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Lingcod action heats up in Brookings

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 05, 2019

BROOKINGS, Ore. — Calmer weather allowed charter boats and private boaters to get out of Brookings, Oregon, over the weekend, just in time for the improving lingcod action.

Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters said the lingcod bite was fast and furious north of Brookings. The Miss Brooke had six anglers on Saturday, with full limits of jumbo rockfish and near limits of lingcod.

lingcodarefairLINGCOD ARE FAIR game across the Oregon border, where Daisy Cruz of Grants Pass, Ore., caught her lingcod caught March 2 aboard the Miss Brooke of Brookings Fishing Charters.

"We kept 10 lingcod for six people and released another half a dozen," Martin said. "All of the lingcod were caught on rockfish rigs, mainly shrimpflies and PLine Lazer Minnows."

Martin said the lingcod have moved into shallow water to spawn. "None of the lings we filleted had spawned yet, so that means they will be in shallow for a while," Martin said. "They are usually guarding the nests for eight weeks, so the smaller males will be around for a while. We should have a great lingcod bit well into May."

Fishing for rockfish close to the Port of Brookings remains slow, Martin said, because of fresh water pouring into the ocean from the Chetco River. "You need to go at least to Bird Island to get away from the river water," Martin said. "The further north the better."

PLine Farallon Feathers and shrimpflies are working best for the rockfish, Martin said. Purple and black continue to work well.

Nathan Cruz of Grants Pass, Ore., caught a 14-pound lingcod aboard the Miss Brooke on Saturday. Josh Miller of Cave Junction, Ore., caught a 13 pounder.

Anglers fishing from the beaches around Brookings are catching surfperch on Gulp! sandworms. The Crissy Field Welcome Center and port beach are both producing fish. Relatively calm weather is expected through the week near Brookings.

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