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Ocean Outlook: Oct. 29, 2009

COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect today, and some stiff winds and big swells are forecast to continue into the weekend. The seas have been rough all week, and that has kept ocean angling effort way down. Those who venture out might get in a little close-shore jigging for lingcod early in the morning, and that's been good at most ports.

For bottomfish anglers, the entire ocean is open to bottomfish fishing, not just inside the 40-fathom curve. Cabezon angling is closed from boats because the quota has been reached, but it remains open for those fishing off rocks and jetties.

The aggregate rockfish limit remains seven fish a day.

Crabbing remains very good to excellent in most bays, with good hauls of large Dungeness reported at most public docks. The ocean now is off-limits to crabbers until Dec. 1.

Recreational razor clam digging is now open along the entire Oregon coast, with bays and ocean beaches available for digging. All mussel harvest is banned from the Columbia River to the Oregon/California border.

BROOKINGS - A mix of black rockfish and lingcod were caught earlier this week, but conditions have been poor from recent stormy weather. Heavy winds and hazardous seas are expected into the weekend.

Surfperch fishing is slow, but the Winchuck beach has been best. Prawns and mussels are working best, but they'll even bite bright streamer flies.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for coho salmon has slowed in the bay, but catches still remain fair for mostly wild coho that must be released unharmed. Most of the coho have moved upstream. A few chinook are available for those trolling anchovies or spinners. Crabbing remains very good.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains excellent off public docks, where crabbers are said to be averaging 10 keeper Dungeness per day. The drop in freshwater flows into the estuary has the crabs moving around. The ocean remains closed to crabbing until Dec. 1.

The mussel harvest along Bastendorf Beach is now closed.