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Baitfish thrills anglers at Brookings-Harbor

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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.

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Big surf, strong winds make for great competition

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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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Spring and summer pool schedule released

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2015 Brookings public pool summer schedule

The Brookings public pool will be opening their spring schedule beginning at 8 a.m. on June 6 to both resident and non-residents.

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PIstol River Wave Bash Preview: The bashers are back in town

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A windsurfer soars above the waves during the 2014 Pistol River Wave Bash. Several of the best windsurfers in the world will be competing at “The Rock” in Pistol River from Thursday through Saturday. Photo by Si Crowther/American Windsurfing Tour.

Several of the world’s premiere windsurfers are back in Curry County to compete in the 6th Annual Pistol River Wave Bash from Thursday through Saturday.

The Wave Bash, which takes place approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the Pistol River Bridge, is the third leg on the American Windsurfing Tour’s seven-event schedule.

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Wildlife Refuge introduces new “Seabird” app

BANDON — Ushering in an era of digital engagement and fun for the millions of smart device-carrying visitors to Oregon’s spectacular coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with Shoreline Education for Awareness, is launching an interactive, place-based game app.  The public is invited to attend a launch party at Coquille Point in Bandon at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 22. Called “Discover Coquille”, the game-based app will teach visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures that make the Oregon Coast such a vibrant and wondrous ecological system.  

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NFHS makes rule changes regarding basketball contact

INDIANAPOLIS — The rule prohibiting excessive contact in high school basketball has been expanded to include all ball-handlers on the court, include post players. 
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Banquet honors Bruins

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BHHS coach Joe Morin (left) is presented with the Bruin Spirit Award by athletic director Buell Gonzales Jr. during Wednesday's BHHS Sports Awards banquet.

Multiple athletes, coaches and volunteers were honored as Brookings-Harbor High School held a year-end sports awards banquet on Wednesday evening at BHHS.

Several awards and certificates were given for various categories. 

Coaches were presented with service pins, recognizing various years of leadership.

Over 50 volunteers were presented with certificates commemorating their contributions throughout the school season.

Finally, several student-athletes were honored in categories including all-league and all state recognition, three-sport athletes and Athlete of the Year.

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Opportunities aboud for free fishing weekend

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The author hoists a humongous 6-pound 2-ounce black rockfish he caught on a leadfish while fishing with a friend on Sunday out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Welcome to the annual Oregon Free Fishing Weekend. For Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, everyone in Oregon is allowed to fish, crab and clam for free. And when Oregon means free, they mean free -— no strings attached (or hidden fees, as in California’s so-called free fishing weekend).

If you have never bought a fishing or shellfish license, or purchased any halibut or salmon tags,  this one’s on ODFW. For those who have already have purchased fishing and shellfish licenses, or bought tags to go with them, you can leave them all at home, including the tags, at least for Saturday and Sunday.

For free fishing weekend, you are not required to tag any salmon or Pacific halibut. You are only required to follow the rules that are in the 2015 fishing regulation handbook.

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