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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.


Commission approves 2016 sport fishing regulations

SALEM — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2016 Oregon sport fishing regulations at its meeting in Seaside today.

 Under the regulations adopted today, anglers should find it easier to navigate the rules for trout and warmwater fishing, thanks to fewer special regulations creating different seasons, gear restrictions and bag limits for different waters. These changes are the result of an almost year-long effort by ODFW staff to streamline and simplify the fishing rules. Mike Gauvin, ODFW recreational fisheries manager, told the Commission that overly complex regulations is one of the most common complaints among anglers.


Sports Briefs Sept. 9, 2015


Comeback thriller

Lady Bruins midfielder Emma Murdock makes a play against Hidden Valley's Nyah Kendall during BHHS' 4-3 victory over the Mustangs on Thursday.

For about three-quarters of Thursday’s season-opener against the Hidden Valley Mustangs, the Brookings-Harbor Lady Bruins looked far removed from the form that earned them the moniker, “Far West League champions.”

Appearing a step slower than the Mustangs, the Lady Bruins found themselves in a 3-1 hole in the second half.

That’s when the sleeping giant awoke.


Carter era begins with 24-7 loss to Hidden Valley

The Drew Carter era of Brookings-Harbor High School football began on Friday against Hidden Valley.

Though the Bruins lost 24-7, the early results show an improved Bruins team, especially on the defensive end.


Coquille downs depleted Panthers, 56-0

Heading into Friday’s season-opening game against Coquille, the “football math” was not adding up for the Gold Beach Panthers.

Key off-season injuries, plus losing key seniors to graduation, plus only having 24 players to suit up, typically equals a blowout.


Bruins tie Mustangs

The Brookings-Harbor High School Bruins soccer team has many new faces this season, and two of them came up big against Hidden Valley on Thursday.

Goals by midfielder Dillon Serna and defender Michael Kreger helped the Bruins to an even 2-2 draw against the Hidden Valley Mustangs at Hidden Valley High School.


Opportunities abound for Labor Day fishing and crabbing

Scott Morris of Redmond, Oregon hoists a big lingcod and one of several salmon that his party caught on Tuesday in the ocean out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Anglers will be giving the ocean their last shot at catching Chinook this weekend before the general season closes its doors one hour after sunset on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

This has been without a doubt one of the worst salmon-fishing seasons on record excluding the years following the Sacramento River crash in 2008 and 2009.

The salmon projection was high for 2015, but extremely warm tropical-type water associated with an El Nino event, plus a warm water blob in the California current containing an overabundance of the non-nutritious warmwater copepods are currently being blamed for the poor fishing.


Gold Beach 1-2 after busy few days

Gold Beach's Erin Fava makes a play against the Pacific Pirates on Wednesday.

The Gold Beach High School volleyball team has had a busy couple of days.

The Lady Panthers dove right into the 2015 season by playing three games in the span of two days.


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