COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see stiff winds and choppy seas this weekend as they stalk bottomfish off most ports and chinook salmon off the mouth of the Chetco River. Winds up to 25 knots are forecast today, with seven-foot wind waves, and Saturday calls for 20-knot winds out of the north with five-foot wind waves. Sunday will see 15-knot winds and five-foot wind waves.
Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod....
GOLD BEACH — When my rod tip pulsed toward the surface of the lower Rogue River bay in earnest, I reared back expecting to feel a hefty fall chinook salmon chugging downstream and hunkering down for a fight for its life.
The fish cartwheeled skyward and finished with the signature splash of yet another wild coho salmon. Now, instead of 20 pounds of prime chinook fillets on the line, it was nothing but an anchovy stealer destined for release as required for wild Rogue...
COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see decent winds and seas through the weekend that will allow for bottomfishing trips for those doing some near-shore jigging. Ten-knot winds and four-foot swells are forecast for today, followed by winds up to 20 knots but just four-foot wind waves Saturday. Sunday will see winds of 10 to 15 knots and four-foot wind waves.
Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains very good.
WHITE CITY — As he lays a long cast across an upper Rogue River riffle and watches his big, purple streamer sink beneath the surface, Ray Ball knows he's in the swing of things.
The line and fly cut across the water in a perfect arc until they suddenly stop and a wild, watery frenzy ensues.
A fat summer steelhead leaps skyward with a triple flip that even the Russian judge would give a 9.8 score. Then just like that the steelhead comes unbuttoned and the fly line goes....
COASTWIDE: South Coast ocean anglers will see 20-knot winds and 5-foot wind waves today, with 10- to 20-knot winds and 4-foot swells through the weekend.
Near-shore jigging for black rockfish and lingcod remains very good close to shore. Anglers must stay within the 30-fathom line for bottomfishing through September. Cooler ocean currents have brought chinook and coho closer to shore, with catches better the farther north...