Ocean Outlook

COASTWIDE - The tuna fishery came out of the stratosphere and down to just decent this past week, with most boats having to go 50 miles or more to find the tuna. That seriously decreased the overall catch, which had set a record the previous week.

Fishing for fin-clipped coho has been very good, with anglers coastwide averaging close to two coho per trip. Anglers in some ports have been reporting that they are releasing two wild coho for every one fin-clipped coho they catch.

Bottomfish anglers must remain within the 40-fathom curve when going after black rockfish and lingcod. The rockfish limit remains seven. The lingcod limit remains two per day with a 22-inch minimum length.

A series of morning minus tides continues through Sunday, which is good for fans of clamming. Check your tide tables.

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

BROOKINGS - Ocean conditions are forecast to be a little rough for coho fishermen, who have been slaying the fin-clipped salmon when weather conditions allow for it. Early-morning fishing is best, with most anglers going three to five miles offshore.

Surfperch fishing has slowed a bit thanks to rougher surf.

COOS BAY - Tuna anglers are running about 50 miles from shore. Crabbers are still averaging six dungeness per day. That's twice what most other ports are reporting.

WINCHESTER BAY - Sturgeon fishing is slow. Crabbers are reportedly pulling in six legal dungeness each per day.

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