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Ocean Outlook: Nov. 5, 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 down to almost nothing.

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 lack of recent rains have kept good salinity levels in bays, and that keeps the Dungeness hanging around. The ocean now is off-limits to crabbers until Dec. 1.

Recreational razor clam digging is open along the entire Oregon coast, with bays and ocean beaches available for clamming. All mussel harvest is banned from the Columbia River to the Oregon/California border. A very good series of very low tides, called minus tides, are on the coast this week. Check a tide book for whichever port you visit because tide times fluctuate between ports.

BROOKINGS - Bad conditions have made for poor bottomfishing catches, except for a few black rockfish and the occasional lingcod caught just off the north jetty early in the morning.

Surfperch fishing remains slow because of rough surf.

WINCHESTER BAY - Fishing for coho salmon has slowed in the bay, but a few wild coho remain. They must be released unharmed if caught. Most of the coho have moved upstream. A few chinook are available for those trolling anchovies or spinners. Crabbing remains very good thanks to a lack of rain this week.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains excellent off public docks, where crabbers continue to average 10 keeper Dungeness per day.

The mussel harvest along Bastendorf Beach remains closed.