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Ocean Outlook: Nov. 12, 2009

COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories are in effect today, and forecasts indicate that early-morning jigging for black rockfish and lingcod should be good. But look for stiff winds and some choppy seas from this cold front, so stay close to port for that quick run home.

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. Recreational crabbers must stay in bays until Dec. 1.

A series of minus tides after dark this week will provide clamming opportunities for those with lanterns. Recreational and commercial clam harvesting is open on the entire Oregon Coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. This includes clam harvesting on beaches and inside bays.

The entire Oregon Coast is now closed to mussel harvesting, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border.

For more information and updated closures, telephone the shellfish hotline, 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing should be good early in the morning this weekend, but a cold front that is bringing rain will cause some rough afternoon seas and stiff winds. Glow-in-the-dark jigs are working best for black rockfish and lingcod off the north jetty near the kelp lines.

Surfperch fishing remains slow because of rough surf.

COOS BAY - Crabbing remains excellent off public docks, where crabbers continue to average 10 keeper Dungeness per day. But that could slow down this weekend if rains add more fresh water to the bay. If so, move further toward the mouth.