Basmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner got in some recreational fishing last weekend in the first Tri Valley Club tournament of the year.
He fished with a new partner, Jeremy Burns. Lintner’s usual partner in these events, son J.C., was not available because a school basketball game conflicted with the tournament at Lopez Lake.
Lintner won the Tri Valley contest by 1.95 pounds over two employees of his No. 1 pro sponsor, Tackle Warehouse.
Joey Reggio and Tom Scott registered their best tournament performance with a 20.52-pound, six-fish team limit.
“My partner and I only had 10 bites all day,” Lintner reported in a brief phone interview. “I used jigs, swimbaits and Crunch Minnows to register the win.”
The Crunch Minnows are bait created by Scott Garmen of Morro Bay.
Big-fish honors went to Atascadero’s Brad Shepherd and Clark Endres. They had a 7.76-pound largemouth. The second-big fish of 6.51 pounds was landed by Grant Koontz and Jeff McAdams, a tandem new to local tournament competition. Lintner had the tourney’s third- largest fish, 6.11 pounds.
Tri Valley Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight
1. Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Jeremy Burns, Paso Robles, 6, 22.47 pounds; 2. Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Tom Scott, 6, 20.52 pounds’ 3. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 6, 1970; 4. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 6, 19.06 pounds; 5. Danny Knotts, Skeeter Moore, Santa Maria, 18.69 pounds; 6. Jeff Hodges, Arroyo Grande, Bud Aquino, Grover Beach, 6, 18.32 pounds; 7. Nick Salvucci, San Miguel, Tony Salvucci, Atascadero, 6, 17.71 pounds; 8. Jay Short, Templeton, Gene Gray, Atascadero, 6, 16.61 pounds; 9. Jeff Smith, Atascadero, Justin Ludwig, 6, 16.11 pounds; 10. Brad Shepherd, Clark Endres, Atascadero, 5, 15.89 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 7.76 pounds, Shepherd & Endres; 2nd Big Fish, 6.51 pounds, Grant Koontz & Jeff McAdams.
Gilroy duo wins at Nacimiento Lake
The victors in Saturday’s opening Best Bass Coastal Region tournament had little experience fishing at Nacimiento Lake. A year ago, the team competed in only two of the six scheduled regional tournaments finishing fourth and 14th, both at Nacimiento.
Gilroy’s Johnny Beasley, paired once again with boat owner Matthew Clark, walked off with the championship with a five-fish limit of 8.04 pounds and a $1,300 purse.
“We knew that everybody was having a tough time. But, we were feeling confident heading to the scales because we had two kicker fish in our limit,” Beasley said.
Their kickers were a 3.14-pound spot and a 2-plus-pound largemouth. The big spot was the event’s second-largest fish.
Only three local teams placed among the top 10 in the 29-team competition. Atascadero’s Matt Messina and Eddie Davidson were sixth. Erik Zillig and Martin Zillig of Paso Robles were seventh while Grover Beach’s Dan Dostal, who pairs with Danny Conatser of King City, finished 10th.
Best Bass Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Matthew Clark, Johnny Beasley, Jr., 5, 8.04 pounds, $1,300; 2. Ty McCutchen, Brian Bechman, Bakersfield, 5, 7.73 pounds; $805; 3. David Reed, Bakersfield, Timothy Nishikubo, Taft, 5, 7.25 pounds; 4. Jason Lazzerini, Moss Landing, Geno Lazzerini, Prunedale, 4, 6.10 pounds, $185; 5. Jay Rich, Terry Rawles, Bakersfield, 5, 4.55 pounds, $170; 6. Matt Messina, Eddie Davidson, Atascadero, 4, 4.17 pounds, $150; 7. Martin Zillig, Galt, Erik Zillig, Paso Robles, 3, 3.64 pounds; 8.Harlin Gibson, Maricopa, Mark Snow, Bakersfield, 2, 3.44 pounds; 9.Ray Huff, Tim Caudle, Bakersfield, 4, 3.42 pounds; 10. Danny Conaster, King City, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach, 2, 2.92 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 3.17 pounds, Reed & Nishikubo; 2nd Big Fish, 3.14, Clark & Beasley.FLW Everstart pro-am
Four local area amateurs participated in the first of four Western Division FLW Everstart Tournaments last week at Lake Oroville.
Buellton’s Whitney Uyeda placed 65th in the 115-angler field. He had eight fish in two days for an 11-pound, 7-ounce weight.
Former Cal Poly college angler Scott Hellesen of Whittier, finished 67th with six fish weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces. Lompoc’s Ken Whalen placed 85th with a seven-fish, 7- pound, 12-ounce two day weight. Robert Merino of San Luis Obispo, was 112th with a single fish weighing 1-pound, 7 ounces.
Jack Farage of Discovery Bay was the co-angler winner with a three-day weight of 30 pounds, 15 ounces for 15 fish.
There were no local pros competing. Ryan Friend of Orovill took pro honors with 15 fish weighing 37 pounds, 5 ounces.
FLW College Western Division
Fifty teams representing 23 Western colleges and universities competed in a one-day FLW College bass tournament Saturday at Lake Oroville.
John Zeolla and Kyle Greenlaw represented Cal Poly. They placed 33rd with three fish and a 4-pound, 5-ounce weight.
The Eastern Washington duo of Jarred Walker and Nick Barr, who had never previously fished Oroville, won the first of four tournaments on the 2013 schedule. They had a five-fish limit weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces.
The next event is Feb. 23 at Arizona’s Roosevelt Lake.
Super Bowl fare option: albacore enchiladas
Central Coast Women for Fisheries is still taking orders for albacore enchiladas.
The nonprofit organization’s fundraiser has a target of 600 trays of enchiladas (four to the tray). It’s a Super Bowl Party menu treat to be enjoyed during the Feb. 3 game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Two options are available — green sauce corn tortillas or red sauce flour tortillas. Trays are $10 each.
To order, call Jackie at 772-8281 or Sharon at 674-4854. Orders may be picked up between 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Morro Bay Community Center. The albacore were troll-caught on the West Coast.Patriot Sportfishing
Results of the Jan. 19 crab and sanddab trip were: 16 participants caught 38 sanddabs, 123 dungeness and one rock crab.
Crab and sanddab trips are offered from 6 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays, weather and reservations permitting. Cost is $60.
Nature cruises are planned Sundays and Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger.
Call 595-7200 for reservations and more information.
A great many varieties of birds were seen by 40 passengers aboard the Black Pearl on Jan. 19. It was a 10-hour private charter for the Morro Bay Bird Festival.
Whale watching trips are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $39 and $29 for children 15 and younger.
For more information and reservations, call 772-1222.
Marina manager Aaron Boyd reports anglers fishing from the F Dock are having success catching crappie. Twelve of the 35 teams in Saturday’s Tri Valley Club bass tournament had six-fish limits.
A total of 116 fish were caught. There were eight smallmouth and 108 largemouth in the catch. Just seven teams blanked.
Heavy boat traffic last week was the apparent reason for slowing the hot trout bite. Still, some rainbows to eight pounds were caught, marina manager Ken Hemer said. Kastmasters, Krocodiles and spoons produced well. Shore fishermen fared the best, employing floating nightcrawlers or PowerBait at Marina Point, E Point and the Mohawk Pier.