the seas to kick up in the afternoon and end up with 9-foot swells by Saturday night.
    Those who go outside the bar will find very good near-shore lingcod fishing out of Brookings and Gold Beach. Black, white and red jigs have been working best.
    The marine aggregate limit in Oregon is seven rockfish a day. No cabezon may be kept until July. 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 crabbing. Ocean anglers have been taking advantage of the calmer waters to drop crab pots on the way to bottomfishing reefs.
    All shellfish harvesting, including mussels, is open along the Oregon Coast. 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.
    BROOKINGS - Ocean jigging has been excellent for big lingcod and rockfish at near-shore rocks along kelp lines when anglers have been able to cross the bar. Some decent bar conditions are forecast for today and Saturday mornings.
    GOLD BEACH - Surfperch fishing has been very good at spots such as Nesika Beach, but rough seas may put a damper on surf-casters this weekend. When conditions improve, surf anglers will be casting sandshrimp, scented rubber 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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