A pair of 24-year-olds breezed to victory in the eighth and final regular season Tri Valley Club tournament at Lopez Lake on Saturday.
It was Chase Austin’s second tournament win in succession, but, his partner this time was a first timer, Jeramie Dyer.
Their six-fish limit actual weight was 26.31 pounds. It provided a 9.07-pound margin of victory. Austin entered the competition with 17 other teams with his “good luck” sandwich prepared by girlfriend Ashley Cardinale. “She prepares it for me before every tournament. And it works,” Austin said.
“We used spinnerbaits called Heavy Ledge baits,” he added. “We were fishing at a depth of 20 feet and caught about 15 bass including the second heaviest fish (5.51 pounds).”
Dyer has had prior success paired with fellow Templeton resident Austin.
“Several months ago Chase and I won a Relay for Life benefit tournament,” Dyer said.
San Luis Obispo residents Joey Reggio and Brian Nawrocki long ago clinched the Angler of the Year title. They placed third Saturday with a 16.12 actual weight. The duo had two wins, three second-place finishes and a third en route to a 422-point total. The runners up with 383 points were Robert Gardner and Dale Litwiler.
The veteran duo of Pat Schmidt and Terry Wolf placed second with 17.24-pound limit Saturday that translated into 18.24 pounds with bonuses.
Tri Valley Club, Number of Fish, Weight
1.Chase Austin, Jeramie Dyer, Templeton, 6, 27.51 pounds; 2. Pat Schmidt, Templeton, Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 5, 18.24 pounds; 3. Joey Reggio, Brian Nawrocke, San Luis Obispo, 6, 17.32 pounds, 4. Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Aaron Quarles, Nipomo, 6, 17,01 pounds; 5. Brad Shepherd, Clark Endres, Atascadero, 6, 14.55 pounds; 6. Russ Minneau, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach, 6, 14.47 pounds; 7. Steve Morris, Mead Hedricks, Lompoc, 6, 13.90 pounds; 8. Mike & Greg Higgins, Santa Margarita, 6, 12.92 pounds; 9. Jeff Hodges, Arroyo Grande, Bud Aquino, Grover Beach, 5, 12.87 pounds; 10. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 6, 11.62 pounds.
(Weights include .20 pounds per live fish weighed.)
1st Big Fish, 6,13 pounds, Schmidt & Wolf; 2nd Big Fish, 5.51 pounds, Austin & Dyer.
Lopez Lake launch ramp
On Wednesday, supervising park ranger Bob Yetter said? “I’m not anticipating any boat launching problem at the lake.
“The lowest the lake has ever been was at 33 percent of capacity in December 1992. Then there was no boat launching problem as the rains came, resolving any concerns.
“Currently we are at 34 percent of capacity. Presently we have 10 to 12 feet of depth at the marina. This should be adequate to launch boats for the next couple of months until we get the anticipated frequent El Nino rains.”
Port San Luis Boatyard
Lingcod were the main catch last week by anglers aboard private boats launched. Arroyo Grande’s Matt Barkhuff had the biggest of the 193 lings checked in, a 17- pounder Sunday.
Barkhuff’s catch qualified as the Whopper of the Week. The lingcod take was the most for any week in 2015.
The previous best lingcod week was the July 13-19 harvest of 177 fish. Twelve white seabass and seven halibut were counted. Full rockcod limits were logged five days and three-quarter limits twice.
More than half the field is set for the Dec. 12 John Rowley Lingcod Tournament with Dustin Riley of Clovis claiming the 19th slot by catching an 18.3-pound lingcod aboard the Princess on Aug. 6. The angler reeling in the biggest ling of the week qualifies for the year-ender.
Other jackpot winners last week included: Martin Gamboa, Visalia, 15-8 ling, Kevin Lampley, Madera, 15-5 ling, Jason Slaughter, Bakersfield, 12-5 ling, Kevin Reeder, Paso Robles, 12-3 ling; and Ed Moreno, Pismo Beach, 9-2 ling.
Thirteen trips were offered last week with 351 passengers on board. Anglers aboard three different boats bagged 3,620 fish. The catch included 219 lings.
An additional two-day trip has been scheduled Nov.6-8. Passengers fish the Cape San Martin area. These are limited load trips. Some spots are available.
For reservations and trip schedules go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
One hundred seventy-three lingcod were in last week’s catch by 225 passengers. Taking jackpot honors with the fattest ling was Scott Herman of Tulare with a 14-pounder.
Other jackpot winners were: Ben Langworthy, Santa Maria, John Gains, Garden Grove, John Allen, Tulare, all 13-0 lings, Helena Bryant, Nevada City, Robert Kamper, Kingsburg, and Ruben Ruiz, Fresno, all 13-pound lings, Raleigh Guice, Orcutt, 9-0 ling and Russ Hoffman, Hanford, 8-0 ling.
Caught by 225 passengers were the aforementioned lings, 359 red rockcod, 214 bolina, 2,601 assorted rockfish, 65 coppers, even boccacio, four cabezon and one sheephead.
For reservations, trip schedules go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Morro Bay Landing
A 23-pound thresher shark, a different species to be sure, captured jackpot honors out of the landing last week. Delrey Diaz from Lemore caught the shark. All other jackpot fish were the more traditional lingcod.
Winners and weights were: Micah White, Paso Robles, 20 pounds, Donald Kellogg, Fresno, 19 pounds, Kevin Rhea, Visalia 18 pounds, Kevin Hill, Lompoc, 17 pounds, Joey McFadden, Bakersfield, 12 pounds, Tammy Martin, Coalinga, and Dan Oelgart,Tujunga, both 11-0 pounds, Mike Demsky, Laramie, Wyo, and Ralph Boone, Paso Robles, both 10 pounds and Mark Masicampo, San Luis Obispo, 9 pounds.
The catch by 375 anglers was: 284 lingcod, 502 red rockcod, 2,918 assorted rockfish, 156 coppers, 51 bolina, 27 boccacio, two cabezon, and one sheephead.
For trip schedules and reservation go to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.
The current fishing season is shaping up as perhaps the worst in the reservoir’s. Five anglers showed up last week and caught the usual number of fish: None. Only three fish have been caught in the 83 days the reservoir has been open for fishing. The total turnout for the 17 weeks Whale Rock has been open is 158 anglers. The facility is open Wednesdays through Sundays.