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Pilot columnist pens salmon fishing guide

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Pilot fishing columnist Larry Ellis will sign copies and discuss his new book ‘Buoy 10’ at a meet-and-greet from 6 to 7:30 p.m., July 27 at the Chetco Library in Brookings.

Longtime Curry Coastal Pilot fishing columnist Larry Ellis is the real deal when it comes to fishing knowledge. The venerable angler has fished the waters of the greater Pacific Northwest for several decades and knows all the ins, outs, and ups there are to know.

That’s why when Frank Amato Publications sought a writer a little over a year ago about penning a comprehensive guide to fishing salmon on the Columbia River, they chose Ellis.

 “I was quite honored to do it,” Ellis said, adding that he faced many challenges in completing the 111-page book. “One of the biggest challenges that faced me was to try and keep the reader engaged as much as possible, yet try to make the hard data meaningful. In other words, how can I present the facts and figures without boring the reader?”

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Road trip for excellent fishing action

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Dave York of Brookings hoisted up limits of large lingcod while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor last week.

I have always said that Brookings is the most strategically-located fishing city on the Oregon coastline. Allow me to explain what I mean by strategically-located.

Brookings has without a doubt what I would call the best fishing on the coast. I mean, if you want to fish for salmon, the Port of Brookings Harbor has it all.

The area also has what I believe to be, the best rockfishing and lingcod fishing on the coast. In addition, it also has some of the best surfperch fishing in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve seen enough of other coastlines to compare with Brookings.

But as in all things fishy, some years are a little more lackluster than others when regarding certain fish species. Specifically, this has not been the best ocean-fishing year that the Brookings area has experienced for Chinook salmon.

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Surfside Bruins keep getting better

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Surfside Bruins infielder Tyrah Baron, an all-league shortstop for Brookings-Harbor High School, has been impressive during the summer travel ball season. The switch-hitter has a .473 average and leads the team with 22 runs scored and three home runs.

The Surfside ASA softball team has grown accustomed to playing against older and more experienced competition over the last four years. 

Of the 12 girls on the roster, 10 girls played for the Del Norte varsity team last year as freshman and sophomores, playing against junior- and senior-laden teams. Another future Warrior is set to join the varsity next year after completing middle school.

Head coach Tony Baron said the Surfside Bruins have traditionally brought together kids from Curry and Del Norte counties, but this particular team is more Del Norte-heavy than any before and it has been that way since the team formed as a 14-and-under crew.

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County athletes thrive at state games

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Gold Beach's Jodie Lawyer competes in the shot put at the Special Olympic Oregon Summer games on July 9. Submitted photo.

Curry County athletes brought home a whopping 22 medals and a total of 35 podium appearances at the 2016 Special Olympic Oregon State Summer Games held July 9 through 10 at Newberg High School.

Local Olympians garnered eight gold, nine silver and five bronze medals at the annual event, where they compete with hundreds of athletes from across the state.

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OHA advises travelers on Zika ahead of Olympics

The Oregon Health Authority is recommending those traveling to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take steps during and after travel to prevent Zika infection.

Zika is a virus usually spread through bites from two types of Aedes mosquitoes, but it can spread from infected men to their partners through sexual contact. New evidence suggests that women may be able to transmit Zika to their sexual partners as well. Pregnant women are advised to not travel to the games or any Zika-affected area.

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ODFW: Groundfish restricted

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Limits of large rockfish and lingcod were the name of the game last week for Dave Lilienthal of Brookings, who caught his fish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

As of July 15 and through the remainder of 2016, fishing for groundfish will be restricted to the 20-fathom curve or shallower, per a decision made by ODFW on Friday.

Moving the groundfish restriction to less than 20 fathoms was based on the possibility that yelloweye rockfish could prematurely reach its harvest cap before the end of the year, a cap that was designed to last throughout the entire year.

Granted, the retention of yelloweye rockfish is prohibited in Oregon, but that fact doesn’t even enter the equation. Every released yelloweye rockfish counts against its own quota, and apparently, there have been quite a few yelloweye rockfish being hooked and released in the last few months — much more than usual.

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Lady Bruin qualifies for nationals

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It wasn’t a Rembrandt, but Abbey Schreiber will take it just the same.

The Brookings-Harbor High School track and field athlete qualified for the United States Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships by finishing fifth at a regional meet, July 7 through 10, in Seattle.

Schreiber qualified with a vault of 9-feet, 6.25-inches — good enough for the fifth and final qualifying position. 

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Rule changes incoming for high school softball/baseball

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) have adopted several rule changes for high school baseball and softball at their meeting in early June.

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