Fishing Report: Patriot Sportfishing adds big, old boat

Special to The TribuneOctober 16, 2013 

The second-oldest active sportfishing boat in California is now operating out of Patriot Sportfishing in Avila Beach. 

Owner Wade Gavin purchased the Sea Angler, a 65-foot vessel that had been operating out of the 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro.

Longtime saltwater fisherman Dan Barrios from San Luis Obispo was aboard the Sea Angler on Sunday for its second trip to Point Purisima. 

“It’s a nice big boat and very fishable,” Barrios said. “There’s plenty of room to fish on the sides and ample space for fellow anglers to walk by. Another plus is bench seating that you can use between drifts and a nice hot galley.”

The Sea Angler, built in 1933, has a 22-foot beam and is powered by twin Cummings diesel engines. Sal Rocha is the skipper of the new arrival. Mike Oddo is in charge of the galley, which seats 15. 

The 31 aboard Sunday caught 62 lingcods. Dan Barrios had the big one at 18 pounds, 6 ounces.

The 55-foot Rita G, which has been operating out of Patriot this rockcod season, is being readied for a Coast Guard inspection. The vessel was sold Aug. 4 by the late Michele Leary’s parents, John and Sharon Rowley, to Denise De Cock, a longtime nurse in Bakersfield. Her father was a sea captain in the past. Her plans for the Rita G are undetermined.

Cal Poly team second at Clear Lake

The Cal Poly team of John Zeolla and Kyle Greenlaw placed second  in the two-day FLW College Western Conference Bass tournament over the weekend at Clear Lake.

The Mustang duo was in sixth place after Saturday’s fishing with an 18-pound, 8-ounce limit. They trailed the leaders by 3 pounds, 15 ounces. A Sonoma State entry opened with the heaviest limit of the competition, 22, pound, 7 ounces. They skidded to a ninth-place finish Sunday, adding only two fish.

Only the top 10 teams in the 45-team field qualified to compete Sunday.

Zeolla and Greenlaw had the fourth-heaviest bag (19 pounds, 3 ounces) Sunday to earn a runner-up finish with 10 fish weighing 37 pounds, 11 ounces. The team earned $2,000 for the Cal Poly University Fishing Club.

A Humboldt State team that had the second-heaviest limit both days won with a 41-pound, 10-ounce total.  

Lintner places 11th at Clear Lake

Big bass were biting at a fever clip in last week’s three-day FLW Everstart Series Western tournament at Clear Lake. There were 24 five-fish limits caught that weighed from 25 to 32 pounds. 

Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner was not among the pros who weighed a huge bag.

The Central Coast resident Bassmaster Elite angler came within four ounces of qualifying to fish the third day of the competition. His 22-pound, 5-ounce and 23-pound, 8-ounce limits were respectable. His 45-pound, 11-ounce total weight narrowly missed the cut. He finished 11th, earning $1,810.

Louis Fernandes of Santa Maria placed 25th with nine fish weighing 38 pounds, 5 ounces. Recent Cal Poly collegiate angler Scott Hellesen from Whittier was 51st with seven fish and 28 pounds. Nipomo’s Patrick Touey placed  57th with six-fish and a 24-pound, 9-ounce weight.

Patriot Sportfishing

Sixty-two lingcod were caught by 31 passengers aboard Patriot’s new boat acquisition, the Sea Angler, making its second trip to Point Purisima on Sunday. 

San Luis Obispo’s Dan Barrios had the big fish, an 18-pound, 6-ounce one that elevated him to second place in the third phase of Patriot’s ninth-annual lingcod contest. 

Other jackpot winners were Mike Ravalin, Arroyo Grande, 12-8 ling, Manny Lemos, Pismo Beach and Jose Serano, Bakersfield, both 10-0 lings, Tony Castillo, Santa Maria, 8-0 cabezon,  Mitch Knauss, Shell Beach, 6-0 red rockcod, and McKay Bixler, Fresno, 3-0 bocaccio. 

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

Morro Bay Landing

Lingcod weighing 12 and 8 pounds took jackpot honors on trips aboard the Black Pearl last week. Travis Lemmons of Bakersfield caught the 12-pound ling. The other jackpot winner was not identified.

Forty-seven anglers caught 370 assorted rockfish, 25 red rockcod and 33 lingcod.

For reservations and trip schedules call 771-5500.
Port San Luis Boatyard

Boats were launched only five days last week but Sunday, 31 lingcod were in the catch for the fourth time this season. The catch tied for the ninth best daily harvest of lings. For the week when only 46 boats were launched the total count for lings was 80. Nine halibut and one white seabass were counted. However, no fish were weighed, thus no Whopper of the Week.

Virg’s Landing

The landing has a new incentive. Jackpot winners on Friday trips will be awarded two free trips.

Although the next two-day fishing trip is not until Nov. 24 and 25, reservations fill rapidly. The fare is $235.  For reservations or trip schedules, call 772-1222 or go online to

Shallow water trips are featured Thursdays when waters 100 feet deep or less are targeted.

Winning jackpots last week were David Castillo, Delano, 20-0 ling, Derrick Lazano, Bakersfield, 13-0 ling, John Demsey, Visalia, 11-0 ling, Lewis Presley, Bakersfield, Thomos Roscoe, Fresno, and Adam Baydo, Arroyo Grande, all 10-0 lings, Ruben Serna, Bakersfield, 9-0 ling, and Mark Ayers, Los Osos, 7-0 ling.

Albacore outlook

Harrell Kimball noted that there were four or five boats out Wednesday prospecting for albacore. He had no reports on what was taking place. Wednesday night he planned to check the latest forecasts for offshore weather for the weekend.

Whale Rock

By catching two trout last week, Jeff Minkler has caught more fish than any other angler fishing Whale Rock. He caught 16- and 17-inch fish on Oct. 12 to bring his 2013 total to 30, one more than Jeremy Harkins. All but one of Winklers’ fish were caught on worms. Twelve anglers tried their luck last week, boosting the turnout total for the season to 857. 

Lopez Lake

Marina staffer Tyler Moss reported these recent catches: Eric Lemieux, San Luis Obispo, a 3-pound bass on a drop shot from the F Dock; Jay Green, Arroyo Grande, a 21⁄4-pound crappie on a Z spoon; and James Williams, Rancho Cucamonga, a 21⁄8-pound redear on a nightcrawler in Cottonwood Cove.

Santa Margarita Lake

Creston’s Ted Radcliff caught 7-pound, 2-ounce and 6-pound bass Wednesday morning drop-shotting. Redear, bass and catfish are being caught by those who try.

Cachuma Lake

Bass action has improved with rip baits, medium cranks, small swimbaits, drop-shotting and jigs. Falling water temperatures have sent catfish deeper but those who have targeted them have made reasonable catches.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Nature Center lawn, “Creepy Creatures” will be featured. Learn about owls, scorpions, spiders and snakes in the spirit of  Halloween. The event is free; park admission is $10 per vehicle.

Wildlife meeting

San Luis Obispo will host one of 11 public meetings by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Every 10 years the State Wildlife Action Plan is updated. Meetings are intended to educate the public about work being done to update the plan. Input from the public is sought. The meeting will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Ludwick Community Assembly Room, 864 Santa Rosa St. 

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