Adequate funding for the second-annual Wounded Warriors saltwater fishing trip was achieved by a combination of events last week.
Receipt of a $1,000 check from a North County couple, combined with proceeds from a third fundraiser competition by the Anglers Anonymous Central Coast Club, cemented the deal. Some of our nation’s heroes will be the honored participants fishing aboard a chartered boat out of Morro Bay on Oct. 5.
The leadership of the Anglers Anonymous Club was aware early on that the commercial fishing vessel used for the 2012 Wounded Warriors trip was no longer available. The donors of the generous check, which arrived in the mail late last week, noted that the contribution was to help in the chartering of a boat. They requested anonymity.
A $2,000 grant by PG&E was received in late May for the Wounded Warriors fishing adventure
Saturday’s fishing competition was conducted under less than ideal conditions — there was more wind and swell than desired. Forty-one anglers aboard 15 boats entered the tournament, which embarked out of the Port San Luis Boat Launch.
Brandon Marshall of Nipomo had the “big fish” of the event, a 25.48-pound lingcod. It paid $193.50. The lone catch in the non-rockcod-
lingcod category was a 15-pound, 5-ounce halibut caught by Jeromy Frakes of Arroyo Grande. His winnings were $129. He also won an Avet fishing reel in the raffle.
Place winners in the rockcod-lingcod category were: 1. Jim Banakus, Santa Maria, 16-1 lingcod, $129; 2. Joe Tuttobene, Santa Maria, 12-5 lingcod, $64.50, 3. Tony Castillo, Santa Maria, 11-6 cabezon, $32.25.
Greg Birkholz, the Anglers Anonymous, Central Coast president, said: “We received incredible support from numerous area businesses who donated many attractive raffle prizes that generated lots of interest, making it a very successful part of the fundraiser.”
Lintner climbs in standings
By finishing 32nd and 27th in his final two Bassmaster Elite tournaments, Jared Lintner not only earned checks ($10,000 apiece) but moved up in the Angler of the Year standings from 92nd after six events to 79th in the final standings.
Last week, the eight-year Elite pro made the 50-man cut with 15-pound, 4-ounce and 15-pound, 9-ounce limits to sit in 43rd place at the midpoint of the final 2013 event on Detroit’s Lake St. Clair. On day three, he brought an 18-pound, 3-ounce bag to the scales. It was the 10th-heaviest limit by the 50 semifinalists.
At Lake St. Clair, the Arroyo Grande angler was the highest-placing Californian, which is a major accomplishment in itself; Skeet Reese of Auburn was 83rd, while Ish Monroe of Hughson and Chris Zaldain of San Jose finished 58th and 59th, respectively.
Lintner missed the 50-man cut in five tournaments. His only other payday was in the third event at Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. His 46th place there paid $10,000.
Lintner and his Elite traveling buddy, Mike Mc Clelland of Bella Vista, Ark., finished 32nd and 33rd, respectively, in the Elite AOY standings a year ago. The top 28 pros in the final AOY standings, plus the eight tournament winners automatically qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. Both Lintner and McClelland gained entry into the 2013 Classic thanks to some double qualifications by several Elite Tour colleagues.
In the 2013 Classic, at Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees near Tulsa, Okla., Lintner placed 33rd in the 53-angler field with two limits, 22 pounds, 10 ounces good for a $10,000 payday. McClelland, who lives near the Classic site, finished fifth with a 45-5 bag worth $25,000.
Lintner has qualified for four Classics. His best finishes have been 19th and 20th.
5-9. All fish caught last week were taken on PowerBait.
Phil Van Zee caught three 15-inch fish, a 16-incher and a 17-incher Friday. He came back the next day, and fishing with Brandon Van Zee, they caught five more: two 15s, a 17, 19 and a 20.
Danny Brebs caught a 17- and a 19-inch trout Saturday while Dustin (no last name listed) retrieved 15- and 19-inch trout Friday.
After 88 days of fishing during the 18 weeks the reservoir has been open, 148 trout have been caught. The turnout of 38 anglers last week hiked the number of participants to 721.
Visalia’s Reuben Benavides caught last week’s big fish, a 17-2 ling. Other jackpot winners were: Marc Combs, Santa Maria, and Ray Chanley, Bakersfield, both 12-0 lings, Shannon Reid, Santa Maria, 10-0 ling, Susanne Thomas, Visalia, 9-0 ling, Kevin Pope, Visalia, 8-0 ling, Roger York, San Luis Obispo, 8-0 cabezon, Jonathan Argandone, West Covina, 7-5 ling, Kirk Chambers, Bakersfield, 7-0 ling, Carlos Contreras, Fowler, 7-0 cabezon, and Josh Brown, Porterville, 6-0 ling.
For trip schedules and reservations call 595-7200 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com
All of last week’s jackpot fish were lingcod, topped by a 16-pounder caught by San Luis Obispo’s Lance Henden. Other winners and weights were: Crystal Deathridge, Monterey 15-0, Deven Hite, Atascadero, 12-0, Sherry Robinson, Visalia, 11-0, Cameron Ronank, Tennessee, Delores Ceresco, Napa, and Brandon Coton, Bakersfield, all 8 pounds.
Shallow-water trips are scheduled for Thursdays with fishing off Montaña de Oro State Park in water no deeper than 100 feet. Fare for the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trips is $69.
For reservations and a complete trip schedule, call 772-1222 or go online to www.virgs.com
Port San Luis Boatyard
Marshall, a participant in the Anglers Anonymous Central Coast fundraiser, won the tournament and took Whopper of the Week honors as well with a 25.48-pound lingcod. For the week, anglers aboard 98 launched boats caught 106 lingcod and 12 halibut.
For the second straight week, no salmon were reported. Rockcod limits were posted every day last week except Saturday when three-quarter limits were logged.
Morro Bay Landing
Last week, the Black Pearl began fishing out of the new landing, Morro Bay Landing at 1213 Embarcadero. Half-day trips (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) are $59 and three-quarter day trips (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are $69.
On Friday, 16 anglers caught 14 lingcod, 15 red rockcod and 145 assorted rockfish. Jackpot honors went to Ron Ballew of Bakersfield with a 10-pound ling.
For reservations, call 771-5500.
Santa Margarita Lake
Dennis Yates of Chino used chicken hot dogs for bait Sunday and reeled in catfish weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces and 21 pounds, 4 ounces. He was fishing in front of the marina.
Paul LaPointe of Paso Robles caught four bass Wednesday morning by drop-shotting. His catch was anchored by a 6-pound, 14-ounce fish.
Heritage Ranch resident Martin Rowley caught 10 to15 spotted bass while fishing on the surface at the dam on Tuesday. He kept only a 5-fish limit.
Marina reporter Lacey Wineman said Arroyo Grande’s Mike Austin enticed a 3 1⁄8-pound largemouth bass Sunday with a gulp worm for bait.