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Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - Tuna anglers are largely stuck on shore this weekend because of stiff winds and sunny days. Tuna had been as close as 12 miles along much of the coast, and catches have been excellent.

Bottomfish anglers averaged between two and three rockfish apiece coastwide this past week. The marine bag limit remains seven fish per day in aggregate. Lingcod were harder to come by, with fewer than one in five anglers hitting a lingcod. The lingcod limit is two fish per day with a 22-inch minimum.

Coastwide, crabbers have averaged between three and four Dungeness apiece. Many male crabs have recently molted and are in the soft-shell state. Since molted crabs haven't filled out with meat, they are considered low-quality and should be returned to the water.

Recreational harvesting of mussels remains closed throughout the entire Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of PSP toxins. The entire Oregon Coast is open for clamming and catching of other shellfish. Check the shellfish hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

NEWPORT - Halibut fishing was so good off the central coast last weekend that anglers took the entire remaining Pacific halibut quota for the season, closing the all-depth and near-shore fisheries in the central coast zone.

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions are rough and likely will remain rough through the weekend. Surfperch fishing has remained good off Winchuck Beach despite the heavy surf.

COOS BAY - Tuna fishing out of Charleston had been excellent, but heavy seas and windy days are keeping tuna anglers ashore. Dock crabbers have done fairly well, with many of the males having recently molted.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow.