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Ocean Outlook: Nov. 19, 2009

COASTWIDE - Small-craft advisories, hazardous sea warnings and gale-wind warnings are in effect across the Oregon Coast into the weekend. When you add in the heavy rains forecast for the south coast, it looks a lot like an inland weekend for Southern Oregon anglers.

The entire ocean remains 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, when ocean crabbing resumes for sport crabbers.

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 at 1-800-448-2474.

BROOKINGS - Bottomfishing has been poor much of the week after a series of storm fronts and rains roughed up the seas and kept everyone in port.

When anglers do get out, glow-in-the-dark jigs will work well for black rockfish and lingcod off the north jetty near the kelp lines.

Surfperch fishing remains very 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 as heavy rains add fresh water to the bay. As it does, crabbers should move toward the bay mouth, but don't go past the jetty tips.