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Mark Freeman

I’ve underachieved as the Mail Tribune’s Fish Hack since 1989. I can’t help but find a few things to yuk about with pathetic regularity in the outdoors. My most treasured award? An OSHA citation for a messy desk — Fire hazard. YEAH!

BOOK IT! FRIDAY: Bounce-Back Weekend

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where the only person having a worse start to this-here NFL season than Fish Hack is…Roger Goodell. But unlike Goodell, Fish Hack can rebound. Three game-ending field goals tanked Fish Hack’s first three picks and that’s a sucky way to start the campaign. This week’s feeling better, because at least [...]

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BOOK IT! FRIDAY: On Week One Bets, Johnny F-Bomb and Laying Points

Welcome back to the latest iteration of Book It Friday, where Fish Hack steps away from the river and up to the betting kiosk with three NFL picks for the upcoming weekend. The intent is to give you steelhead bums beer money without having to take all those empties back to the store. And remember, [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On The Big Spill That Is

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is getting the measuring stick out because the upper Rogue River is finally getting a little extra water. The releases from Lost Creek Lake to Hack’s home waters of the upper Rogue will inch up day and Tuesday morning, running from 1,500 cubic feet per second to [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Rogue ‘Nooks, Water and The Spike That Was Not

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where the good fishers of Gold Beach are getting a few extra days of good fall chinook salmon success thanks to a biologist slow-playing his water cards this week at Lost Creek Lake. The spike of water scheduled for release Sunday into the Rogue River didn’t materialize..on purpose. So say Thank [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Making Steelhead Fishing Too Easy

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is busy ruining the myth that steelhead are tough to catch, one new angler at a time. Like Medford’s Tom Ersepke. His brain is totally polluted now on what it really takes to get into summer steelhead. Guy just catches fish./He sits in the boat, clueless/Steelhead come [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Heat Waves Not Cookin’ Chinook

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is laying low at the Fish Wrap waiting for this triple-digit heat to go back to Dorris where it belongs. Instead of saying it’s hot as hell, they say it’s as hot as Dorris. Don’t need a heat wave/At 105, Hack can’t fish./Just write about it. For [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Early Steelhead and Tyson’s ‘Courf!’ Returns

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack struggled to get dressed and make that Monday cameo on the Fish Wrap. After three days of shorts and flip-flops, these-here jeans pulled on like sandpaper and work boots felt like vices. Monday morning clothes/Scrape and bind tortured torso./And it’s not a suit. For you few Haiku [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On High Desert BBall and B.S.

Welcome back toHaiku Monday, where Fish Hack is finally back at the Fish Wrap after a three-day hoop tourney in Bend, where the North Medford varsity girls took no prisoners in a clean sweep of High Desert teams. Glad to be back in steelhead country. Can’t leave steehead long./Hack’s a West Sloper for sure./Keep your [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Bad Ties and Downer Steelhead

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack won’t put in a full effort in the fifth minute of stoppage time for this-here blog. World Cup Heartbreak Tour./Ties like French-kissing a shad./Should never be seen. For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian [...]

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HAIKU MONDAY: Day Late Cuz Hack is Officially Old

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is mailing this-here post in a day late cuz it just didn’t seem right to file on that half-century mark. Fish Hack turns 50/OIfficial antiquity./Old, still immature. For you few Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about [...]

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