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Fish deep waters for ocean coho and chinook

Mary Ballman of Eugene, Oregon was fishing with her husband Bob and boat owners Mark and Kathy Watkins on Tuesday when they limited out on lingcod and rockfish while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

On June 27, anglers north of the Oregon-California border may begin keeping up to two hatchery coho a day as part of their 2-salmon daily bag limit. As of late, Chinook salmon have been somewhat scarce (that’s going to change soon), so being able to keep a couple of coho is definitely a shot in the arm for salmon aficionados.

So where have all the salmon been exactly?  All I can tell you is that through my and other fishermen’s personal experiences, if you want to hook up with a salmon, learn to fish deep. Most of the salmon have been between 6 and 15 miles from shore, with the most successful anglers trolling deeper than usual.

But how deep is deep, exactly?


Race: a winner for Brookings

Runners make their way down Old County Road towards the finish line at Azalea Park.

Two-hundred and fourteen miles in just over a day, and at the end, you get to party in the park.

For the first time in its history, the Wild Rogue Relay ended at Azalea Park in Brookings — and the early returns are that the finale was a big success.

“It’s exactly what I expected,” said Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog. “I figured this town would really come together to host this right and I think they have.”


Rosendahl wins state championship with near-perfect performance

Buck Rosendahl and his Oregon state singles championship medal. Submitted photo.

Facing some of the toughest competition in the trap-shooting world, Gold Beach resident Buck Rosendahl shattered 199 of a potential 200 targets en route to an Oregon state singles championship at the Pacific International Trapshooting Association’s (PITA) Oregon State Championships June 18-21 in North Plains, Oregon.


Two teams still alive in all-star tournaments

The Brookings-Harbor Little League 9- and 10-year-old all-star team participates in pre-game ceremonies in Grants Pass last weekend. Photo courtesy of Wendi Workinger

Two of the three Brookings-Harbor Little League teams that travelled to Grants Pass to play in the District 8 Tournament are still alive — with one team advancing to the regional finals.


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.”


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