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Unseasonal salmon action awes veteran fisherman

Jordan Personius (left) of Grants Pass caught this 27-pound lingcod and Pacific halibut one week ago Friday May 16 while ODFW port samplers were being inundated with Chinook salmon flooding into the Port of Brookings Fillet station on Saturday May 17.

It may be too soon to tell, but I think that somebody may have under-predicted this year’s ocean salmon forecast for Sacramento River kings.

Generally speaking, May is not considered a robust month for catching Chinook in the ocean.

I may know that, and the commercial and recreational sport fishing fleet may know that, but judging by last week’s flurry of fast-and-furious fish festivities, the salmon definitely did not know that.


Panther baseball sweeps Bonanza to claim league title

Members of the 2014 2A/1A-SD5 league champion Gold Beach Panthers (from left to right); C.J. Maxwell, Garrett Littrell, Dustin Carter, Tanner Sharp, Colton Maxwell and Brandon Hensley.

Two seasons ago, the Gold Beach Panthers baseball team amassed only one win in a dreadful 1-14 season. Panther head coach Greg Brown told his team at the end of that season that there was going to be no more quitting. Win or lose, they would keep competing and keep fighting. Brown’s players bought into that concept, earning a respectable 13-9 record last season and now, just two season later, are league champions.


BHHS baseball and softball play-in opponents set

BHHS stars Hannah Goergen (left) and Hannah Baron look to lead the Lady Bruins to a 4A State Championship.

The Brookings-Harbor High School baseball and softball teams have qualified for the play-in round of the 4A OSAA State Championship and, as of Monday morning, we know their play-in round opponents.


BHHS track and field sends 9 student-athletes to state championship

The Brookings-Harbor High School track and field team nabbed four league titles in a feverishly contested 4A-3 Far West League Championship meet this past Friday and Saturday at Siuslaw High School.

The victories not only mean a league championship but also earn athletes the right to compete at the OSAA 4A State Championships beginning Friday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.


Inspiration and perspiration

Aerobics instructor Mary Whitaker (second from left) conducts an aerobics class at Star of the Sea church on Wednesday. Whitaker has been teaching aerobics in the Brookings-Harbor area for 30 years.

Mary Whitaker is a beloved aerobics instructor who has been teaching fitness at the local branch of Southwestern Oregon Community College for more than a quarter-century. That’s why, when she informed her students that she was retiring, they became distraught and upset, fearing their favorite instructor would no longer be there to teach them. Luckily for her students, Mary meant she is retiring from her position of Curry First Stop Representative at SWOCC after nearly 25-years. She has no plans to quit teaching aerobics anytime soon.


BHHS teams finish season strong, headed to playoffs

Bruin senior outfielder/pitcher Chandler Dodd

Both the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team and softball team headed into the final two games of the season needing wins to secure playoff spots.

When the dust had settled, both teams had earned the right to contend for a 4A state championship.


KMZ anglers score salmon on opening day

Opening day of salmon season was good to several anglers, including Don Williams of Brookings who caught this 18-pound Chinook off of House Rock. Stephanie Szewc of Grants Pass also caught this 50-pound Pacific Halibut on the same day. Both anglers were ocean fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Northern California and Southern Oregon anglers fishing out of all three ports in the Klamath Management Zone (the KMZ) caught Chinook salmon of prodigious proportions on the opening day of salmon season in the ocean on Saturday, May 10. The Kong-sized kings ranged from 15 to 27 pounds, which bodes well for the rest of the season, when Chinook really put on the feedbag, adding 2 pounds or more weight a month.

Although only three Chinook were reportedly caught out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on the opener, the fishing continued to get better during the week with limits or near-limits being common on Tuesday.


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