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Player Efficiencey Rating (PER) and the NBA

The Player Efficiency Rating was developed by John Hollinger to assign a single number to rate the accomplishments of an NBA player. The formula makes use of quantifiable statistics to arrive at the number. Field goals, three point field goals, free throws, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and assists are all good, while missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers and personal fouls are bad. The formula is complicated and is much better explained in Hollinger’s book (“Pro Basketball Forecast”).

Key things to remember regarding PER is that is based on (1) per minute playing time, (2) is adjusted for the pace of the game and (3) is adjusted so the average PER each season is 15.00.

Last year the top ten player efficiency ratings for NBA players were: (1) LeBron James (27.34); (2) Dwight Howard (26.15); (3) Dwayne Wade (25.65); (4) Kevin Love (24.39); (5) Kobe Bryant (23.94); (6) Chris Paul (23.76); (7) Kevin Durant (23.70); (8) Russell Westbrook (23.63); (9) Derrick Rose (23.62) and (10) Dirk Nowitzki (23.52).

Obviously not everyone places a high value on PER since Derrick Rose, who won last year’s MVP Award, only had the ninth best PER.

Through March 29th of this year, the top ten PER’s are: (1) LeBron James (30.47); (2) Dwayne Wade (27.40); (3) Kevin Durrant (26.63); (4) Chris Paul (26.59); (5); Kevin Love (25.82); (6) Derrick Rose (24.86); (7)Dwight Howard (24.78) ; (8) Russell Westbrook (23.92); (9) Blake Griffith (23.34) and (10) Manu Ginobili (23.33). Andrew Bynum (23.31) just missed making this year’s top ten, while teammate Kobe Bryant’s low field goal percentage dropped him well below this year’s top ten.

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Why Are Hawaii’s Freshwater Fish Records So Darn Small?

Hawaii is famous for producing numerous and sizable saltwater fish, but the state also contains many freshwater fishing spots. However, for a state with warm average temperatures, the size of the its record fish found throughout America is downright pathetic.

First, the disclaimer. Hawaii’s state record channel catfish, a 43 pound 13 ounce monster taken in 1974 from Lake Wilson, ranks tenth nationally. However, Hawaii’s state record largemouth, a nine pound 9.4 ounce fish taken in 1992 from Waita Reservoir, only tops the state record largemouths of  South Dakota (9 lbs 3 oz); Montana (8 lbs 13 oz); North Dakota (8 lbs 7 oz) and Wyoming (7 lbs 14 oz).

Hawaii’s smallmouth bass record, which recently increased from less than four pounds four ounces to one-third ounce less than five pounds (4.98 lbs)still ranks dead last among states that actually have a smallmouth bass record.

The state reccord for rainbow trout is five pounds ten ounces and only the state of Mississippi has a smaller state record rainbow (2.96 lbs).

However, it is Hawaii’s state record bluegill that really stands out. At only eight ounces in weight, it is easily the smallest of any state that has bluegills (Alaska doesn’t have bluegills). In fact, every other state bluegill record is at least 2.9 times heavier than Hawaii’s state record bluegill. To put it another way, Alabama, with a cooler climate than Hawaii, has a state record bluegill of four pounds 12 ounces – nine and a half times as heavy.

Thinking that Hawaii’s relatively new state recordx tilapia, which weighed four pounds three ounces might be more in line with the tilapia records of other states, I found that, once again, Hawaii’s record tilapia didn’t measure up to the records for southern states such as Florida (9 lbs 6 oz); Texas (8 lbs 4 oz); Arizona (7 lbs 15 oz) and California (6 lbs). However, the tilapia records for Idaho (4 lbs 7 oz) and Arkansas (2 lbs 7 oz) were somewhat smaller than the more southern states.

Try as I might, I couldn’t come up with sufficient reasons for Hawaii’s inability to produce outsized freshwater fish. I realized that because of Hawaii’s very warm water, the fish might have fairly short lifespans. I also thought that because of Hawaii’s heavy rainfall, the water might be relatively nutrient free. I decided to call Hawaii and speak to a freshwater biologist.

The lady I spoke to was both gracious and helpful. She told me that the food chain was very weak and that in most waters, fish such as largemouth bass were unable to compete on an even basis with the far more prolific peacock bass present in most of the same waters.

