Fresh from a victory on the local tournament scene, Jared Lintner heads back to the Bassmaster Elite Tour bent on following the lead of Mike McClelland, his tour traveling buddy.
Three weeks ago, McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., logged his seventh career win.
Arroyo Grande’s Lintner placed 12th at Missouri’s Table Rock Lake. It was the first time both were finalists at the same event.
Lintner paired with longtime partner Nick Salvucci on Saturday to win the sixth and final regular season American Bass Pacific Coast competition at Lopez Lake.
The title was secured when Salvucci, cranking a swimbait, caught a 7.05-pound bass with a second crankbait in its mouth. That catch in the first 45 minutes of the event nipped a 7.04-pound fish caught by Darrin Bishop and cousin Dean Miller.
During a phone interview with Lintner on Tuesday, he called Salvucci “one of the best bass fisherman around. He’ll do fine in the remaining 101 Bass events while I’m gone.”
As you read this, Lintner will be en route to Louisiana and Toledo Bend Reservoir, where the fourth Elite challenge will be contested May 1-4.
With 13th-, 18th-, and 12th-place finishes behind him, Lintner is second in the Angler of the Year standings.
“I’m not looking too far ahead,” he said. “When you are competing against the best bass fishermen in the world, you gotta keep bringing it. This year, I’m not getting down on myself or chasing bites that I hear about. I’m staying positive and fishing the way I like to fish, shallow with reaction baits.”
Next week he’ll be sharing a house with buddy McClelland, Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, and Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla. Combined they’ve won a total of 11 B.A.S.S. titles. At the start of this season, Faircloth ranked 21st and McClelland 25th among B.A.S.S. all-time millionaires with winnings of $1,316,162 and $1,259,036, respectively.
At home, Lintner is repeatedly asked “when are you going to win an Elite event?”
Perhaps in their down time, his roommates will impart some knowledge that will lead Lintner to an Elite win.
Thirty-eight of the 108 Elite anglers on the 2014 tour have no career victories. Twenty-four have one win, while 46 others have more than a single triumph.
ABA Pacific Coast Finale
Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Nick Salvucci, Atascadero, Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, 5, 26.51 pounds, $2,985; 2. Mike & Travis Dashek, Santa Maria, 5, 23.72 pounds, $1,240; 3. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 5, 22.57 pounds, $740; 4. Gene Gray, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 5, 22.09 pounds, $200; 5. Joseph Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Rich Zeilenga, Oceano, 5, 21.73 pounds; 6. Mike Maddux, Matt Quaresma, Arroyo Grande, 5, 21.72 pounds; 7. Austin Bonjour, Chase Austin, Atascadero, 5, 18.65 pounds; 8. John White, San Luis Obispo, Freddie Ledesma, Soledad, 4, 16.74 pounds; 9. Brad Shepherd, Clark Endres, Atascadero, 5, 16.36 pounds; 10 Sheldon Waters, Kevin Hang, Lompoc, 5, 16.33 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 7.05 pounds, Salvucci & Lintner, $315; 2nd Big Fish, 7.04 pounds, Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Dean Miller, Tulare, $189; 3rd Big Fish, 6.61 pounds, Mitch Wasley, Paso Robles, Jeremy Gearhart, Atascadero, $126.
Two limits equal Vogt win
Bryan Vogt rode his forte, bed fishing, to a Bass Ambushers win April 12-13 at Santa Margarita Lake. He bested Jerry May by 14-hundredths of a pound. The difference: Vogt had two limits, May was one fish shy each day. Vogt blanked Saturday until finding bed fish at the dam about 12:30. He was virtually alone Sunday at the right side of the dam.
His biggest fish was a 4 1⁄2-pounder en route to a 27.92-pound tourney total.
Ken Meeks had Saturday’s big fish, 5.43 pounds.
“In practice my son, Damon, found an under water stump that probably held a big fish,” Meeks said. “I went there early and my Senko delivered.”
May used a crankbait for Sunday’s big fish, 4.72 pounds.
Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Bryan Vogt, Paso Robles, 10, 27.92 pounds, $160; 2. Jerry May, Paso Robles, 8, 27.78 pounds, $96; 3. Al Rush, Paso Robles, 6, 20.92 pounds, $64; 4. Ken Meeks, Atascadero, 5, 17.39 pounds; 5. Burt Lund, Atascadero, 3, 8.78 pounds; 6. Paul Bailey, Creston, 2, 7.27 pounds; 7. David Hughes, Atascadero, 2, 6.74 pounds; 8. Allan Branson, Paso Robles, 1, 4.03 pounds; 9. Michelle Duncan, Bakersfield, 1, 2.79 pounds; 10. Joan Lund, Atascadero, 1, 2.59 pounds.
Day 1 Big Fish, 5.43 pounds, Ken Meeks, $50; Day 2 Big Fish, 4.72 pounds, Jerry May, $50.
Respected saltwater source Harrell Kimball says: “The first 10 days of the season was better for boaters out of Morro Bay than Port San Luis. But, since the wind has come up the bite has died.”
Port San Luis Boatyard
Ryan Codorniz reports: “Last week 43 boats were launched and 24 salmon were caught. None were weighed so no Whopper of the Week.”
Only three salmon were caught last week on four trips with 41 anglers. There is room on Friday’s 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip for $89. There are no openings Saturday, and no boat available Sunday. Rockcod fishing opens May 1.
For more information, go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
At this writing, spots were open on Friday’s salmon and crab trip and Saturday’s salmon trip. Rockcod fishing opens May 1. Call 595-7200 or go to www.patriotsport fishing.com for reservations, more information.
Morro Bay Landing
Space is available aboard the Black Pearl for the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 rockcod opener with a $69 fare. The boat is fully booked May 2 and 3. Call 771-5500 for reservations and more information.
Marina staffer Bernadette La Barr reports the lake received a 3,000-pound (4,000 fish) CDFW trout plant Tuesday.
Recent catches include a 20-pound, 5-ounce catfish by Bakerfield’s Brent Pierson using a nightcrawler in Mallard Cove, a 25-fish crappie limit by an angler using lime green jigs, and a 2-pound trout by Bakerfield’s Nina James fishing from the F Dock with a gulp minnow.
Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said a resident couple caught 12 bass, catfish to 5 pounds and carp to 12 pounds Monday. Catch-and-release angler Martin Rowley used Real Image and Kastmasters in Las Tables Cove for 40 white bass. On Friday, Bunky Giles, Jack Foster and Brad Foster used live shad to catch 18- and 20-pound catfish they released plus limits of spotted bass and whites.
Both large and smallmouth bass have been seen on beds and are attacking a wide variety of baits. Trout fishing is rated “fair” to “good” by marina manager Ken Hemer. Flat-lined Rapalas, Kastmasters and flicker shads are working all over the lake. Bank fishermen are using PowerBait and nightcrawlers at E Point and to the right of the launch ramp.
Trolled or drifted mini jigs and a variety of small trout lures are working for crappie. The East end of the lake is best option. The best places to catch catfish are the backs of coves and cuts. Cut mackerel is the best bait.