A species of saltwater fish not usually among those registered by Central Coast outlets began showing up last week.
They are Pacific Bonito by name.
From Sept. 4-6, personnel at the Port San Luis Boatyard counted 127 of the greenish blue fish with a jaw that extends to the rear of the eye.
On Monday, 203 Pacific Bonito were counted.
Furthermore, the Whopper of the Week was a 12-pound bonito caught Sunday by Caden Nagy of Grover Beach.
The Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes of North America states that 12 pounds is usually as big as the species gets.
Central Coast saltwater anglers are going to play a big part in deciding the outcome of Virg’s John Rowley Lingcod championship Dec. 12.
Atascadero’s Garrett Morton became the latest qualifier, and the seventh local resident, among the 22 positions determined to date.
Morton weighed in an 18.8-pound lingcod while fishing aboard the Princess on Aug. 22.
Thus far, two anglers from Atascadero and Los Osos are in, along with representatives from Morro Bay, Cambria and Pismo Beach.
Other jackpot winners all with lings through Sept. 6 included Doug Hurlburt, Layton, 9 pounds, Ken Lin, Kansas City, Mo, 18.8 pounds, Eric Hedger, Los Osos, 12 pounds, Andrew Bartlik, Morro Bay, 20 pounds, Justin Prouchy, Simi Valley, 18.9 pounds, and Hank Jang, Fresno, 15.5 pounds.
Morro Bay Landing
No trips were made from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Jackpot winners between Sept. 3-6 caught lings. Winners and weights were: Gary Lynch, Bakersfield, 24 pounds, Anthony Gray, Los Manus, and Jennifer Cruz, Lompoc, both 15 pounds, Cody Richardson, San Miguel, 14 pounds, Ray Chavez, Los Osos, 13 pounds, Erasmo Lopez, Bakersfield, 10 pounds, and Ryan Wagner, Clovis, 8 pounds.
Jackpot winners between Sept. 3-6 caught lingcod.
Lingcod dominated the catch by jackpot winners last week, as usual.
David Gears of Visalia was the leader with a 19-pounder.
Other winners with weights were: George Torres, Lompoc, 16 pounds, Frank Merino, Santa Maria, 15 pounds, Chris Nunes, Selma ad Frank Garcia, Tulare, both 12 pounds, Jason Limon, Guadalupe, 11 pounds, Barbara Jones, Bakersfield, 10 pounds and Andrew Albertson, Agoura Hills, 8 pounds.
Santa Margarita Lake
“Both from shore and boats, fishermen caught crappie last week,” marina manager Ken Hemer reported. “White jigs with a crappie nibble was the way to go for most anglers around docks and at Mackey Point.
“Bass were a day-to-day thing with some action on jigs and small swim baits. One bass to 11 pounds was reported but most fish were in the 2- to 3-pound range.”
Marina manager Cody Uhrig reports: “The bass bite is excellent currently. Big schools of shad have been pushed toward the marina making the bass go crazy for any kind of shad baits. Cachuma Point and Jackrabbit Flats continue to be the best locations. Catfish have been biting consistently all over the lake on cut mackerel and nightcrawlers.”