Fish generally live faster and have shorter lifespans in warmer water – factors that are almost always offset by faster growth. In more northern waters, fish such as largemouth bass have to reach a minimum size (usually around two to two and a half inches) to make it through their first winter. But in Hawaii’s case, the infertile waters do not allow for faster growth due to high metabolism, but the lack of seasonal change allows slow-growing newly hatched bass to grow more slowly and still survive because they do not have to endure harsh winters.

So the slow growth rate and short lifespans combine to limit the maximum size of most freshwater fish species in the state. In other words, the small maximum sizes of many of Hawaii’s freshwater fish is due to an almost “perfect storm” of limiting factors. That said, Hawaii has some enjoyable freshwater fishing, but if you want to catch real lunkers, you should try Hawaii’s wonderful saltwater fishing.

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TRIVIA QUIZ-Most Wins Among Active Pitchers

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Pete Heley Outdoors

The Umpqua River is still very muddy as this is being written. The muddiness has seemed to pretty much stop the spring chinook anglers and any early season striped bass anglers. A few sturgeon anglers have been fish, but catches of legal-sized sturgeon have been few and far between. Virtually all the crabbers are waiting until the river clears up, but a few jetty anglers have been catching bottomfish off the South Jetty, even off the muddier South Jetty side, when using sand shrimp.

The offshore bottomfishing closure will resume on April 1st and this year it will be closed beyond 30 fathoms rather than the usual 40 fathoms. Hopefully, by shrinking the depth closure, it will not be necessary to occasionally shrink it even more (to 20 fathoms or 120 feet) as has happened in recent years. Also, as of April 1st, the keeping of one cabezon at least 16-inches in length will become legal (until October 1st).

The very few people that are fishing the surf for redtailed surfperch have been doing very well. While most anglers in the Reedsport area tend to fish the North Beach area at the end of Sparrow Park Road, many Florence-area anglers fish the beach at the end of the Siltooos Beach Access Road and they have been doing quite well. Of course, ocean and surf conditions have a lot to do with how well one can fish the beaches.

Spring chinook fishing in the Umpqua River should show a major improvement as soon as the water drops and clears up. Unfortunately, a number of fish will have managed to get past the gauntlet of anglers fishing between the Scottsburg Bridge and Elkton. While the lower reaches of the Umpqua above tidewater should offer the best fishing since most of the springers have yet to enter the river, there are almost certainly salmon all the way upriver to where the North and South Umpquas meet at Roseburg.

Steelhead fishing is slowing down. A few anglers have stopped fishing Eel Creek because they heard that few fish have recently entered the fish trap located where Eel Creek leaves Eel Lake. What these anglers did not consider is that a large proportion of the steelhead that enter Eel Creek actually spawn in the creek in places downstream of the fish trap.

Numerous lakes in our area have received trout plants in the last two weeks, but cold miserable weather seems to have slowed the trout bite and definitely decreased fishing pressure. Lake Marie, usually a consistent producer following each trout plant, was very inconsistent. One angler reported that he limited out one day and could not get a bite the next day. Most of the recently planted trout, at least the ones that manage to avoid the ospreys and cormorants, should be available to anglers when the water temperatures increase and the weather gets better.

To date, every striped bass weighing at least 70 pounds that has been caught by an angler has been caught on the east coast of the United States. Landlocked, or strictly freshwater stripers, have come close to the 70 pound mark, but failed to reach it. The heaviest near-miss was a 67 pound eight ounce fish from California’s O’Neill Forebay.and a 67 pound one ounce fish was landed on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The next largest freshwater striper was landed by fishing guide Ralph Dallas who landed a 65 pound six ouncer from Tennessee’s Cordell Hull Reservoir. However, Dallas had a near miss on an even larger striper when he got a client into a giant that managed to spool the client and break off. The hookup occurred on a favorite stretch of the Cumberland River and when Dallas fished the same area a couple of days later, he found a floating dead striper that had the terminal rig and line from the earlier breakoff. Calculating what would have been the live weight of the striper from length and girth measurements, Dallas determined that the striper would have weighed at least 70 pounds – and would have been a new world record for freshwater stripers.

A short article in the April issue of Popular Mechanics deals with a new find at an archaeological dig in East Timor that unearthed what is, so far, the oldest fishhook yet found. Determined to be 16,000 years old, the fishhook pushes back the age of the earliest fishermen 5,500 years from the previous oldest fishhook which was “only” 10,500 years old. Since bones from deep sea fish have been found among human bones that were dated back to more than 40,000 years ago, there may have been even older “fishermen”. Most likely, these early humans gathered up fish carcasses, but even earlier fishermen remain a very real possibility.

