Time is running out for Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner.
Today, the Arroyo Grande angler begins his next-to-last tournament of this year on the St. Lawrence River that forms the New York-Canada border.
The event, which concludes Sunday, promises to be a smallmouth fest. Largemouth also live in the river and no doubt will be needed to bolster bag limits that are expected to be larger than has been the case in the previous six Elite events.
Lintner began the 2013 campaign picking up a $10,000 check by placing 33rd in a field of 53 anglers in the Bassmaster Classic. It was his fourth qualification for the prestigious event in his first seven seasons on the Elite tour.
The 39-year-old has cashed only one other $10,000 check in six Elite competitions. He placed 46th in April at Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. So far, he has not come close to covering his 2013 Elite entry fee.
Qualifying for next year’s Classic is a long shot. He would need a win either this week or in the Elite finale on Detroit’s Lake St. Clair later this month to punch his ticket. Lintner has missed the 50-man cut in five of six 2013 Elite events.
A number of tour pros share Lintner’s frustration. Jeremy Starks and Brandon Palaniuk, who were tournament winners in 2012, currently rank 84th and 89th respectively in the Angler of the Year standings. Rick Clunn, a four-time Classic winner ranks, 56th. Lintner is 92nd.
Lingcod weighing 22 and 21 pounds took jackpot honors on a two-day charter aboard the Black Pearl.
Los Angeles anglers Mike Monterone and Robert Spect respectively won the jackpots. Forty-one lings were caught by the 23 anglers on board. The catch also included 460 red rockcod.
Reservations are being taken for the next open party two-day trip set for Aug. 17-18. Cost is $235. Anglers may catch two limits of fish. Departure is at 9 a.m. Saturday with return between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday.
For reservations or trip schedules, call 772-1222 or go online to www.virgs.com.
Other jackpot winners last week included: Mike Lentz, Camp Roberts, 15-0 ling, Matt Salseto, Fresno,13-0 ling, Chris Darling, Bakersfield, 12-0 ling, Glen Fukumoto, Morro Bay, Matt Fermon, Atascadero, and Bill Britchett, Bakersfield, all 11-0 lings, Joe Valdez, Hanford, 8-0 ling, Ernie Lopez, Fresno, 7-0 red rockcod, Ray Childs, Morro Bay, 6-0 ling, and Nancy Guthrie, Morro Bay, 5-0 red rockcod.
The catch last week by 529 passengers included 194 lingcod, 666 red rockcod and 2,722 assorted rockfish.
Port San Luis Boatyard
For the third consecutive week, the Whopper of the Week was a halibut. The 36-pound, 8-ounce flattie landed by Jeremy Frakes of Arroyo Grande on Saturday was the second-largest halibut of the season. It was bettered only by the 37-pound, 2-ounce fish caught the previous week by Greg Birkholz of Arroyo Grande.
The 37 flatties checked in at the Sports Launch last week was the most this year.
The 121 private boats dispatched last week was the sixth-most of the season. The 124 lingcod was the fourth-largest weekly total. The harvest included 15 salmon, and for back-to-back weeks, rockcod limits were posted daily.
Boatyard owner Marty Codorniz reports both blue and black rockcod being caught lately are larger than usual — 3- and 4-pounders.
A week ago, Atascadero’s John Mulay grabbed the lead in the July-August segment of the ninth-annual Patriot Lingcod Contest. He’s also the contest’s overall leader with the 21-pound, 1-ounce ling caught July 30 aboard the Patriot. His catch trumped the 17-pound, 5-ounce winning weight by Bakersfield’s John Sturgeon posted June 9 to lead the May-June competition.
At the end of the year, the overall winner will pocket $1,000.
Holding second place in the July-August section is Chris Utley of Ridgecrest. He caught an 18-pound, 5-ounce lingcod aboard the Rita G on July 7.
In third place with a 17-pound, 8-ounce ling is Tom Romero of Clovis. His catch was made aboard the Patriot on July 25.
Other jackpot winners were: Frank Palo, Santa Rosa, 12-8 ling, Arnold Luisi, Arroyo Grande, 12-0 ling, Mike Terrones, Lompoc, 11-0 ling, Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, and Doug May, Orcutt, both 10-11 cabezons, Kevin Grimes, Paso Robles, Adam Peltier, Pismo Beach, Matt Davila, Sanger, all 10-0 lings, Alex Avila and Kevin Jones, both Porterville, both 9-0 lings, David Lockwood, Flagstaff, AZ, 6-0 ling, Keith Bow, Pismo Beach, and Thaddis Johnson, Lemoore, both 5-0 boccacios, Michael Betts, Nipomo 4-0 red rockcod, Michelle Galord, Ivanhoe, 3-0 red rockcod, Terry Agin, Nipomo, 3-0 copper rockfish.
For reservations and trip schedules, call 595-7200 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com.
The catch last week by 447 passengers: 98 lingcod, 387 red rockcod, 1965 assorted rockfish, 11 cabezon and six boccacio.
Poly team had tough nationals
Cal Poly was represented for the first time in the eighth-annual Carhartt National Bass championships at Young Harris, Ga., last week.
Kyle Greenlaw of San Luis Obispo and John Zeolla of Oak Park placed 63rd in the 64-team competition held Aug. 1-3.
Greenlaw and Zeolla managed two fish weighing 2 pounds, 14 ounces Thursday and one fish (1-pound, 11 ounces) Friday.
The same duo will represent Cal Poly in the FLW Western Conference series. The fourth and final event on the schedule is Oct. 12 at Clear Lake.
Greenlaw and Zeolla placed ninth in the 34-team event at Arizona’s Roosevelt Lake in February, and 11th in a 15-team tourney at the California Delta in May.
For the second time in the past three weeks, only one trout was caught, that by an anonymous angler. The 18-inch trout was taken on a worm.
The reservoir has been open for 73 days for fishing. Thus far, 114 fish have been caught. The turnout of 12 anglers brings the season’s total to 633. Whale Rock is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Reporting from the marina, Bernadette La Barr notes, “Lane Barber from Taft caught bass to 3 3⁄4 pounds using nightcrawlers at Marina Point. A Visalia angler fishing by the bridge with Gary Yamamoto jigs caught bass over two pounds. Stringers of panfish were caught at Marina Point by brothers John and Jose Cruz using silver and black jigs and nightcrawlers.”
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina manager Don Lopez said: “The fish are confused by our recent 41- and 42-degree temperatures. Some anglers using mackerel for bait are catching catfish to 12 and 15 pounds. Bass are biting primarily early morning and evening.”
Catfish to six pounds were taken last week, mostly in Santa Cruz Bay but also in Cachuma and Johnson Bays on cut mackerel and nightcrawlers. Bass fishing improved some, but fish are down 20 feet. The best crappie action is in Santa Cruz Bay and near the cistern using mini jigs and trolled Rapalas at 20 to 30 feet. A few trout were taken drifting worms near the dam.