Thanks to the participation of 25 anglers who braved less than ideal ocean fishing conditions Saturday, the fund that will finance a second Wounded Warriors fishing trip was enriched by $1,500.
Anglers Anonymous Central Coast has tentatively scheduled sponsoring their second deep-sea fishing outing for veterans for Oct. 5.
Combined with a $2,000 grant from PG&E, Anglers Anonymous now has $3,500 in its treasury earmarked to fund the special event honoring some of our nation’s heroes. Additional contributions are welcome to cover the expense of boat fuel, special equipment, and a post event barbecue and rental of the park site. They should be sent to Anglers Anonymous president Greg Birkholz, 375 Helroy Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.
Because no salmon, white seabass or halibut were caught by the 25 anglers operating out of seven boats, prizes were doubled for the lingcod category. Heath Macklin from Visalia was the grand prize winner of $320 for his catch of a 12.21-pound lingcod. Steve Winter of Morro Bay, fishing with Heath and Ken Macklin, took first prize with an 8.31-pound lingcod.
Andy Dunn of McFarland placed second with a 7.87-pound ling. Bill Zeiders of Bakersfield was third with a 7.71-pound ling. All prize winners kept only their $40 entry fee, returning the balance of their winnings to the club.
Tri Valley tourney
Dana Chatterly and son, Clayton, 18, relied on special plastic worms they pour in their Lompoc garage.
The “amber green weenies” were their ticket to their second straight Tri Valley tournament win Saturday at Nacimiento Lake. It also catapulted them into a tie for the lead in the season’s standings.
“Late in the day I lost what may have been a 5-pound fish that came unbuttoned at the boat,” Dana Chatterly said. “I was sure that it would cost us. We were surprised at the weigh-in that none of the other 20 teams had a 6-fish limit.”
In fact, only four teams brought five fish to the scales, and the Chatterlys had the best bag of 10.45 pounds, including the 1-pound bonus. The event’s only 3-pound fish (3.28 pounds) was caught by Dana Chatterly.
The Chatterlys caught about 40 fish, mostly 10- and 11-inch ones that don’t count in competition.
“We came away feeling great because we moved into a tie for first in the standings,” Dana Chatterly said.
Tip Martin of San Luis Obispo and Bill Lukeman of Santa Maria placed ninth.
Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight
1. Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 5, 10.45 pounds; 2. Brandon Macie, Mark Hinson, San Luis Obispo, 5, 10.04 pounds; 3. Frank Fernandes, Janet Ross, Santa Maria, 5, 7.82 pounds; 4. Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, Graham Grove, Atascadero, 5, 7.29 pounds; 5. Aaron Quarles, Nipomo, Mark Weiting, San Luis Obispo, 3, 3.52 pounds; 6. Steve & Justin Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 2, 3.04 pounds; 7. Travis Stahl, Heath Miller, Nipomo, 2, 2.69 pounds; 8. Greg & Mike Higgins, Santa Maria, 2, 2.40 pounds; 9. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 2, 2.22 pounds; 10. Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Scott Garman, Morro Bay, 1, 1.83 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 3.28 pounds, Chatterly & Chatterly; 2nd Big Fish, 2.84 pounds, Macie & Hinson; 3rd Big Fish, 2.82 pounds, Fernandes & Ross.
Cal Poly team 11th
Cal Poly’s entry in the third of four FLW College Western Region tournaments finished in 11th place Saturday at the California Delta. John Zeolla and Kyle Greenlaw caught a 5-fish limit weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces. The champion Chico State team had a 24-pound, 1-ounce bag. Fifty teams were entered.
Zeolla and Greenlaw placed 33rd at Lake Oroville in January and were ninth at Arizona’s Roosevelt Lake in February. The season’s final test will be Oct. 12 at Clear Lake.
The week’s fishing was highlighted by the catch of 25 lingcod by 22 passengers Sunday aboard the Rita G.
A pair of 15-pound lingcods topped the jackpot list. Roosevelt Vickers of Bakersfield and Glenda Wolfey of Afton, Wyo., shared honors. Other jackpot winners included Mat Shin, San Luis Obispo, 13-0 ling, Alan Garcia, San Luis Obispo, 12-0 ling; Mel Carter, Arroyo Carter, Arroyo Grande, 10-0 ling, Alan Garcia, San Luis Obispo, 9-0 ling; Chris Day, Lindsay, 7-0 ling; Lewis Jones, Tulare, 5-o ling, and Michael Patterson, Pismo Beach, 5-0 red rockcod.
Last week, 189 anglers caught 75 lingcod, 568 red rockcod, 250 assorted rockfish, and18 bolina.
For reservations and trip schedules, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Weather conditions last weekend forced the cancellation of the overnight trip. The next overnighter is set for June 8-9. Cost is $205. Anglers may bring home two limits of fish.
For reservations and trip schedules, call 772-1222 or go to www.virgs.com.
Lingcod catches accounted for all last week jackpots. Winners and weights were: Keith Tralick, Oakhurst, 15 pounds, Jesus Castanda, Clovis, 14, Roy Rowe, Bakersfield, 12, Frint Kwan. Los Angeles, 11, Gary Colt, Atascadero, 10, Jim Carroll, Bakersfield, 9, and Tim Neschikubo, Taft, 6 pounds.
Last week, 221 anglers caught 120 ligcod, 574 red rockcod, 1,161 assorted rockfish, one cabezon and one wolf eel.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Chris Citew of San Luis Obispo caught the lone salmon Sunday, but the 16-pound, 2-ounce fish was the Whopper of the Week. Anglers aboard 54 launched boats brought in 11 salmon and 57 lingcod. Three-quarter limits were logged six days and full rockcod limits Tuesday when only three boats were dispatched.
Using PowerBait, Pat Buckley caught five trout Sunday. His catch included two 17-inch, two 18-inch and a 19-inch fish. Jayson Hofstetter, another PowerBait afficionado, bagged a 19 and a 171⁄2-inch fish May 16.
Dan Brebes and Jeremy Harkins both caught two 16-inch fish Saturday, while Justin Pennington also caught two 16-inchers, plus a 13-incher Sunday. The lone catch on worms was by John French, a 17 1⁄4 on May 15.
For the week, 54 anglers harvested 17 trout.
Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays and legal holidays, including Memorial Day.
Regular lake visitors Glen and Helen Johnson of Bakersfield caught 35 white bass Tuesday using Kastmasters, while Heritage Ranch residents Martin Rowley and Dave Rymal, caught 20 and six whites, respectively, by vertical jigging Real Image lures.
Santa Margarita Lake
Arthur Kell of Shell Beach caught and released a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass Saturday, using a nightcrawler as bait.
Marina staffer Bernadette La Barr reported that Nathan Green, 9, reeled in a 1-pound carp on a crawler Sunday. He was fishing from the F dock.
“Trout fishing is good trolling or drifting worms 30 to 40 feet down the water column at the west end of the lake,” marina manager Ken Hemer said.
“Some 5-pounders were caught. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are biting on top water presentations early and late in the day. Texas rigs, drop shot and jigs are producing midday. Cut mackerel and dough baits are enticing catfish in the backs of Johnson and Cachuma Coves. Crappie are being caught all over the lake on crappie jigs tipped with meal worms or small spinners.”