Fishing Report: Saltwater fishing tournament is a fundraiser for Wounded Warriors trip

Special to The TribuneAugust 21, 2013 

Anglers Anonymous Central Coast is sponsoring a dual purpose saltwater fishing tournament Saturday out of the Port San Luis Boatyard launch ramp. Half the proceeds from the $40-per-person entry fee will help fund the organization’s second-annual Wounded Warriors fishing trip scheduled for Oct. 5. 

The other half will be paid out to winners. The person catching the heaviest fish wins the grand prize. Cash awards also will go to anglers who place first, second and third in the rockcod/lingcod category and the halibut/salmon/white seabass/tuna division. The fundraiser includes a raffle and begins at 5:30 a.m. Participants must be back at the launch ramp by 3 p.m.

Cost of the Wounded Warrior event is estimated to be $3,000. PG&E has given a $2,000 grant. A boat must be rented this year. The one donated in 2012 is no longer available.

Donations to Anglers Anonymous Central Coast are welcome. Checks should be made out to Anglers Anonymous Central Coast and mailed to Club President Greg Birkholz, 375 Helroy Road, Arroyo Grande, 93420.

Chatterlys are a lock

The Chatterlys from Lompoc have taken ownership of Cachuma Lake when it comes to Tri Valley Bass Club competition. The father, Dana, and his 18-year-old son, Clayton, have won four club tournaments there the past three years.

The latest win last week sealed this season’s Anglers of the Year laurels by a margin of 27 points over Frank Fernandes and partner Janet Ross.

After Dana flipped for a 3.10-pound tournament “big fish” around 7 a.m., he assumed the role of netter while Clayton caught fish on a spinnerbait, then a crankbait and finally caught two more by drop-shotting.

Unlike other bass tourneys, Tri Valley has six-fish team limits, not the traditional five. In the Chatterlys’ May win at Nacimiento Lake and last week, they won with just five fish, three largemouth and two smallies. A sixth fish came unbuttoned at the boat.

Clayton returned home from North Carolina barely in time to fish after competing in a national junior golf tournament there.

Tri Valley Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight 

1. Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 5, 10.65 pounds; 2. Danny Knotts, Skeeter Moore, Santa Maria, 5, 8.20 pounds; 3. Frank Fernandes, Janet Ross, Santa Maria, 4, 7.56 pounds; 4. Mike Reese, Ventura, Marc Jeu De Vine, Westlake Village, 5, 6.93 pounds; 5. Doug Chessmore, Andy Joaghin, Santa Barbara, 5, 6.10 pounds; 6. Steve & Justin Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 2, 5.03 pounds; 7. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 3, 3.80 pounds; 8. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 2, 3.80 pounds; 9. Johnny Johnson, Santa Maria, Rob Marquez, Orcutt, 1, 3.21 pounds; 10. Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, Phil Infante, Long Beach, 2, 2.62 pounds.

Virg’s Landing

Santa Maria’s Caleb Kerley celebrated his 11th birthday royally as his grandmother granted his wish with a first-time, deep-sea fishing trip.  Next to him Darrell Berry of Bakersfield reeled in a big lingcod. He promised to hand Caleb his pole the next time he was hooked up. And so it happened. The youngster wound up with a 32-pound, 41-inch halibut. They shared fillets and a birthday to remember.

All jackpot were lingcods. Weights were: Patrick Pardue, Texas, 23-0, Henry Gomez, Orange County, and Jesse Spencer, San Luis Obispo, both 13-0,  Stuart Haines, Visalia, and Dennis Sedermeyer, Fresno, both 10-0, Steve Harmon, Blythe, 9-0, James Fox, Morro Bay, Derek Polk, Coalinga and Alec Kuipers, Virgin Islands, all 8-0, and Paul McMahon, Sonoma, 6-0.

On the Aug. 17-18 two-day trip, 21 anglers caught 84 lings, 400 red rockcod and 40 assorted rockfish.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 772-1222 or go online to 

Hazuka nabs Ambushers’ win

Positioning himself at the mouth of the Nacimiento River on Saturday, Marc Hazuka carved out a win by more than 2 pounds in the eighth Ambushers’ club tourney of the season. With jigs and crankbaits, he put together a five-fish, 10.76-pound limit for a $147 payday. The 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. contest was held  under mostly moonlit skies.

