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Fishing in Coos Bay as you might have guessed is very high on the
to-do list of activities the area has to offer. First, let me
state that I am not an active saltwater fisherman, although I do
get out occasionally. I prefer freshwater fishing largely because
I'm much more educated in that area. The goal of this page
and any which may follow is merely a guide to help get you
started. This page would not have been possible without the aid
of Don. I want to thank him for
helping me organize this section into topics and for all his
words of wisdom and for sharing his fishing photographs.
Types of Species in Oregon
Due to the very cold waters which we have along the coast of
Oregon the species you find may differ from the ones which I
mention below depending just where you might be fishing.
Generally, the further south you are the warmer the water. Water
temperature is a critical factor in what fish you might find in
any area. The most common species found in this immediate area
are: Redtail Surfperch, Striped Perch, Striped Bass (rare), Red,
Brown, and Yellow Irish Lords, Flounders, Kelp Greenling, Rock
Greenling, Black Rockfish, Cabezon, Lingcod, Coho Salmon, and
"First off, terminal tackle refers to everything you attach
to the end of your line in order to catch fish. This includes
things such as hooks, sinkers, bobbers, swivels, and lures.
Anglers should have a range of hook sizes, including single hooks
as well as "bait holder" hooks, which already have a
leader, and loop attached to the end of them. There are many
styles of sinkers, and anglers should have a range of styles and
weights, from split-shots, to twist on, to flat, torpedo, and
pyramid varieties in sizes from 0.5oz. to five ounces or so.
Swivels are helpful in many instances, as are bobbers for
suspending an anchovy close to the water surface for Salmon
Lures are varied, and there are far too to many to mention here
that will yield fish. Don caught a beautiful Salmon using a 1oz.
crocodile Lure. The more popular lures that produce are fish trap
lures, spinner baits, small grubs (for Redtail Perch) and
Fishing Line: You should have a range of fishing line from 6lb test to 30lb. test. A light line is great for Redtail Perch from the shore due to the lack of obstructions, but if you are fishing in an area with rocks or other obstructions you'll need to use the higher pound test line. Fishing with a lighter line makes the fish less skittish, and it also makes for a much more fun catch. Lighter lines also cast further and I've found have a more "delicate" feel when you get a bite. In general fish the right line for the right circumstances, but beware that ocean fishing is very unpredictable and you'll never know for sure just what might hit your line at any given time.
The next section covers the most common baits which are used for your fishing adventure.