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MLB active RBI Leaders

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The Newest NBA Title Threat

LOS ANGELES LAKERS NOW A LEGITIMATE NBA TITLE THREAT

When the Lakers aquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers, they gave themselves a chance to win the NBA Championship. In  his first six games with the Lakers, Sessions has made more than half of his two point and three point field goal attempts and more than 83 percent of his free throws. While Sessions salary this year of $4,257,973 is more than 25 percent higher than is Derek Fisher who left the Lakers and ended up with the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the deal that brought Sessions to the Lakers – it seems like money well spent.

Sessions is younger, quicker and at six foot three inches, is two inches taller than is Fisher. While Fisher, who has played for the Lakers in 13 different season, may prove invaluable to the Thunder should they meet the Lakers in the playoffs, Ramon Sessions has been the best guard on the court in his short stint with the Lakers. In fact, in a recent game, it was Kobe Bryant who sat on the bench for five important minutes at crunch time in a Laker win. Rather than being happy with the team’s success, Bryant was obviously miffed at what he took as disrespect from Mike Brown, the Laker coach.

In fact, if the Lakers are going to maximize their potential, Kobe is simply going to have to shoot less. His current field goal percentage of .430 is lower than any of the other five top scorers when it comes to points per game. His three point field goal percentage of .289 is lower than any of those five other scorers including Dwayne Wayne, who recently raised his percentage to .295 after making only six three pointers going into last week. Kobe’s NBA scoring lead is primarily based on being second in the NBA in minutes played and taking far more shots than any other player. If they maintained their current field goal percentages and had taken the same number of shots as has Bryant, LeBron James would only have to make 28 of the 276 additional field goal attempts to match Kobe (10.1 %). Kevin Durant would only have to make 13 out of the 185 additional field goal attempts to match Kobe (7.0 %). It should now be clear that for the Lakers to play their best, Kobe needs to concentrate on forcing less shots and work on the other aspects of his game.

With the arrival of Ramon Sessions, Kobe and the Lakers now have a formidable starting lineup with a skilled point guard in Sessions, a defensive demon in Mehta World Peach and the most formidable front line in the NBA with Paul Gasola and Andrew Bynum. The biggest problem at the moment seems to be Kobe’s unwillingness to take a less dominant role. He really needs to.

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MLB Home Run Trivia Quiz

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Next Series of Good Days Means its Crappie-Time!

Some extended good weather is all that is holding off the pre-spawn crappie bite at Oregon’s best crappie spots. The crappie in the photo was a white crappie that was pulled from Lookout Point Reservoir a number of years ago. The 18.5-inch jumbo weighed four pounds and eight ounces. Not known for great numbers of crappies, Lookout Point has produced some near-record crappies and biologists have netted even larger specimens. What is still up in the air is how the crappies will co-exist with the reservoir’s newly established walleye population.

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Coos County Word Search

COOS COUNTY WORD SEARCH
1- Largest lake in Coos County.
2 – Southernmost incorporated city in Coos County.
3 – Second largest city in Coos County.
4 – Coos County’s largest gambling venue.
5 – Southwest portion of Dunes NRA.
6 – Coos County’s easternmost incorporated city.
7 – Tenmile Creek’s largest tributary.
8 – Coos County’s most northern incorporated city.
9 – Most southwestern district of Coos Bay.
10 – Second largest lake in Coos County.
11 – Largest lake (surface acreage when full) in the southern portion of the Dunes NRA.
12 – Unincorporated community between Lakeside and North Bend.
13 – Small lake that drains into Eel Lake.
14 – Lake adjacent to the park that was once known as the Riley Ranch.
15 – ATV area located on lower Tenmile Creek.
16 – Third largest lake in Coos County.
17 – Receives more planted trout than any fishing spot in Coos County.
18 – Thirty acre lake located south of Bandon.
19 – Community located near the Millicoma River.
20 – Former millpond located four miles east of Coquille that now receives trout plants.
21 – Fifty acre lake located five miles south of Lakeside.
22 – Former name of Coos County’s largest city.
23-25 – Name three sloughs entering Coos Bay north of North Bend (slough portion of names omitted.
26 – Coos County’s largest city.
27 – Community located near Kentuck Slough.
28 – Largest medical employer in Coos County.
29 – Coos County seat.
ANSWERS
1-South Tenmile Lake; 2-Bandon; 3-North Bend; 4-Mill Casino; 5-Horsfall Beach; 6-Myrtle Point; 7-Eel Creek; 8-Lakeside; 9-Charleston; 10-North Tenmile Lake; 11-Horsfall Lake; 12-Hauser; 13-Hall Lake; 14-Butterfield Lake;15-Spin Reel Park; 16-Eel Lake; 17-Empire Lakes; 18-Bradley Lake; 19-Alleghany; 20-Johnson Mill Pond; 21-Saunders Lake; 22-Marshfield; 25-Haynes, Kentuck, & Larson; 26- Coos Bay; 27-Glasgow; 28-Bay Area Hospital; 29-Coquille.

