Central Coast has best salmon bite of the season

Special to The TribuneJune 19, 2013 

Anglers aboard private boats out of the Port San Luis Sports Launch last week registered their best salmon take of the year.

A 76-fish count Sunday, when 39 boats were launched, boosted the week’s salmon total to 167 fish.

Thirty-nine salmon were checked in on Saturday, when 35 boats were dispatched.

Prior to last week, there had been only one week when more than 100 salmon were caught by fishermen who launched their boats out of Port San Luis.  Between April 29 and May 5 a total of 114 salmon were harvested. The best day that week was Saturday, May 4 when 49 salmon were counted at the marina.

Wrapping up Whopper of the Week honors with a 29-pound salmon retrieved on Sunday (June 16) was Oceano’s Matt Barkhauff.

The bountiful lingcod harvest continued last week. One-hundred-forty-three lings were caught from 129 boats. It was a follow up to the 169 lingcod caught June 3-9.

A year ago, the PSL Boatyard landing registered its best salmon hauls of the year on back-to-back weeks: 493 the week of April 23-29, and 390 between April 30 and May 6.

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Clear Lake Pro-Am, June 10, 11, 12

Three of the five Central Coast pro anglers entered in last week’s three-day Clear Lake Pro-Am bass tournament finished in the money. And one of the five local amateur entries cashed a check.

Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner put together limits all three days in placing second just 1.51 pounds behind winner Howard Hughes of Redding. Lintner’s 15 fish weighed 68.28 pounds.

Lintner ranks winning the 2005 Bassmaster Western Open tournament at Clear Lake as his second proudest accomplishment as a professional fisherman.  He considers his No. 1 achievement to be qualifying four times in seven years for the Bassmaster Classic. To do so required competing at a high level against the best bass fishermen in the world in the Bassmaster Elite Series. 

He was disappointed in not winning last week but is hoping the $7,500 he earned will be a good omen for this week’s Elite tournament on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wis. The four-day event begins today.

Pros Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria,  with a 62.61-pound bag and Dale Ball, Creston, with a 62.41-pound sack, placed 13th and 14th, respectively. Each won $1,000.

Nicholas Gregg,  Atascadero, weighed 14 live bass. His 62.10 bag was ninth best-paying $1,000.

Patriot Sportfishing

Thirty-four, 28, 26 — These are the lingcod counts on three trips last week. The ling total for the week was 115.

For reservations and trip schedules call 595-7200 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com

Last week’s catch by 308 anglers  was 115 lingcod, 295 red rockcod, 235 bolina, 1,853 assorted rockfish, 14 cabezon, one halibut, one kelp greenling, 51 Dungeness crab and two rock crab. 

Virg's Landing

Customers aboard the Black Pearl on Thursdays from 7 to 3 and Tuesdays from 6 to 2 use squid for bait when available. Adult fares are $69, while children go for half-price. Wednesdays are Ladies Days with fares of $49. Gents are welcome on the 8 to 2 trips for a fare of $59.

For reservations or complete trip schedules, call 772-1222 or go online to www.virgs.com 

The catch by 389 passengers last week included, 193 lingcod, 937 red rockcod, 2,215 assorted rockfish, 20 bolina, four cabezon, one halibut and one kelp greenling. 

Whale Rock

Fifty-six anglers managed to catch only four trout last week. John French had the week’s longest trout, 18 inches on June 13. The catch was made on a worm. James Byron caught a 171⁄2-inch fish with PowerBait while “Boomer” harvested a pair of 17-inch trout, also on PowerBait. Both men caught their trout on June 12. The reservoir is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.

Lopez Lake

On June 10, a second 900-pound plant of triploid Rainbow trout was received at the lake. Larry Iaquinto, San Luis Obispo County parks superintendent, said a third plant is expected next week, provided the lake water does not become too warm. 

Ranger Bob Yetter reports anglers catching trout from shore at  Boathouse Cove, the fishing dock and Cottonwood Cove. PowerBait is the bait of choice. Planted trout average half a pound.

Lake Nacimiento

Glen and Helen Johnson, a Bakersfield couple who have a summer home at Heritage Ranch, drop-shotted flukes on Wednesday and caught 16 crappie, 20 to 25 spotted bass and two catfish. Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said, “Prior to Wednesday fishing had been a tale of woe.”

Santa Margarita Lake

Don Lopez, Marina Manager, says both launch ramps are operational. However, he says whether the White Oak ramp makes it through the summer is problematic.

Matt Thorp, seasonal park aide, said “the best fishing has been early in the morning and late in the day.”

Cachuma Lake

Ken Hemer, marina manager, said, “Buzzbaits, Poppers and Zara Spooks have been working early and late for a good bass bite. Texas rigs and drop shotting are producing midday. Warm water has driven the trout population down 40 to 50 feet. Dodger/Needlefish or Dodger/Nightcrawler combos have produced some quality fish. Cut mackerel is the bait of choice for a good catfish bite around Arrowhead Island, Cachuma Bay and The Narrows.”

Junior Hunt Lottery

Postcard applications are being taken for a Sept. 14-15 Apprentice (under age 16) deer hunt on the Chimineas Unit of the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. Application should include the junior hunter’s license number, name, address and phone number. Mail to: Chimineas Apprentice Deer Hunt, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, 3196 South Higuera St., Suite A, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. The deadline is July 26.

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