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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - The ocean was big and nasty Wednesday and forecasts are for it to remain rainy, windy and wavy into the weekend.

Swells are forecast anywhere from 11 feet to 16 feet through Sunday.

After it calms down for two days, look for catches of black rockfish and lingcod to be good around near-shore rock croppings. After three calm days, look for red fin surfperch right along the shore at Winchuck Beach.

The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surfperch. Yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish must be released.

The minimum length for lingcod is 22 inches, for cabezon it is 16 inches and for greenling it is 10 inches.

Crabbing was poor this week.

For sport crabbers the minimum size for dungeness crab is 5¾ inches measured in a straight line across the back immediately in front of, but not including, the points.

PORT ORFORD - The ocean was high, conditions were hazardous and fishing was poor Wednesday.

COOS BAY - Crabbing and fishing are poor in the estuary and highly unrecommended outside the jetties thanks to heavy winds that brought winter storm conditions to much of the mid-coast Wednesday.

The forecast calls for much of the same through the weekend.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing and bottomfishing turned poor amid high winds and poor water-quality conditions.

COASTWIDE - The entire coast remains open for clamming. The daily limit for razor clams is the first 15 taken regardless of size or condition.

For more information on clamming check www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.