Fishing Report: Making lures, tying flies can be great Father’s Day presents

Special to The TribuneJune 4, 2014 

If your father is a do-it-yourselfer and a fisherman, too, here’s a great idea for a fun Father’s Day present you can both tackle together.

Consider making custom lures, tying flies or building a fishing rod from a huge selection of blanks, with expert tips from Mud Hole, the custom tackle company that’s served generations of DIY anglers in more than 100 countries for nearly 40 years.

Whether your dad (or you) is a novice or an enthusiast, there’s an introductory line of lure-making components and kits giving you both the ability to create some of your favorite lures, to your own personal specifications, tastes and needs.

Getting started is easy. There’s also savings in both time and money designing one of your own creations or customizing existing lures.

If dad’s a new tyer or a seasoned fly crafter, Mud Hole has the materials, tools and accessories you need. Knowing how to tie your own flies is greatly rewarded with more hook ups and the satisfaction that you fooled the fish.

Mud Hole has rod-building supplies for both fresh and saltwater. Top name blanks and kits come with a Rod Building 101 instructional DVD. Pro rod builders Scott Gimbert and J.L. Leffler explain all the basic knowledge anglers need to assemble their new rod kit.

Visitors to Mud Hole’s website, www.mudhole.com, can also see the video online. While there, order Mud Hole’s free 244-page catalog filled with more tips.

For more info, contact Scott Gimbert at (866) 790-7637, ext. 104 or scott@mudhole.com.

Torres leads lingcod contest

A 24-pound lingcod was landed by Joe Torres of Arroyo Grande aboard the Patriot on Tuesday. The catch enabled Torres to take over the lead in Patriot Sportfishing’ 10th-annual Lingcod Contest.

Torres won the 2008 competition with a 22-pound, 1-ounce lingcod caught on Nov. 6 of that year.

The largest ling ever caught in the previous nine contests was landed by Shane McGraw of San Luis Obispo on Dec. 27, 2013. The fish was first hooked by his 8-year-old son Max, who was unable to crank it up from the deep and had to turn things over to his dad.

Overall winners in previous competitions more often than not made their catches later in the year — four in November, one in October, two in September and the 2013 victor four days prior to the closing of the lingcod season.

Bonjour nabs bass title

Atascadero’s Austin Bonjour won the fifth tournament on the Bass Ambushers schedule by nearly five pounds. He sealed the title by fishing beds. He brought a 16.78-pound limit to the scales. It was the only limit caught at Santa Margarita Lake on May 24. There were 16 entries, and seven of them were unable to catch a fish.

There have been five different Ambushers tournament winners this year.

Ken Meeks leads the competition for Angler of the Year. He has 507 points. Tournament Director Al Rush is a distant second with 398 points.

Ambushers Top 9, No. Fish, Weight, Winnings 1. Austin Bonjour, Atascadero, 5, 16.78 pounds, $225, 2. Chase Austin, Atascadero, 4, 11.92 pounds, $141; 3. Grant Koontz, Carmel, 4, 11.28 pounds, $94; 4. Marc Hazuka, Atascadero, 3, 11.24 pounds; 5. Paul Bailey, Creston, 4, 10.53 pounds; 6. Ken Meeks, Atascadero, 3, 6.74 pounds; 7. Jeremy Lewis, Atascadero, 1, 5.57 pounds, $85; 8. Burt Lund, Atascadero, 2, 4.62 pounds; 9. Jim Keeney, Paso Robles, 1, 2.06 pounds. 1st Big Fish, 5.67 pounds, Jeremy Lewis, $85.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Ross Rickard of Grover Beach earned Whopper of the Week honors with a May 31 catch of a
22 1⁄2-pound salmon. Patriot Sportfishing

Winning jackpots on recent trips were: Brian Jones, Arroyo Grande, Richard Parker, Bend, Ore., Joe Torres, Arroyo Grande, all 12-0 lings; Paul Ito, Gardena, 11-5 ling; Jim Conelly, Tulare, Craig Ritz, Santa Maria, both 9-0 lings; Dylan Cossal, Bakersfield, 8-0 ling; Marie Donangelo, Monterey, 7-0 ling; Carolyn Mendes, Lemoore, 6-0 ling; and Pete Guidis, Paso Robles, 5-0 red rockcod.

A 10-hour trip (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) aboard the Sea Angler on Sunday highlights the upcoming trip agenda. Cost is $82. Half-day trips (7 a.m. to noon) are scheduled Friday and Saturday for $52 while a three-quarter day trip (6 a.m. to 2 p.m.) is planned for Friday for $68.

Call 595-7200 or go to www.patriotsportfishing.com for reservations and more information.

Virg’s Landing

Winning jackpots last week were: Miguel Serrano, 16-8 lingcod, Domingo Aguirre 15-10 ling, Mike Oviatt 12-11 ling, Ben Grave11-15 ling, Howard Jorgensen 11-7 ling, Heorge Suchard 11-0 ling, Adam Boyd, 10-0 ling, Tim Duncan 9-14 ling, Bob Goosen 7-0 ling, Carlos Ceja 6-12 ling, Tom Korpela 6-1 ling, and Anthony Villarreal 6-0 ling. (Technical problems caused omission of angler hometowns.)

For trip schedules, fares and reservations go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.

Morro Bay Landing

On three trips late last week, 47 anglers caught 21 lingcod and 357 assorted rockfish. The lone jackpot was won by Nick Balidiviez of Bradley, who caught a 7-pound, 8-ounce lingcod. Half-day (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and three-quarter day (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) trips are scheduled Saturday and Sunday. Fares are $59 and $69, respectively.

For more information and reservations, go to: www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.

Whale Rock

Only five anglers showed up last week, but they caught seven trout, bringing the season’s total to 47 fish.

Jeremy Harkins used PowerBait for 16- and 17-inch trout on May 28 and an 18-incher on May 29.

Jeremy and Matt (no last names provided) reeled in 17- and 18.5-inch rainbows with nightcrawlers Sunday. The same day, an anonymous angler used worms to land a 10-inch trout.

The facility is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.

Nacimiento Lake

Fish caught without being weighed on a certified scale are not lake records. This applies to the reported catch of an 11-pound, 14-ounce largemouth. The correct action would have been to have the fish weighed at Oak Hill Market’s meat counter at Heritage Ranch.

Dave Rymal, Heritage Ranch reporter, said Bunky Giles, along with Jack and Brad Foster caught 15 spotted bass and 30 to 35 white bass. The Monday catches were made with live shad for bait.

Santa Margarita Lake

Boats can still be launched at Santa Margarita Lake, but it’s at your own risk.

When launching a boat, truck tires are still on cement while boat trailers are on gravel, Ranger Will Wilkerson advised. The most recent bass tournament on the lake was a Bass Ambushers tournament May 24.

Lopez Lake

From the marina, Bernadette La Barr reported these recent catches: A three-quarter-pound crappie on a green grub by Jason McFarland of Nipomo in Mallard Cove, a 2 3⁄8-pound bluegill with a nightcrawler in Cottonwood Cove by Vernon Callum of Pasadena and a 1-pound bluegill by Caroline Johnson, Santa Maria, with a red worm in Strawberry Flats.

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