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Ocean Outlook

BROOKINGS - After a few good days of bottomfishing, the ocean kicked up again Wednesday and a small-craft advisory remains in effect through tonight.

The weekend will sport 15-25 knot winds and swells too high for inland tourists to stomach.

The marine daily bag limit remains six fish (including rockfish, greenling and other marine species), two lingcod and 15 surf perch. 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.

Some red tail surf perch are being caught along the Winchuck Beach. Use clam necks, mussels or shrimp flies. Bottomfishing is slow.

Crabbing has been slow. 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 rough and a small-craft advisory remains in effect today. Crabbing is slow.

COOS BAY - Crabbing is slow in the bay and rough seas have kept crabbers from heading to the ocean.

Sturgeon fishing has slowed amid cold and clear water conditions. A small-craft advisory remains in effect through Saturday.

WINCHESTER BAY - Crabbing is slow amid cold and windy conditions in the bay. Sturgeon fishing is fair.

COASTWIDE - The entire Oregon 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 http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/.