Howdy everyone! We have been holding steady with 60 degree temperatures and sunshine for several days now, which is pretty good for November on the South Coast.

When I picked up a potted plant sitting on our back-deck picnic table after last week’s rain, a huge crowd of woodlice scattered for safety.

Howdy everyone! The better than summer weather just keeps hanging on and although the ocean remains closed to crabbing and the wind and waves are too big to chase rockfish, the bay remains hot for everything. I took a few days off this week and seemed to still spend most of it in Charleston …

Howdy everyone! A little more rain has fallen lately, the winds have been relatively calm, and the ocean gives us a day here and there to get out and catch rockfish and lingcod, which by the way remains excellent. Even in the bay several of our customers are reporting catches of rockfish in …

Howdy everyone! Let’s get to business: Lingcod and rockfish are good to very good both in the deep water and closer to shore. Surf perch seems to be picking up lately on our beaches. Rockfish in the bay is good to great depending on the day and bay crabbing is what you make of it. If you wor…

Howdy everyone! It’s Tuesday evening and I’ve been working in my office for a couple hours and decided to take a quick break before starting this week’s article. I walked through the shop to grab a water from the cooler and as I looked out at how dark it was outside it was evident I had lost…

FLORENCE — The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the best amateur or professional photos of the fun, frolic, famous attractions, iconic buildings, and beautiful scenery of Oregon’s Coastal Playground.

Howdy everyone! I hope the past week has treated you well and you’ve enjoyed something or other in our great outdoors. Hunting season is now upon us and it’s like a switch has been flipped in terms of the amount of people fishing. This time of year many folks drop their fishing poles and hea…

About two-and-a-half inches long and a half-inch wide, the two soft-gray feathers we found last week each had a bright yellow, eighth-inch stripe at the end. Both on the ground, they weren’t far from each other, meaning they may have come off the same bird.

Howdy everyone! We had some high-score late season tuna action a couple week ago with our good friend Captain Clarence Cole of Fishin’ Trips Charters scoring some good numbers in the double digits and another of our Basin Tackle family, Heath Wakefield scoring SIXTY FOUR albacore for a one d…

When the air temperatures start dropping in the fall, many live-aboard boaters and cruising boats (including sailboats with cabins) turn up the heat and spend more time inside. But many of these boats are not equipped with smoke alarms. Early detection has proven to save lives in homes and R…

Howdy everyone! The winds have abated, the skies are clear, and we have been treated to some of the best summer weather anywhere on Earth as far as this bait and tackle shop owner is concerned!

Howdy everyone! Summer days are still upon us but as all seasons are apt to do this one will soon pass so get out and enjoy it before it’s gone. We’ve had some great fishing days here on the coast lately but we have still been dealing with a lot of wind overall which means we have had to be …

I took the drive on Highway 20 to Bend last week with my sister for a short getaway. It had been many years since I’d been to Central Oregon, and my dryland botany was quite hazy. While the plants don’t care what we call them, humans seem to connect better to other organisms when we have lab…

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COOS BAY — Through the generosity of the Prefontaine Memorial Run Committee admission will be free at Coos Art Museum during the Memorial Run events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 14-16. Steve Prefontaine is remembered and honored in his home town of Coos Bay through a variety of way…

A sign shows a diagram of the cobra lily, or Darlingtonia californica, that grows in Darlingtonia State Natural Site north of Florence.

Darlingtonia californica, also called the cobra lily, grows in a state park north of Florence. The plants are carnivorous.

The short trail at Darlingtonia State Natural Site leads to a nice boardwalk, which provides a dry walkway over the bog filled with cobra lilies.

Shelley Nasby measures the horns of a California big horn sheep recently at Timberline Taxidermy in Coquille. Nasby is an official measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club’s record book, and a variety of other clubs.

Hikers exploring Golden and Silver Falls State Park walk along a trail that once served as a logging road. Continue past Golden Falls to discover an area where remote, self-sufficient families used to live before the road closed in the late 1950s.

Yellow fall leaves start making their appearance just up the road from Nesika County Park along the East Fork Millicoma River on Tuesday afternoon.

An egret is seen from the trails at Millicoma Marsh, looking for food.

The Coquille Watershed Association, Coquille Tribe and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reshape wetland on Steve Gage’s property on North Bank Lane on Tuesday. His property has natural wetland, and he asked for help to improve the coho habitat.

Ivy, left, and her twin brother Caleb Metzgus shoot a practice round outside of their parents' business in Bridge last Friday.

Local kayaker Pete Schaefers handles Argo Rapid on the Rogue River, a usual kayaking destination.

Fishing guide shares angling expertise, passion

Fishing guide shares angling expertise, passion

Local boaters were scattered throughout the top six places in the working sails competition of the Western Nationals for the San Juan 21 Association last Friday and Saturday at Tenmile Lakes. Coos Bay Yacht Club hosted the event.

Annual Bandon Crab Derby will last until Sept. 5

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