Runner-up Al Rush included the event’s “big fish” (2.91 pounds) in his 8.38-pound bag that paid $143 — $88 for his finish and $55 for the “big fish.” 

Ambushers Top 10, No. Fish, Weight, Winnings

1. Marc Hazuka, Atascadero, 5, 10.76 pounds, $147; 2.  Al Rush,  Paso Robles, 5, 8.38 pounds, $143; 3. Ken Meeks, Atascadero, 5, 7.62 pounds, $59; 4. Grant Koontz, Monterey, 5. 7.30 pounds; 5. Jeremy Donk, San Luis Obispo, 5, 6.96 pounds; 6. Burt Lund,  Atascadero, 5, 6.34 pounds; 7. Allan Branson, Paso Robles, 5, 5.96 pounds; 8. Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 4, 5.33 pounds; 9. Bryan Vogt, Paso Robles, 5, 5.14 pounds; 10. Graham Melander, Paso Robles,  3 ,4.23 pounds. 

1st Big Fish, 2.91 pounds,  Rush,  $55. 

Patriot Sportfishing

Eight-year-old Jonathan Argandona of West Covina outfished 32 other anglers aboard the Patriot on Wednesday by catching the jackpot fish, a 71⁄2-pound lingcod.

Winning jackpots last week catching lings were: Sam Clark, Bakersfield, 12-8, Ceiron Parry, North Wales, 12-0, Kelan Murphy, San Diego, 11-6, Harold Luna, Corcoran, 11-0, Tyson Vickers, Bakersfield, 10-5, Terry Knight, Bakersfield, 10-0,  Justin Mareth, Santa Maria, 9-0, Jessica Baker, Santa Margarita, and Mark Morrow, Santa Maria, both 7-0, and John Kozas, Paso Robles, 6-8.

Brad Bucher, San Luis Obispo, and Ben Hernandez,  Santa Maria, had a 10-0 cabezon and a 4-0 red rockcod, respectively.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200 or go online to  
Port San Luis Boatyard

Nipomo’s Dave Van Wie took Whopper of the Week honors with a 26-pound, 5-ounce halibut caught Aug. 12. Seventy-one lingcod and 11 halibut were caught by anglers aboard 100 launched boats. Last week, full rockcod limits were caught daily except for Monday’s half limits.

Whale Rock

The two most proficient anglers at the reservoir, Jeff Minkler and Jeremy Harkins, caught four and three trout, respectively, all on worms and all Sunday. Harkins has caught 25 trout this year after reeling in a pair of 16-inchers and a 17-inch trout Sunday. Minkler caught 12-, 16-, 17- and 18-inch trout bringing his total to 21. Gary Van Zee bagged 15-, 16-, and 18-inch trout on PowerBait on Aug. 16. Mike (no last name) caught a 16-inch fish on PowerBait on Aug. 15.

After 17 weeks of fishing, 134 trout have been caught; 11 last week.

Thus far, 683 anglers have tested their skill and luck.

Nacimiento Lake

Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal caught a 3-pound spotted bass Tuesday trolling a white curly tail grub by the dam. He also caught 2 and 1 1⁄2-pound spots while vertical jigging a Kastmaster. He released his catch. A day earlier, Bunky Charles, Jack and Brad Foster and two friends caught 15 spotted bass and two large catfish.

Lopez Lake

Marina reporter Griffin Horton said: “A Southern California bass club held a championship tournament last Saturday. Anglers aboard 32 boats caught fish on jigs and square billed crankbaits.

Santa Maria’s Aldo Contreras caught a 2 1⁄8-pound crappie Sunday with shad bait. Bass are down 15 to 20 feet, while panfish are being taken over rock piles on worms and black and silver jigs.”

Santa Margarita Lake

Only the main launch ramp is open. White Oak is closed.  Bass, catfish, bluegill and redear can be caught early and late with topwater bait. Drop-shotting is the midday ticket.

Cachuma Lake

Morro Bay angler Dave Hernandez weighed a 34-pound, 10-catfish limit using cut mackerel for bait. They were still biting when he left at 2  p.m. Prime spots are Santa Cruz and Harvey’s Bay.

Ken Hemer says bass fishing improved via jigs, drop shotting and topwater presentations. Trout fishing is “fair,” trolling downriggers dragging Needlefish and Dodger/Crawler combos in 50 feet of water. 

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