Father and son teams excelled in recent bass tournaments on local lakes.
Although Mitch Wasley and his dad, Mike, didn’t win the May 18 competition at Lake San Antonio, they logged their second runner-up finish in Best Bass Coastal Region events. With one event remaining, the Wasleys are 18 points out of first in the Anglers of the Year point standings race.
Covered in last week’s column was the Tri Valley tournament won by Dana Chatterly and son Clayton.
The Wasleys are a longshot to capture AOY honors, but they are assured of a berth in the October Tournament of Champions.
With only 10 minutes remaining, Mike Wasley caught a fish that improved the team’s bag weight by half a pound. The catch enabled the team to nail down second place with a final limit weighing 11.33 pounds.
“We caught all of our fish working soft plastic Sweet Beavers around trees,” Mitch Wasley said. “We lost two good ones to the trees.”
Jason and Geno Lazzzerini of Prunedale won the tourney with a 13.09 limit. They lead the AOY race with 754 points.
Best Bass Coastal Region top six
All 5-Fish limits, Weight, Winnings
1. Jason & Geno Lazzerini, Prunedale, 13.09 pounds, $950; 2. Mitch & Mike Wasley, Paso Robles, 11.33 pounds, $590; 3. Danny Conaster, King City, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach, 10.50 pounds, $550; 4. Jeremy Gearhart, Jason Martin, Atascadero, 10.21 pounds, $190; 5. Jay Short, Templeton, Damon Meeks, Atascadero, 10.04 pounds; 6. Austin & Larry Bonjour, Atascadero, 10.02 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 3.88 pounds, Conatser & Dostal; 2nd Big Fish 3.48 pounds, Eddie Davidson & Matt Messina, Atascadero, $65.
After Jim Keeney won the Ambushers’ tourney May 18, he couldn’t be reached because he flew to Kansas City, Mo., to help his dad celebrate his 90th birthday.
Twenty-three anglers fished the Nacimiento Lake event, and Keeney posted the lone limit. He even culled three fish.
“About 2:30 I caught the big fish of the tournament, (3.33 pounds), on a grub,” the Paso Robles angler said. It was heavier than the bag weight of anglers who placed seventh through 10th.
“It took me until 10:30 before I caught my first keeper. I had a limit by 1 o’clock,” Kenney said.
He fished over rocks in eight or nine feet of water with swimbaits measuring 2 1⁄4 inches and grubs.
Ambushers top 10
Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Jim Keeney, Paso Robles, 5, 8.46 pounds, $267; 2. Jacob Lewis, Atascadero, 3, 6.01 pounds, $160; 3. Grant Kuhns, Carmel, 3, 5.93 pounds, $107; 4. Marc Hazuka, Atascadero, 3, 5.37 pounds; 5. Burt Lund, Atascadero, 2, 3.65 pounds; 6. Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 3, 3.42 pounds, 7. Jedd Ingrahm, Paso Robles, 3, 2.96 pounds; 8. Joan Lund, Atascadero, 2. 2.82 pounds; 9. Ken Meeks, Atascadero, 2, 2.72 pounds; 10. Jeff McAdams, Carmel, 1, 2.68 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 3.33 pounds, Keeney, $160.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Only 24 boats were launched last week, the fewest since the start of the rockcod season May 1. Eighteen lingcod were in the catch but no salmon.
The Whopper of the Week, a 20-pound, 6-ounce lingcod, was caught by Bill Pebworth of Arroyo Grande.
A 12-pound, 12-ounce lingcod caught by Dusty Musgrave of Oceano was the big fish of the week.
Other jackpot winners included Brian Meadows, Bakersfield, 12-0 ling, Randy Swanson, San Luis Obispo, 11-0 ling, Wendy Cooper, Bakersfield. 10-0 ling, Arnold Luisi, Arroyo Grande, and Tony Baldivia, Arroyo Grande, both 8-0 lings, Patrick Darnell, Arroyo Grande, 7-5 ling, and Gebhardt Maravillas. 5-0 ling.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com.
Last week, 228 passengers caught 78 lingcod, 696 red rockcod, 1155 assorted rockfish, 11 bolina and one bocaccio.Virg’s Landing
A trio of anglers shared big fish honors last week with catches of 14-pound lingcod. They were: Adam Boyd, Arroyo Grande, Stuart Darling, Bakersfield, and Roger Vargas, Bakersfield.
Other jackpot winners included Arlelio Zepeda, Martinez, 10-0 ling, Eric Walting, Arroyo Grande, 8-0 ling, Vincent Wactom, Morro Bay, 7-0 red rockcod, Sophie O’Neal, Bakersfield, 6-0 bocaccio, and Glen Brown, Clovis, 6-0 ling.Sundowner trips will begin this weekend. The fare for the 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday trips is $49. The Black Pearl will be running overnight trips departing at 10 p.m. Monday and returning by 6 p.m. Tuesday. The load limit is 25 passengers. Cost is $165. For reservations and trip schedules call 772-1222 or go online to www.virgs.com.
Last week’s catch by 215 passengers included 66 lingcod, 816 red rockcod, 1,246 assorted rockfiish and one boaccio.Whale Rock
The Memorial Day holiday extended fishing to six days which inspired 86 anglers catch 10 trout and one bluegill.
Six of the trout gobbled PowerBait, while four bit on worms.
Jeremy Harkins reeled in 18- and 17-inch fish on PowerBait, and Gary Collier bagged a 16-inch trout with the same bait, all Saturday. The most fish, three, were caught by Jeff Minkler (18-, 16- and 14-inch) on worms Sunday.
Also Sunday, Dan Brebs landed a pair of 15-inch fish using PowerBait. Devin Johansen used PowerBait for a 14 1⁄2-inch trout on PowerBait, and Josh Hansen landed a 13-inch on worms both Monday.
The lake received a 900 pound of trout plant Tuesday, its first trout plant since 2008.
Bernadette La Barr, reporting from the marina, said Roger Chickering of Simi Valley caught a 2 1⁄2-pound redear on a crappie jig. The catch was made across the lake from the marina.
Santa Margarita Lake
Although the lake is at 55 percent of capacity, both the White Oak and Marina launch ramps are operable. On Friday, Atascadero’s Forrest Ingram caught and released a 10-pound, 3-ounce bass. His catch was made with a white spinnerbait. Marina Manager Don Lopez notes that shad are on the surface.
Glen and Helen Johnson of Bakersfield, who have a vacation home at Heritage Ranch, caught 66 white bass Tuesday and 26 Wednesday morning. They were vertical jigging with Kastmasters and Real Image lures.
Bunky Charles and Jack Foster caught spots to 31⁄4 pounds in Las Tablas. Dave Rymal, reporting from Heritage Ranch, notes the bite shuts down by 10 a.m.
Cut mackerel and dough baits are producing an active catfish bite in The Narrows and Cachuma and Johnson’s Bays. Bass fishing has been fair to good, according to marina manger Ken Hemer. Topwater presentations are working both early and late in the day. Drop-shotting and jigs are the best bet midday.
Trout fishing has been fair in 30 to 40 feet of water in the river channel early in the day by trolling dodger/crawler combos. The rest of the day drifting worms near the dam has triggered the best bite. Crappie appear to have taken the holiday off with very few bites.