Whether fishing from boat, bank or boogie board, anglers have been taking advantage of calm seas and mild winter weather to deck a myriad of trophies. Above, a quillback rockfish brought a smile to the face of a fisherman who sailed with Dockside Charters. The quillback’s venomous spines, while not particularly toxic to humans, deserve respect and careful handling because they can inflict pain. Right, a spear fisherman gets ready to swim into Depoe Bay, whose rocky reefs are home to lingcod, sea bass and other varieties of game fish. According to an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife report, winter is “prime time” for spearfishing in Oregon as visibility improves to 15 feet or better. In addition, lingcod are moving into shallower waters to breed.For the complete article see the 01-24-2014 issue.
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