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Brookings captain assists in landing 480-pound halibut in Alaska

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Capt. Rye Phillips stands next to the 95-inch, 482-pound halibut he helped Jack McGuire catch July 3 near Gustavus, Alaska.

 GUSTAVUS, Alaska — A charter boat captain from Brookings, who guides anglers in Alaska during the summer, helped a Southern California man catch a giant Pacific halibut in Southeast Alaska last week that rivals the sport fishing world record.

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Local takes half-marathon at third annual Funky Foot Race

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Patrick Murphy (right) of Grants Pass gets a high five from Matthew Pillman of Menomoni, Wisconsin after Murphy crossed the finish line of the Funky Foot Race at the Port of Brookings-Harbor on July 4.

Entering Friday’s Funky Foot Race at the Port of Brookings-Harbor, Hanna Leonard, a Brookings-Harbor High School junior, had run a half-marathon just once in her life. Just under two hours later, the 16-year-old crossed the finish line a mere 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor to win the 13-mile race.

“I’m really happy and ecstatic. The last time I ran one I got 15th place so this was a big improvement,” said Leonard. “This is the first time I’ve ever won a race this big.”

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Gold Beach surfer wins group at Otter Rock n’ Roll contest

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Seven surfers from Gold Beach competed in the Otter Rock n Roll Surfing Contest in Newport. Photo courtesy of Dave Lacey.

Seven Gold Beach youths competed in the sixth annual Otter Rock n’ Roll Surf Contest and Beach Cleanup Challenge on June 21 at Otter Rock Beach in Newport, Oregon.

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Cabezon season opens, salmon in KMZ ports­

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Jessica Pearson and Kevin Pearson, both from Redding, California slew the fatted Chinook on Wednesday while fishing with Jim Bithell of Charthouse Sportfishing.

Cabezon aficionados were in seventh heaven last week when the season opened last Tuesday, July 1, with plenty of large cabbies being filleted at the Port of Brookings Harbor’s cleaning station.

I have a lot of cabezon stories, all of which are pretty boring, so one day I swore to myself that I would never tell another cabezon fable again as long as I lived.

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Gold Beach lifters are state champs

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Tammy Walker and Ryan Girard pose with their medals at the USPA Oregon State Championships on June 14. Photo courtesy of Ryan Girard.

Ryan Girard and Tammy Walker are not your average couple. The Gold Beach duo, who co-own Wild Rivers Acupuncture and Massage in Brookings, appear normal enough except for one glaring characteristic. They are the strongest couple in Oregon after they both won their group at the United States Powerlifting Association’s Oregon state championships on June 14 in Newport.

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Youth wrestlers earn medals at recent meets

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Joshua Hannan (front left) and Hayden Rosencrans (front right) pose with medals they earned from recent regional and national meets. Behind them are coaches (from left to right) Tony Hannan, Mike Larson and Juan Ortega. Photo courtesy of Tony Hannan.

Both Joshua Hannan and Hayden Rosecrans, of the Brookings-Harbor/Del Norte Mat Club, earned three medals each while wrestling in regional and national meets in June. 

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Crabby Crew happy with Wild Rogue Relay performance

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The 2014 Crabby Crew included, from left, Sheldon Thuemler, Seth Castagnola, Michael Glare, Kevin Baxter, Nan Latimer, Mike Castagnola, Josh Norris, Scott Lindsay, Roy Waessbacher, Dan Brattain, Ralph Hirt, Linda Blundell and volunteer worker Clay Speaker. Photo courtesy of Kathy Brattain

For the second year in a row, Ralph Hirt organized a local team consisting of two runners from Brookings and 10 runners from Del Norte for the second annual Wild Rogue Relay on June 20–21.

Hirt’s team, the Crabby Crew, improved in its second attempt at the grueling 214-mile course through the Cascade Mountains starting near Applegate Lake and ending at the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

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Braided lines for deep salmon

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Daniel West of Klamath Falls limited out on some huge black rockfish and caught a few lingcod to boot with a couple of friends while fishing out of the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Last week, the fillet tables at the Port of Brookings Harbor were once again abuzz with the humming of electric fillet knives, as anglers carved up a smorgasbord of briny delights caught out of Davy Jones’ Locker.

Fishermen were whistling a happy tune as a combination of redtail and striped surfperch, black rockfish, lingcod, Chinook salmon and a few coho salmon were being filleted or steaked out.

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