Fishing Report: Wounded Warriors trip set to go

Special to The TribuneOctober 2, 2013 

Twenty-two wounded or disabled warriors will be guests of Anglers Anonymous Central Coast on Saturday for the second-annual Wounded Warriors deep-sea fishing trip out of Morro Bay. 

Veterans will be coming from Sacramento, Bakersfield and San Diego as well as the Central Coast.

Anglers Anonymous has chartered the Fiesta from Virg’s Landing.

Contributions from PG&E and private donors, plus club tournaments, have financed the event.

Fishing is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eight to 10 club members will assist the veterans aboard ship. Other club members will help in preparations for the post-fishing barbecue. That event will take place in Morro Bay’s Tideland Park. The Bay Osos and Atascadero Kiwanis Clubs are sponsoring and staging the barbecue.

Private individuals and businesses have donated fishing equipment and prizes.

Pursuers triumph

The Chatterlys of Lompoc, Dana and son Clayton, 18, have logged four Tri-Valley tournament wins in the past three years at Cachuma Lake.

But, not Saturday in the 2013 Tri-Valley Club Fish-Off.

They were finally defeated by Frank Fernandes and his partner of two seasons, Janet Ross.

Fernandes and Dana Chatterly honed their bass fishing skills over many years at Cachuma.

This season, the Chatterlys were winners of three club tourneys — two at Cachuma and again at Nacimiento Lake in May — en route to winning 2013 Angler of the Year honors. Fernandes and Ross placed third and fifth in the Cachuma challenges and third at Nacimiento. In the AOY standings, they were second, 27 points back of the Chatterly duo.

Fernandes said: “Early on Saturday, we could not catch any fish drop-shotting or flipping. Janet has the patience necessary for drop-shotting.  And once again she saved us, fishing a cove near Jackrabbit Flats. I’m a power fisherman and I finally began catching fish flipping and froging.  We burned $80 worth of fuel running back and forth eight times from the dam to the Santa Ynez River.”

The couple assists tournament director Steve Vidmar by handling weigh-ins. They were last to weigh their catch. The Chatterlys had weighed the only limit, 9.40 pounds, and figured to win once more.

However, the limit Fernandes and Ross produced came in at 10.56 pounds.  At last they had  triumphed over the Chatterlys. Helping their winning total was having the event’s big fish, 2.36 pounds.

Tri-Valley Top 8, No. Fish, Weight

1. Frank Fernandes, Santa Maria, Janet Ross, Santa Margarita, 6, 10.56 pounds; 2. Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 6, 9.40 pounds; 3. Greg & Mike Higgins, Santa Maria, 4, 5.21 pounds; 4. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 3, 4.37 pounds; 5. Johnny Johnson, Santa Maria, Rob Marquez, Orcutt, 2, 3.87 pounds; 6. Ron & Derek Morrison, Lompoc, 1, 2.19 pounds; 7. Danny Knotts, Santa Maria, 1, 1.65 pounds; 8. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 1, 1.64 pounds. (Five  teams blanked).

Patriot Sportfishing

Rick Lamberton of Lompoc grabbed the lead in phase three of Patriot’s ninth-annual Lingcod contest by catching a 19-pound, 6-ounce fish while fishing aboard the Rita G Sunday. 

The top three in the standings at the end of October will receive checks for $300, $200, and $100. The grand prize at the end of December is $1,000.

The overall leader is Atascadero’s John Mulay with a 21-pound, 1-ounce lingcod caught July 30.

All paid Patriot passengers are automatically entered into the contest. There is no entry fee.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200 or go to

Jackpot winners last week were: Matt Nelson, Atascadero, 14-9 ling, Craig Chambers, Lompoc, and Robert Madson, Bakersfield, both 10-0 lings, Vincent Sanchez, Visalia, 9-4 ling, Ryan Flowers, Templeton, and Darrin Fagundes, Arroyo Grande, both 9-0 lings, Lois Campana, Templeton, 8-0 ling,  Robert Sakurai, Alameda, 7-4 ling, Mark McKinney, Tulare, 6-0 ling, Rick Van Beck, Tulare, 5-0 copper rockfish, and David Jennings, Santa Maria, 3-0 red rockcod.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Santa Maria’s Greg Lister earned Whopper of the Week laurels with an 11-pound lingcod caught Saturday. 

No boats were launched three days last week. Sixty-one boats were dispatched, 46 of them over the weekend.  Fifty-nine lingcod, six halibut and one salmon were caught. Full rockcod limits were logged Sunday and three-quarter limits three days.

Morro Bay Landing

An albacore trip leaving at 8 p.m. Friday and returning at 6 a.m. Sunday is planned. 

For more information and reservations, call 771-5500. Cost is $275.

Virg’s Landing

The Landing plans to run albacore trips as soon as sea conditions are favorable.

Call 772-1222 or go for reservations and trip schedules.

Twenty-one passengers aboard the Princess on last weekend’s two days of fishing at Pacific Valley and Pt. Lopez caught 84 lingcod, 260 red rockccod and 160 assorted rockfish. Reservations are being taken for the next two-day, Oct. 19 and 20. The fare is: $235.

Jackpot winners included: Adam Boyd, Arroyo Grande, and Sebastion Peregena, Bakersfield, both 16-pound lings, Greg Veech, Visalia, 15-0 ling, Stone Cyrus, Fresno, and Jeffery Socal, Compton, both 14-0 lings, and Won Ahn, Los Angeles, 13-0 ling.

Whale Rock

Jeff Minkler caught three of the five fish that were taken last week. 

On Sunday, he landed two trout measuring 16 and 18 inches. That gave him 28 for the year, one behind leader Jeremy Harkins.  

Gary Collier reeled in a 15-inch rainbow on worms Sept. 25. It was his fourth fish of the year and the first one since June 5. The fifth fish (171⁄2 inches) was caught on PowerBait on Sept. 27.

Through 23 weeks of the season (114 days), 167 trout have been harvested by a turnout of 842 anglers.

Santa Margarita Lake

The Paso Robles Optimist Club is sponsoring a kids fishing event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Equipment will be furnished. Those up to age 15 are welcome. A hot dog barbecue will follow.

Adults fishing near the marina store early this week caught an abundance of redear.

Nacimiento Lake

Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said Greg Hanley’s son, 6-year-old Spencer, caught a 2-pound spot Sunday. Bunky Charles, Jack and Brad Foster and another friend caught four limits of spotted bass Tuesday fishing near the dam with Real Image and Kastmaster lures.

Cachuma Lake

Cheyenne Morris, 18, of Lompoc was last week’s featured angler. Her 22-pound limit of catfish was anchored by an 11-pounder. Her catches were made with cut mackerel and nightcrawlers in Harvey’s Cove. Clark Canyon and Cachuma Bay were other hot spots. The topwater bass bite slowed, marina manager Ken Hemer said. Some anglers caught bass using jigs, Texas rigs, and by drop-shotting plastics.

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