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Surfperch thrill surf fishing anglers

Ginger Rogers of Merlin, Oregon and her husband limited out on a variety of surfperch while surf fishing with raw shrimp at various Brookings-area beaches on Wednesday and Thursday.

When I first started fishing the Oregon coast, I didn’t have much money to spend on gas, bait and tackle, so I quickly became privy to the kinds of fisheries where you didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg to bring home the bacon. That’s when I quickly started honing in on the most cost-effective fisheries in the ocean like surf fishing, jetty fishing and tide pool fishing.

When surfperch are biting, it is without a doubt the most cost-effective fishery on the coast, and they’re biting right now with fervor.

There are only two things you need to know about surf fishing for surfperch. Fish bite the best on an incoming tide, and they make great fish tacos.


Bruins golf receives grant from Wild Rivers Foundation

BHHS golf team head coach Gary Early (center) holds a check presented to the team by Wild Rivers Community Foundation program manager Gina Zottola (far right) on Thursday in front of BHHS. Pitcured (from left to right): BHHS athletic director Buell Gonzales II, Bruins golf team captain Sven Rodne, Early, Bruins senior golfer Alex McKee, and Zottola.

The Brookings-Harbor High School golf team received a financial boost on Thursday when they accepted a $1,400 grant from the Wild Rivers Community Foundation on behalf of the Ed and Barbara Brattain Memorial Fund on Thursday at BHHS.

“Barbara and Ed Brattain were avid golfers,” said BHHS head coach Gary Early. “He was 93 when I last saw him hit a golf ball and part of their wish was that kids would become golfers.”


Mud Run Fun

Kids of all ages enjoyed the tunnel obstacle of the Rogue River Rampage Mud Race.

 One hundred people, from pre-school to social security ages, turned out under a delightful spring sun to pit their bodies against a four-mile trail with obstacles thrown into the mix.

It’s called the Rogue River Rampage.


Panthers face first league test at Toledo

Gold Beach ace Savanna Rucker pitched a complete game on Tuesday, allowing just five hits in five innings to beat Toledo, 12-1.

After facing the Siuslaw Vikings in a doubleheader on Friday, the Gold Beach High School baseball and softball teams traveled to Toledo on Tuesday to face the Boomers in their first league game of the season.


Bruins to receive grant on Thursday

The Brookings-Harbor High School golf team will receive a big boost to their future when they accept a grant from the Wild Rivers Foundation on behalf of the Ed and Barbara Brattain Memorial Fund at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in front of Brookings-Harbor High School.


Goodbye Chetco steelhead, hello rockfish and surfperch

Mark Gasich of Harbor holds up two lingcod and some hefty black rockfish he limited out on while fishing plastics out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Thursday.

The Chetco will be closing its doors to the retention of steelhead and salmon this week one hour after sunset on Tuesday, March 31. Not that there are any salmon to be caught.  But March can often be a good month to cash in on the end of the winter steelhead run, and, by the way the river is looking, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday should all be great days to plunk, side-drift, drift-fish or pull plugs.

As of Thursday, the water had a Coke-bottle-green tinge and was at 2,900 cfs. You couldn’t have ordered better water conditions, so this is definitely your last chance at tripping the winter steelhead fantastic.


A journey of discovery and solidarity

The Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team gives an 'O' sign while on the 50-yard line at Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon. Submitted photo.

For their annual trip to the University of Oregon to play a three game set at P.K. Park, Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team head coach Keith Wallin had a specific agenda in mind.

“For us it was more of a trip to find out who we are, come together as a team, and meld all these different pieces together,” said Wallin after his team returned from winning one of three games over a two day period earlier this week. ”We are trying to find out who we are, what kind of team we will be, and how we will play together.”


Boaters urged to beware of obstructions

In the last few weeks, the Oregon State Marine Board and local Sheriff’s Office marine patrols were notified by boaters about several dangerous navigation obstructions resulting from wind storms and rainfall. River banks are saturated in some areas, resulting in landslides and tree falls. The Marine Board reminds boaters who are venturing out in the beautiful weather to scout ahead, know where to put in and take out, pay attention to posted warnings, carefully read the river and check the Marine Board website ahead of time to learn where the known obstructions are located.


Runners hit CC for annual event

Ally Manley, of Brookings, won the women's 15K race on Saturday at the Redwood Wild River Run in Crescent City. Manley finished nearly 10 minutes faster than her next closest female competitor.

The 2015 Redwood Wild River Run brought 241 people to the covered bridge on South Fork Road for the annual event. This year’s run featured a pretty even split of runners from Oregon and California with two more runners from Boise, Idaho. and another pair of participants from Malden, Maine.

Although the 241 runners were down a little bit from the record-setting turnout of 272 in 2014, that was just fine by organizer Ralph Hirt, who had to deal with every runner as they crossed the finish line.


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