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Bottomfishing using plastics

Mark Gasich of Brookings holds a large cabezon caught on a plastic/jighead combo before releasing it back into the ocean.

Shrimp flies or grubs?  Leadfish or anchovies?  Plastic worms or swimbaits?

All of the above-mentioned lures will catch their fair share of rockfish, cabezon and lingcod.

But when it comes to a 100-percent lure, that is, a lure that will catch the aforementioned fish 100 percent of the time, in 100 percent of ocean conditions and in 100 percent of deep- and shallow-water conditions, my vote definitely goes to the plastic lure.


Turning the program around

BHHS head coach Drew Carter facilitates a defensive backpedaling drill.

Ask anyone who has played and they will all tell you the same thing: Success in team sports is built in the offseason.

That’s exactly what the Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins football team is doing this summer under new head coach Drew Carter.


OHA issues health advisory for toxic coastal clams

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a health advisory for the length of the Oregon Coast for soft-shell clams because they contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic. 

The advisory is most important for people who dig their own clams and target the specific species Mya arenaria, since these clams are not commercially available in markets or restaurants. 


Co-ed Clash of the Titans

The Backstreet Bar defeated Alpha Omega (shown here), 14-8, in a battle of undefeated first-place teams on Thursday at Azalea Park.

The chatter amongst the players was that this game was a “Clash of the Titans.”

On Thursday the undefeated Backstreet Bar faced an undefeated Alpha Omega team in a battle for first place in the Brookings-Harbor Adult Softball League at Azalea Park.


Several rule changes made for prep spring sports

INDIANAPOLIS — Rules changes for the 2016 baseball, softball and track and field seasons were made at rules committee meetings last month in Indianapolis. Those changes were subsequently approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.


Stellar fishing in south Curry County

Debbie and Mark Hollinger proudly display a gigantic fall Chinook they caught last Wednesday while trolling a spinnerbait/anchovy setup in the Rogue Bay.

Last week, a choir of electric fillet knives could be heard singing daily at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s fillet station as anglers filleted rockfish after rockfish, and lingcod after lingcod. Suffice it to say, the rockfishing action has been stellar and fishermen have had no problem hauling in limits of the bottom-grabbers with regularity using anything and everything, including single and twin-tail plastics, shrimp flies, leadfish and baitfish such as herring and anchovies.

Because of glassy-flat ocean conditions, anglers were catching their bottomfish uphill toward House Rock, downhill toward Camel Rock, or just straight out from the north and south jetties.

In addition to bottomfish, the crabbing has suddenly picked up as well. Crabbers who have been setting their pots between 80- and 90-feet of water and soaking them overnight have also been raking in limits of Dungeness crab as well, and the dungies have been as-hard-as-a-rock, well-filled-out crustaceans.


Torch burns bright in Curry County

Guided by Curry County Special Olympics head coach Macen Parke (right) runners carry the Special Olympic torch down Ellensburg Avenue in Gold Beach on Monday. The Oregon Special Olympics will be held this weekend in Newberg.

Carrying the iconic Olympic flame, the Special Olympians of Curry County jogged down the streets of Gold Beach Monday afternoon, waving to passengers and celebrating the things they’ve accomplished — and the goals they hope to achieve this weekend at the statewide competition in Newberg— one of their biggest events of the year.

They received the torch that morning from several members of the Brookings Police Department, the Coast Guard, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and their families, who met at the Oregon-California border and ran eight miles into town, carrying the flame.

“We’re running up from the border to Sea View RV park, and then from there to the Nazarene Church,” said Paul Davis of the Special Olympics, who joined the police officers for the run. “Then it’s going to continue up the coast, through Coos Bay.”


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