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Bottom and baitfish plentiful

Ron Vogel (left) and Adam Bogner, both from Brookings found a good grade of black rockfish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Wednesday.

It’s one thing to have a good salmon prediction — it’s another to have baitfish around to keep them in the local area.  Although the switch on ocean Chinook has yet to be flipped, when they finally do arrive, there will be no problem with them taking up residency.

There is so much baitfish just a hundred yards off all the beaches near the Port of Brookings Harbor, it’s ridiculous. Everywhere you go, pelicans can be seen dive-bombing schools of baitfish, whether they are smelt, herring, shad or sardines.


1,200 people expected at Azalea Park today for relay race festivities

A runner gets a high-five at a checkpoint near the Bridgeview Winery in Cave Junction on Friday. Photo courtesy of Teri Smith

Approximately, 1,200 people, including 900 runners, are expected at Azalea Park on Saturday as the Wild Rogue Relay holds its closing festivities in Brookings for the first time in the race’s history.

“The City of Brookings was interested in having us and the location provided us with some growh potential,” said race director Jim Brendle, citing the city’s infrastructure and the size of Azalea Park as key factors in the move from the race’s previous finish line location, the Curry County Fairgrounds.

The move meant that logistically, Brendle and city parks and recreation director Tony Baron had much to do in order to get the city and park ready to accomodate the influx of runners.


Acid levels keep razor clamming closed; crabbing remains open

ASTORIA — With concentrations of domoic acid reaching levels not seen since 1998, ODFW shellfish biologists see no possibility that razor clamming on Oregon’s most popular beaches will re-open before the annual conservation closure on Clatsop beaches begins on July 15.

Razor clamming along the entire Oregon coast has been closed since May 14 due to high concentration of domoic acid. The Clatsop beaches, home to 90 percent of Oregon’s razor clam harvest, close every year in mid-July to allow newly-set young clams to establish themselves.



2015 PIstol River Wave Bash: Historic rides to take pro titles

Morocco’s Boujmaa Guilloul scored a perfect 10-point wave en route to a victory over current tour points leader, Camille Juban, in the final heat of the men’s pro division. Photo by Mark Hapur/American Windsurfing Tour.

The final day of competition at the Pistol River Wave Bash turned out to be the most memorable in the event’s six-year history — with one pro pulling off a perfect wave en route to a victory over the current tour leader and another reaching deep into her bag of tricks to upset a five-time Wave Bash champion.


Wave Bash’s impact can be felt near and far

For a few blustery days each June, the world’s windsurfing stage veers toward Eagle Rock, on the Pistol River shoreline. 

“Everyone loves to come here and sail, to rip it up, to take advantage of what we have,” Harbor native Luke Mathison said. “It’s a big playground.”


All-Stars named at closing ceremonies

The Brookings-Harbor Little League will be sending three all-star teams to play in post-season competition beginning June 18 in Grants Pass.

During Saturday’s closing ceremony festivities, all-star teams were named for Minor League baseball, Intermidiate baseball, and the Minor League softball divisions.


Bruins camp puts the fun in fundamentals

Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins basketball coach Buell Gonzales Jr. leads campers through drills during the BHHS “Fun”damentals Basketball Camp on Friday.

Brookings-Harbor High School players and coaches hosted several budding basketball stars at last week’s BHHS “Fun”damentals Basketball Camp at the Kalmiopsis Elementary School gymnasium.


Baitfish thrills anglers at Brookings-Harbor

Roland Hart from Stockton (shown) and his friend Howard Jones of Sporthaven Marina Bar and Grill both fished out of the Port of Brookings Harbor with Captain Jim Bithell of Charthouse Sportfishing on Tuesday when the two anglers limited out on rockfish and lingcod. Photo by Larry Ellis.

Last week, sardines, herring, smelt and American shad were being caught in copious quantities by anglers at the crab pier on the south jetty at the Port of Brookings Harbor, and anglers are all using sabiki rigs to catch them.

A sabiki rig is not a brand name, but a generalized name denoting a type of baitfish rig commonly used to catch herring and sardines.  They go by numerous brand names, but they all consist of at least six very small hooks.

Some sabiki rigs have wings and others only have colored beads.  Sometimes you will find that the baitfish will hit the rigs with wings, while on other days, they seem to go for the beaded varieties.


Big surf, strong winds make for great competition

A windsurfer grabs some air during Wednesday's competition at the 2015 Pistol River Wave Bash. Photo by Mike Perry.

With strong wind gusts, big surf swells and plenty of sunshine the weather at the 2015 Pistol River Wave Bash has been perfect for the throngs of professional and amateur windsurfers competing at this year’s event.

“It’s been incredible,” said Russ Faurot, a 10-year pro rider based in Maui. “It’s extreme conditions. We’ve had 30-knot winds, 40-knot gusts and 10-foot wave faces — even bigger occasionally.”


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