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Pete Heley Outdoors

Virtually nobody has been crabbing at Winchester Bay and probably with good reason. The Umpqua River rose and muddied up and future crabbing success will depend upon how quickly the water drops and clears. As soon as this happens, boat crabbers should have some success in Half Moon Bay. Dock crabbers will continue to have to earn their crabs. Some crabs have been taken recently from inside the Triangle and this is usually a good winter strategy for those able to drag a small boat into it.

Bottomfishing off the South Jetty has been good when fishable. Heavy waves and a muddy river has made things tougher, but the ocean water will usually be clear and can make a difference when fishing the river side of the South Jetty near high tide. The ocean side of the Triangle is usually less muddy since any muddy river water is diluted by the ocean water.Sand shrimp remains the favorite bait and anglers catching pre-spawn striped surfperch will catch their heaviest perch of the year. As for the upriver run of redtailed surfperch, that usually begins in mid-May and won’t start until some adventurous angler actually goes out and proves they are in.

Sturgeon fishing remains slow, but there are people trying for them everyday. Spring chinook fishing should show a major improvement as soon as the river clears up somewhat. Same for the striped bass on the Smith River where they should be hanging out in the upper tidewater areas for the next several weeks. Steelhead anglers can reasonably expecct fresh steelhead to be in their favorite rivers, but have to wait several days for optimum fishing conditions.

Virtually all the Florence-area lakes will be stocked this week. Alder, Buck and Dune lakes are each slated for 850 eight-inch, 100 foot long and 36 16-inch trout. Scheduled to receive only eight-inch trout are Carter Lake (2,500), Georgia Lake (150), North Georgia (150) and Perkins Lake (250). Cleawox Lake is slated for 3,000 eight-inchers and 300 16-inchers. Slated to receive only foot long rainbows are Elbow Lake (600), Lost Lake (400), Mercer Lake (1,500), Siltcoos Lake (1,500) and Woahink Lake (1,000). Erhart Lake is slated for 200 eight-inchers and 36 16-inchers. Munsel Lake plant consists of 2,250 eight-inchers and 150 16-inchers while the Siltcoos Lagoon is slated for 850 eight-inchers, 450 12-inchers and 106 16-inchers.

Five hundred 16-inch trout are slated to be put into Empire Lakes this week, while they are scheduled to receive 6,000 eight-inchers next week. Lake Marie and Loon Lake are each scheduled to receive 2,000 eight-inch rainbows this week.

The good bass angling provided by the very catchable population of bass in Tenmile Lakes continues to ensure that every other bass lake in the area receives, at best, nominal fishing pressure. When warmer weather arrives, the more shallow lakes will usually provide the best fishing. Yellow perch and crappies, where present, are in their immediate pre-spawn mode and should be providing good fishing. If pursuing crappies, sometimes they just are not active until dusk.

Bass anglers wanting to try out the “Alabama Rig”, but were concerned about the legality of the rig in Oregon and also concerned about the castability might want to check out the online fishing retailer: 123fishingrigs.com which features several smaller versions of the rig, which almost certainly will at some future point be referred to as “umbrella rigs”, at prices of $10.00 or less. More importantly, in my opinion, are the accessory kits designed to hold hookless baits on the rig so that they are legal in Oregon and many other states which only allow three hooks instead of the usual five on the original Alabama rigs.

Last year, at the end of Dune Fest, Jeff Dahl stopped by the Stockade Market on his way back to the Medford area and dropped off a business card. Jeff developed a super-strong elastic cord with multiple hooking spots and I was intrigued to the point where I walked outside to his pickup to take a look at the product in action. In the center of his pickup bed he had a couple of large coolers that were held in place by his “LoopRope” and when he pushed the coolers from every direction, they did not budge – even though they not touching one or two sides of his pickup bed. I was quite impressed and bought two of each of the three sizes for my own personal use. Jeff’s website is: looprope.com and the product is now available at Amazon.com, Cabelas and a number of other retail outlets.

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