Ten halibut were brought in by private boaters embarking out of the Port San Luis Boatyard launch.
And for the second week in a row, a halibut took Whopper of the Week honors. A 27.1-pound halibut caught Saturday by James Palmese of Shell Beach took whopper honors.
Two hundred four lingcod, six salmon and three white seabass were caught by anglers in 119 launched boats.
The renewal of the Port San Luis Halibut Derby is July 25-26.
There hasn’t been a derby the past five years. From 1994 to 2009 the event was a Central Coast ocean highlight event.
The entry fee is $100 per person, which is good for both days. All occupants of a tournament boat must be entered in the derby.
For more details on the derby, drop by the Sports Launch, which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily or call 595-7214.
The biggest lingcod caught this season out of Virg’s, a 24.4-pound fish, enabled Andrew Lopez of Bakersfield to become the Week 14 qualifier for the end-of-the-year John Rowley Lingcod Tournament. A catch of that size just might go a long way to winning the Dec. 12 competition.
Week No. 2 qualifier, Morro Bay’s Tim Stover, had his 23.8-pound catch eclipsed.
There was another oddity regarding last week’s jackpots. Eric Hedger of Los Osos was a winner back-to-back days aboard the Fiesta with catches of an 11.8-pound ling July 6 and a 15.8 winner July 7.
Also winning jackpots were David Garcia of Fresno with a 17.5 ling and Alfonso Contreras of Grover Beach with a 13.2 ling.
Last week, Virg’s ran 12 trips carrying 347 passengers. Only the details of four trips were provided. The catch by 123 patrons included 125 lingcod, 484 red rockcod, 602 assorted rockfish and 86 coppers.
In a year where lingcod have dominated the saltwater scene along the Central Coast, cabezon and halibut shouldered their way into the awarding of jackpots.
Oceano’s LeRoy Hensley and Visalia’s Raul Espinoza tied for big-fish honors on Tuesday’s all-day trip with 9-pound cabezons. Santa Maria’s Buck Waterfield had the big fish twice Sunday, first with a 12-pound lingcod on the morning half day and then with a 9-pound halibut on the afternoon half day.
Amelia Martin from Pixley caught the week’s biggest fish, a 15-pound ling. Other anglers who captured jackpot honors included: Leia Miller, Santa Maria, 14-0 ling, Justin Pinrod, Santa Maria, 13-0 ling, Brian Olmstead, Santa Maria, 10-0 ling, and John Powell, Bakersfield, 6-0 ling.
Last week’s catch by 252 patrons included 132 lingcod, 498 red rockcod, 1,559 assorted rockfish, 90 bolina, 21 cabezon, three bocaccio, two halibut, two rubber lip perch, and two rock sole.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Morro Bay Landing
On a Sunday long-range trip to Cape San Martin, 30 anglers aboard the Endeavor came back with full lingcod limits — 90 fish. The week’s biggest fish, a 21-pound lingcod, was landed by Chris Stuber of North Fork.
Other jackpot winners were Jeff Elfstron, Cambria, 17-0 ling, Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, 16-0 ling, Mike Oddo, Shell Beach, 14-0 ling, Don Pollad, Bakersfield, 12.3 ling, Mark Smith, Bakersfield and Micah White, Atascadero, both 12 pound lings, Ron Keck, Cambria, 11.3 ling, Steve Schefield, Bakersfield, 10-0 ling, and Jeff Powell, Bakersfield, 9-0 ling.
The catch by 284 anglers last week included 380 lingcod, 912 red rockcod, 1,768 assorted rockfish, 35 coppers, six cabezon and one ocean white fish.
For reservations and trip schedules, go online to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.
Tri Valley Bass Tournament
Results of the July 11 competition on Lopez Lake were not available. The winning team was Chase Austin of Atascadero and his uncle, Brad Austin from San Miguel.
Carhartt National College Bass Championship
Cal Poly students John Zeolla and Clayton Lahchland were one of the 12 teams that did not catch a fish in two days of competition at Lake DuBay, Stevens Point, Wis., last week.
The championship was won by Josh Bensema and Matthew McArdle of Texas A&M with a two-day catch of 18 pounds, 4 ounces.
Four teams qualified for an entry into the 2016 Pro Bassmaster Classic.
Trevor Lo of the University of Minnesota earned the opportunity to fish among the pro in the 2016 Classic at Tulsa, Okla.
There’s still no good news. Three anglers turned out again last week as they did the week before. So far in the 12 weeks the reservoir has been open, 138 anglers have tried their luck and thus far there has been just one trout caught. That was May 9.
The reservoir is open for fishing Wednesdays though Sundays.
Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said “Fishing is spotty. I fished Tuesday and caught 10 bluegill and a 21⁄2-pound crappie using a Gitzit tipped with a meal worm. Dean Shupp and Lance Clairmont caught 10 crappie and some bass fishing in the evening.”
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina manager Ken Hemer’s report said: “Put away your frogs and punch gear, the lake has been blue stoned. The nice weed beds that were all over the lake have been dying suddenly. This usually shuts off bites for a week as copper sulfate is toxic to fish. Call 438-1522 for updates.”