Can there be such a thing as a fishing lure that catches too many fish?
Wyoming authorities have banned lures that emit light in an attempt to catch fish, and advertisers are using that fact as a tactic to sell gimmick lures such as Bite Lite.
The technology is a tiny battery-powered electrical system that flashes a blood red light down a lure’s tail when it’s moved in water.
Being predators, fish will always go for the most vulnerable prey. Seeing a smaller fish bleeding could prompt a strike. As the logic goes, predators will grab a meal when they can. It may be a while before the next one.
Advertisements for such lures make claims of anglers catching a high volume of fish in short time spans.
Because the technology reacts to movement, every retrieval generates a different kind of flash; so if a fish passes on your first cast, it could see a new presentation on your next one.
One kit of three Bite Lites costs $29.95. Two or more are $25 each. Shipping is $7 no matter how many kits you buy.
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New Lure On The Way
Scott Garman of Morro Bay, a local lure innovator, anticipates his swimbait creation, called “Crunch Minnow,” will be available early next month at Tackle Warehouse and Jim’s Pro Bass Tackle. His firm is called Pro Point Fishing Lures.
A work in progress is a frog called “Cajun Kicker,” which will be patented.
Port San Luis Boatyard
The number of lingcod and salmon caught last week by anglers aboard private boats dispatched from the Sports Launch at Port San Luis dropped off from the previous week. But, the 74 salmon was the third best count of the year and the 74 lingcod was the fourth largest catch. The week of June 10-16 was the No. 1 salmon harvest (167) while the most lingcod counted (169) took place the week of June 3-9. Ninety-eight boats were launched last week. A 20-12 salmon caught June 23 by Bernie Hawkins, of Arroyo Grande, took “whopper” honors.
Go online to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222 for reservations to view July 4 Cayucos fireworks from the ocean. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children younger than 16. Departure is at 7:30.
The two-day (July 6-7) fishing trip is fully booked. The next one will be Aug. 17-18. Tickets are $235. A combination white seabass and rockcod trip on the Black Pearl departs 9 p.m. June 30, returning at 3 a.m. July 2. The fare: $175. Load limit: 25.
All 12 jackpot winners last week caught lingcod. The largest was 15 pounds.
The Patriot can accommodate 39 passengers and the Rita G 32 to view the July 4 Pismo Beach fireworks show. Departure will be 7 p.m. Fares are $40 for adults. Youngsters 12 and younger $30. For reservations call: 595-7200 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com.
A 16-pound lingcod caught by Bryan Meadows, Bakersfield, was last week’s heaviest fish.
Thirty-three anglers turned out last week, but only one of them had the magic touch. Jeremy Hawkins caught six trout Saturday — one 20-inch, one 17-inch, three 16-inch and one 15-inch. He came back Sunday and landed one 16-inch rainbow. All seven of his trout opted for his worm presentations.
Arroyo Grande's Jared Lintner has only two more Bassmaster Elite opportunities this season to cash checks — Aug. 8-11 on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, NY, and Aug. 22-25 at Lake St.Clair, Detroit, Mich. On the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wis., last week, he ranked 87th in a field of 99 pro anglers on Day 1 with four fish weighing 9 pounds. He climbed to 65th place with 12-6 limit on day two finishing with a tournament weight of 21-6 pounds. Only once in six events has he earned $10,000. That was in April when he placed 46th at Bull Shoals Lake, Ark.
Heritage Ranch contact Dave Rymal says, “Fishing has been tough, however, Bunky Charles, Jack and Brad Foster and two friends Tuesday caught 25 spotted bass, eight white bass, three crappie and three catfish. But, they had to go all over the lake to do it.”
Ranger Bob Yetter said, “An angler trolling by the dam caught and released six trout. Shore anglers in Cottonwood Cove are catching trout on PowerBait.”
Marina staffer Jose Caballero noted these catches — a 5-pound bass by Chad Chitwood of Taft on a plastic worm and a 21⁄2-pound bluegill by Rudy Cassarez of San Fernando on a nightcrawler
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Don Lopez said, “Bass, bluegill, redear and a few crappie are being caught, but I have no names this week.”
Cut mackerel is working for catfish to 6 pounds at Jackrabbit Flats, Johnson Bay and Arrowhead Island. Live nightcrawlers are attracting bass. Jigs tipped with meal worms are the ticket for crappie. Trolling or drifting worms 30 to 50 feet down is tempting trout.