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Mack Arch hotspot for Brookings rockfish

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Mar 13, 2018

BROOKINGS, Ore. — The ocean calmed down over the weekend out of Brookings, Oregon, but high flows from the Chetco River forced charters and recreational boaters to head north to escape the storm runoff.

lingcodarestillLINGCOD ARE STILL being caught just over the border in Oregon, where Leiza Gomez of Central Point, Ore., holds her first ever lingcod caught March 10 during her first ever ocean charter aboard the Miss Brooke of Brookings Fishing Charters with Capt. Andy Martin.

High, muddy water from the Chetco slowed fishing and crabbing just outside of the harbor, but boats that ran north found limits of big rockfish as well as lingcod.

"It was still a little rough on Friday, so we tried to fish in close, but the storm runoff put the fish off the bite," said Capt. Andy Martin of Brookings Fishing Charters. "It was still slow near Bird Island, so we ran to Mack Arch, and the crew got quick limits of rockfish as well as the clients, and full limits of lingcod."

With the fishing so good at Mack Arch, Martin took the Miss Brooke there again on Saturday, and his six customers got full limits of rockfish in less than half an hour, and then spent a few more hours picking away at the lingcod until they limited.

"We fished deep for the rockfish, around 120 feet, and then moved in to the shallow reefs for the lingcod," Martin said. "The lings were hitting larger jigs as well as whole herring fished with banana weights."

After a gale warning on Thursday, seas dropped to 6 feet on Friday, and 3 feet over the weekend. Winds were calm. Gales are in the forecast for the early part of this week.

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