'TIS THE SEASON FOR ELLIS'S TWELVE DAYS CHRISTMAS

December 12, 2008 11:00 pm

Fishing report by Larry Ellis

Get ready – the metalheads are coming.

There are a string of storms heading our way, and from the looks of the satellite imagery, a whopper should be about ready to hit us this weekend if it hasn't already.

The one low-pressure system I've been keeping my eye on looks like 3 combined together, and there are some other storms working their way down from the Aleutians as well.

So get your plunking and driftfishing gear ready because the river will be a-raising.

As far as the fishing went last week, the Chetco was too low to effectively fish and the Rogue was at 1,770 cfs (cubic feet per second), which is extremely low for that system.

According to Jim Carey from the Rogue Outdoor Store, plunkers were able to catch a few steelhead, but the water was so gin-clear you could see them long before you got to the river. And if you can see them, believe me, they can see you right back.

Meanwhile the ocean was flat enough for several groups of anglers to do a little bottomfishing.

According to Kathy Ramsay from Sporthaven Marina, the lingcod bite was an "on again-off again" scenario, where anglers would get into some pretty hefty lingasaurs one day, but couldn't get them to open their mouths the next.

The rockfish bite was very good when you could get out, with anglers limiting out using shrimp flies, twin-tail plastics and leadfish. Whole anchovies or herring fished on the bottom using a mooching rig was also productive.

A lot of effort went into crabbing last week with many crabbers partial-limiting the dungies in 25 to 50 feet of water.

Crabbing at the pier on the south jetty also saw some good moments. Al Eubank, a Brookings winter resident managed 4 nice keeper crab on Wednesday. When I saw Al on Thursday he had released several crab that were barely undersize.

With only 11 days left until Christmas, you can't go anywhere without hearing Christmas Carols playing in the background.

Everyone knows what it's like to get a song stuck in their head that they can't get out. That was me last week.

People often look at my desk and comment on how messy it is, but just like Kurt Vonnegut, I just point to my head several times and tell them, "If you think that's messy, you should see what it's like in here!" The following song constantly changed lyrics every time it started over. At its last rendition it went something like this:

ELLIS'S TWELVE DAYS

OF CHRISTMAS

(Sung in the key of S)

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

A Hungarian partridge in a fir tree (note to self: the limit is 8; 16 in possession).

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

Two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

Three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

8 chuckar chucking , 7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

9 pheasants whirring, 8 chuckar chucking 7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

10 quail a flushing, 9 pheasants whirring, 8 chuckar chucking, 7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, 3 Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

11 grouse a grazing, 10 quail a flushing, 9 pheasants whirring, 8 chuckar chucking, 7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves and a Hungarian partridge in a fir tree.

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME

12 motion Decoys, 11 grouse a grazing, 10 quail a flushing, 9 pheasants whirring, 8 chuckar chucking, 7 mallards quacking, 6 geese a honking

FIVE GOLDEN RETREIVERS

Four pop-up blinds, three Benelli shotguns, two mourning doves

AND A HUNGARIAN PARTRIDGE IN A FIR TREE.

What, no shotgun shells? In retrospect, I should have made this ditty a baker's dozen. Oh no, the song's starting over again!

Tight lines!