Ideal opportunities for anglers

By Larry Ellis, fishing columnist April 19, 2013 07:22 pm

Fishing is all about windows of fishing opportunity, which occurred last week and will be highlighting this week’s fishing prospects in the Brookings area.

Last week for instance, the National Weather Service called for steep swells and high winds in the local area, yet a few boaters were still able to experience some excellent fishing action in a three-hour window that occurred in the morning directly outside the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Anglers taking advantage of that narrow window were able to limit or nearly-limit out on some nice lingcod and larger-than-average-size black rockfish, but only if they were on the ocean at first light and were making tracks back to port before 10 a.m. when the winds kicked up.

There is a very good chance that the ocean will be behaving the same way today through Monday. The forecast calls for 2-foot swells with winds ranging between 8 and 13 knots, so there may be a good chance that a choice window of fishing opportunity could happen at first light and until 8, 9 or 10 a.m., and for anglers venturing no more than one-quarter mile from the north and south jetty jaws.

If that window does indeed open, anglers will also have some ideal tides to fish. There is nothing better than an incoming tide before the peak of high tide occurring early in the morning. Today, high tide is going to peak at 7:50 a.m., so a good ocean bite could take place for about one hour if a person hits the ocean at 7 a.m.

On Sunday, the window may widen for an even longer period, with high tide occurring at 8:55 a.m. If the ocean is fairly flat directly outside the bar, anglers should be able to squeeze in two hours of prime fishing time.

On Monday, high tide is predicted to peak at 9:55 a.m. This should give anglers a three-hour window of ideal fishing conditions.

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If the bar is too windy to cross in the morning, anglers will still be able to take advantage of some excellent surfperch fishing, like the kind that occurred last week, when fishermen brought in calico, striped and redtail surfperch limits to the Port of Brookings Harbor fillet tables.

Surf-fishermen couldn’t order a better set of surfperch-fishing tides than what Mother Ocean is offering this coming week. Guaranteed, surfperch will be digging in the whitewater on the incoming tide through the peak of high tide. You will want to be at your beach of choice at least three hours before the peak of high tide, and be ready to make your first cast, which makes Monday the first ideal day to fish for surfperch.

The fishing should keep getting better every day into the week. On Tuesday, high tide peaks at 10:46 a.m., and on Wednesday, high tide peaks at 11:36 a.m. On Thursday, high tide is at 12:25 p.m. and on Friday, the peak of high tide is at 1:15 p.m.

The best bait has been small pieces of raw shrimp. You’ll want to tie a pyramid sinker ranging from 4 to 6 ounces to the bottom of your line which should be no lighter than 20-pound test monofilament. Tie between two dropper loops spaced 18-inches from each other and put a size 6 snelled leader inside each loop.

Remember that surfperch are often very close to shore. Many anglers make a mistake of casting their rigs out too far, so if you don’t get bit within 10 minutes, reel your setup in a few cranks and wait another 5 minutes. Keep repeating this procedure until you hit pay dirt.

Large redtail surfperch are still being caught down the beach from the Nesika Beach Rest Stop.

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Springer fishing on the lower Rogue has been moderately mediocre at best with one or two guides limiting out each day.

Get ready. There are only 11 days left until the opening of the ocean salmon season!

Tight lines!