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Two recipes for rockfish and salmon

Brian Gagnon of Brookings caught this 74-pound Pacific halibut while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor on Sunday.

The cleaning station at the Port of Brookings Harbor was once again abuzz last week with the sound of electric fillet knives as anglers were cleaning limits of rockfish, cabezon and greenling. At times all eight tables were being used.

Fishermen caught their bottom-grabbers straight out from the jetty jaws and both ways from the middle as they worked local reefs, pinnacles and kelp beds, with the reef huggers being caught on shrimp fly rigs, leadfish, twin-tail plastics and swimbaits.

Even though the salmon fishing in the ocean has recently been a little on the slow side, about a handful of Chinook are still being filleted each day, with some anglers actually limiting out. The anglers who have had the most success trolled all day until the salmon suddenly just went on the bite.


Dairy Queen, New Hope win close games

La Flor's Mike Runge belts a drive to left field during Thursday evening's recreation softball league play.

With a little more than two weeks left in the season, teams from Dairy Queen and New Hope Plumbing picked up big wins in Thursday’s Brookings-Harbor Recreation Softball League action.


Brookings riders rev up new event

For the first time ever, the Del Norte County Fair hosted the Quad Bash on Friday night in the North Valley Bank Arena. Don Vizgaudis took first place out of 18 riders in the men’s Chicago Shootout.

A brand new event took center stage at the North Valley Bank Arena in the fairgrounds on Friday as hundreds of onlookers bore witness to Del Norte’s first-ever Quad Bash, organized by Brookings resident Martin Graves.

The Quad Bash featured several different contests for varying ages and skill levels on all-terrain vehicles, including a youth barrel run, a 4x4 muscle pull and a men’s and women’s Chicago Shootout for the finale.


Parks Association sponsors first Run in the Redwoods

Dust off your running shoes for the first ever Run in the Redwoods half marathon and 5K on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.; both runs begin at 9 a.m. The runs are limited to the first 200 participants. 


Chamber hosting Big Kahuna Golf Tournament at Salmon Run

The Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting this year’s Big Kahuna Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Salmon Run golf course in Brookings. 


Chinook action heats up

Dee Shurtleff and Neil Rodgers of Brookings fished just outside the whistle buoy out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor Wednesday and nailed limits of lingcod and rockfish.

The action-packed salmon fishing out of the Port of Brookings-Harbor that has brought anglers 20-minute limits in the past few months has suddenly taken a nose dive, however there have been a half-dozen nice Chinook being filleted every day at the port’s cleaning station.

Most of the kings have been averaging in the 20-pound category, and almost all of the fish have been caught less than 20 feet from the surface.


'Girlz from the beach' go racing


Sophia Bauer, left, and Ashleigh Strain dispaly some of the trophies they’ve earned racing professional go-karts on dirt tracks around the state.

Sophia Bauer and Ashleigh Strain seem like your typical, American grade schoolers. Both are polite, somewhat shy and soft-spoken — but they have something in common, a specific trait that is atypical of most girls their age. They have developed a case of “lead foot,” that has transformed them into two of the fiercest go-kart drivers in Southern Oregon.

“We call them the ‘Girlz from the Beach’,” said Sophia’s father, Chad, who used to race sprint cars with a group dubbed, “Boyz from the Beach.”


Great racing highlights fair weekend

Gary Sharder of Myrtle Point (left) edges out Larry Stevens, also from Myrtle Point, in the final race of the V-8 Stock Class Mud Drag Race at the Curry Fairgrounds Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Gold Beach Motorsports was once again tasked with providing arena-sized entertainment for the Curry County Fair, and they didn’t disappoint.

The Curry County Fairground Arena was the site for dirt truck and mud drag racing as well as the jovial “Hillbilly Relay” from Friday through last Sunday.

With $4,600 total in prize money on the line, competitors from Oregon, California and Washington came to compete for the biggest purse in Southern Oregon. 


Young repeats as club champ, Guinn claims net title

2014 Cedar Bend Golf Club Ladies Champion Jessica Young won her second title in a row by shooting even par for the two round tournament.

For the second year in a row, Gold Beach’s Jessica Young is a club champion.

Young shot a 148 for two rounds, beating two other golfers, to earn her second title by 24 strokes on July 16 at Cedar Bend Golf Course in Gold Beach.


11th Annual Slam ‘N Salmon ocean fishing derby upcoming

The Port of Brookings-Harbor is reeling in its participants for another Slam’n Salmon Ocean Fishing Derby beginning Aug. 28. 

The entrance fee is $40 before Aug. 1. After that the cost per participant is $50. Registration for the event runs until the morning of Aug. 31, the final day of the derby.



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