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Excitement for Brookings anglers

This 8 1/4-pound canary rockfish was plucked off a pinnacle at House Rock last week by Cliff Adams from Eagle Point, Oregon while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor. The big goldfish inhaled a leadfish.

All I can say is, welcome to the other Baja! It happens every time there is an El Nino event, or just when the ocean water temperatures go haywire. Oregon forgets that it’s Oregon and somebody ends up catching one or more fish that by all rights should be swimming in tropical waters.

Like the Opah that was caught by Steve Wallace of Escalon, California toward the end of July.

There were also a few unconfirmed reports a few weeks ago of billfish of some sort finning on the surface of the ocean. Marlin and swordfish all tend to do that. I know that for a fact because I’ve seen them performing that couch-potato-type activity on numerous occasions. On one of those instances, my dad harpooned a broadbill (swordfish) while walking the plank.

Then, last Sunday, I got to the fish-cleaning station here at the Port of Brookings Harbor, when Tiffany and Robert Berg were steaking out and filleting a very large thresher shark.


Bruins win home opener

Illinois Valley quarterback Skylar McLanahan gets sandwhiched by Brookings-Harbor linebackers Alonzo Nalls, right, and Aaron Iewma during the Bruins 40-14 win Friday evening.

In front of a packed house, the Brookings-Harbor Bruins football team did not disappoint.

The Bruins utilized their speed and athleticism to rout the Illinois Valley Cougars, 40-14, Friday night at BHHS.


Mistakes costly for Panthers in home loss to Vernonia

Gold Beach's Cole Morris carries the football against Vernonia on Friday. Photo by Mandy Pearson.

By the standards set by their own success, Gold Beach’s 26-14 loss in their home opener to Vernonia is not up to par. To the trained eye, however, the Panthers made significant improvements compared to their week one blowout loss to Coquille.


Bruins take 3rd at Tugman

BHHS cross-country runner Ezra Burton, second from right, is given instruction by his coach, Terry Axel, far left, during Wednesday's Tugman Invitational in North Bend. Photo by Abbey Schreiber.

Brookings-Harbor cross-country head coach Terry Axel figured his boy’s team would be good this year — he just might not have figured they’d be this good, this early in the season.

The Bruins raced their way to a 3rd-place finish (81 points) at Wednesday’s Tugman Invitational in North Bend, beating the likes of district rivals Marshfield and Siuslaw in the process.

“It was a lot of fun and I was real happy and excited,” said Axel. “It was a good first meet.” 


Gold Beach Roundup: Lady Panthers upended by Del Norte

Gold Beach's Paris Newdall collected 8 digs and 2 kills against Del Norte on Thursday.

The Gold Beach cross country team competed at the Tugman Invitational on Wednesday while the Lady Panthers volleyball team traveled to Del Norte High School to take on the Warriors on Thursday.


Glide defeats Lady Bruins in straight sets

The Lady Bruins dropped to 0-3 on the season as they lost to Glide, 25-4, 25-13 and 25-15 on Thursday at Glide High School.

“They crushed us but we attempted a good fight,” admitted Lady Bruins head coach Emilie Aliamus via email, “They were clearly a club team, one that plays together in the offseason.”


Swim club readies for Fall Season

The Crescent City Swim Club is beginning their fall season for competitive swimmers under age 18.


Volunteers needed for cross country meet

Brookings-Harbor High School is in need of volunteers to assist with Saturday's BHHS Invitational cross country meet, which begins at noon.
If anyone is interested in volunteering, contact the athletics department at 541-469-2108.

Local angler takes top prize

Richard Laskey, of Brookings, won the 2015 Slamín Salmon Fishing Derby with a 28.9-pound Chinook he caught Saturday morning. Itís the first time Laskey, who has competed in every iteration of the derby since its inception, has won a prize at the three-day contest. Photo courtesy of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

When Brookings resident Richard Laskey brought aboard a nearly 30-pound Chinook salmon early Saturday morning, he had no idea it would be a prize-winning fish, let alone the largest of the tournament.

“I didn’t think too much about it at the time,” said Laskey, who has competed in each of the 12 years the Slam’n Salmon Fishing Derby has been in existence. “I was going to stay out and fish but I called a buddy of mine who was at the port and he said, “You better get that in and weighed.” 

As it turned out, his friend’s instincts were correct. Laskey’s 28.9-pounder was big enough to win the grand prize of $6,000 and a derby championship ring at the 12th Annual Slam’n Salmon Fishing Derby held this past weekend at the Port of Brookings Harbor.


Prep Roundup: Bruins face Indians; Gold Beach at first tourney

The Brookings-Harbor Bruins soccer team huddles up during their game against Scappoose on Saturday. Submitted photo.

The Brookings-Harbor soccer teams and Gold Beach volleyball teams were in action on Saturday. Here’s a quick roundup.


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