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Two teams, one camp
June 26, 2013 06:27 am

Junior Christian Hooper goes up for a catch during the 7-on-7 passing game at the 2013 Gold Beach Football Team Camp on Tuesday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch

Bruins football program takes opportunity to grow as a team 

By Jef Hatch 

The second session of the Gold Beach Football Team Camp kicked off Saturday night with a weight lifting competition among the 12 teams who chose to participate, including the Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins and the host team, the Gold Beach Panthers.

The Bruins’ competitors included just two seniors indicating what a young team the Bruins have for the 2013 season, but hopes were high as each of the athletes prepared for their event.

Waves and wind show for pros
June 23, 2013 10:37 pm

Professional windsurfer Kevin Pritchard shreds a wave during the finals heat of the professional division of American Windsurfing Tour’s Pistol River Wave Bash on Friday afternoon. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Pistol River Wave Bash — part of the American Windsurfing Tour’s seven-stop summer fling — started out looking like a flop. The first three days, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday failed to provide strong enough winds and big enough waves for the professionals to take to the water.

It wasn’t until late afternoon Friday and the northern winds started to blow that the Wave Bash got it’s top-notch competitors on the water.

Let the ocean salmon season begin
June 23, 2013 10:33 pm

Brookings resident Bob Rose, left, fished the ocean out of the Port of Brookings Harbor with Captain Jim Bithell of Charthouse Sportfishing on Thursday. Each took home a 4-year-old Chinook salmon ranging between 17 and 25 pounds. The Pilot/Larry Ellis
If you haven’t noticed, for more than three weeks, strong northwest winds have been keeping anglers from trolling for salmon out of the Port of Brookings Harbor. The winds are not only keeping anglers from crossing the bar, but they have also kept the ocean at 45 degrees, a temperature that is not suited to a Chinook’s appetite.

Things were quite different in Eureka, California, where a red-hot salmon bite has been keeping anglers’ rods doubled over ever since the ocean salmon season started in May. So as the old saying goes, if the mountain won’t come to Mohammed. ...

Football camp celebrates 20 years
June 18, 2013 09:32 pm

Members of Phoenix High School’s football team practice plays during the first week of the Gold Beach Football Team Camp. The camp is celebrating 20 years of football this year. The Pilot/Randy Robbins
Head Coach Kevin Swift is tired. Bloodshot eyes are hidden behind dark sunglasses and the Gold Beach football boss’ raspy voice is edged with fatigue. It usually is this time of year.

“I have been doing four full-time jobs for as long as I can remember,” Swift said. “I am the Gold Beach High School athletic director, a very good history teacher, the head football coach and oh yeah, the director of the Gold Beach Football Team Camp.”

On the Water: Light winds will entice anglers
June 15, 2013 01:03 pm

Three youths from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., had a blast during their first week of summer vacation on Tuesday, catching Dungeness crab at the Port of Brookings Harbor crab pier using Pineapple butterfly traps. The Pilot/Larry Ellis
Will this wind ever stop blowing? That’s the question I was getting the most last week from antsy anglers aching to put the hurtin’ on some of those 4-year-old ocean Chinook that are predicted to be swimming in the ocean near the Port of Brookings Harbor.

The answer to that question is a resounding yes.

Walking among Oregon’s giants
June 11, 2013 08:24 pm

Sunshine breaks through the branches of towering redwoods just feet from the start of the Oregon Redwoods Trail #1107. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The trailhead provides access to two of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) trails in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest; the Oregon Redwoods Trail #1107 and the Oregon Redwoods Barrier Free Trail #1106.

Trail #1106 is 11 miles from Brookings up Winchuck River Road and begins at the edge of the parking lot. It is approximately 1/2 mile long with a loop at the end. The trail is wide and, according to the Forest Service website, is wheelchair accessible.

On the Water: Fish Report
June 07, 2013 07:30 pm

Last week’s winds subsided enough Thursday for a few anglers, such as Joe Dickerson above, to catch limits of black rockfish and lingcod.
Everybody who has ever fished for rockfish has brought up a fish that looks like it had way too many cups of coffee.

Its eyes, which are normally sunk deep inside of its head, look like they are about ready to pop out of their sockets. In addition, extending out of its mouth is a red tube-like structure that resembles a bizarre party balloon.

If you ever witness this type of sea creature and wish to release it, do not attempt to pop the balloon with a hook or a needle. Doing so would be deemed a form of fish abuse.

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