The Santa Maria duo of Danny Knotts and Skeeter Moore became the first team to post two tournament victories in Tri Valley contests this season. Some hefty bag limits were brought to the scales last Saturday during the sixth event on the 2007 schedule.
A somber note hung over the tournament as Phil Infante suffered a heart attack prior to the start of the competition at Lake San Antonio. His brother-in-law, Steve Vidmar, the tournament director from Santa Maria, drove his brother-in-law and tournament partner to Sierra Vista Hospital.
Infante was discharged from the hospital Tuesday and returned with his wife to their home in Long Beach on Wednesday.
Knotts, who took over directing the tournament in the absence of Vidmar, also won the event. The team has had five top-10 finishes and have won two of the past three tournaments. In the process, Knotts and Moore improved their lead in the points standings by three points. They now lead Felix Camacho of Nipomo and his cousin Ken Camacho of Santa Maria 305-300.
The winners earned $555 with a six-fish limit weighing 20.68 pounds. They earned another $65 by weighing in the second-heaviest fish of the tournament at 4.51 pounds.
Templeton's Jay Short and his teenage son, Matt, registered their best placing of the season, finishing second with a six-fish team limit weighing18.97 pounds. Their reward was $220.
Big fish honors went to the 11th place team, Santa Maria¹s Bill Lukeman and Mike Truhitte. Their big fish weighed 4.72 pounds and was worth $155. Three other teams had their best placings of the season: John Phillips, Santa Margarita, and Brad Austin, San Miguel, third; Tip Martin and Ted McAllister, San Luis Obispo, fifth; and Atascadero's Steve Doshier and Herm Delore, seventh.
Tri Valley top 10 (all had six-fish limits), weight, winnings: 1. Danny Knotts, Skeeter Moore, 20.68 pounds, $555; 2. Jay and Matt Short, Templeton, 18.97 pounds, $220; 3. John Phillips, Santa Margarita, Brad Austin, San Miguel, 18.63 pounds, $170; 4. Felix Camacho, Nipomo, Ken Camacho, Santa Maria, 18.50 pounds, $90; 5. Tip Martin, Ted McAllister, San Luis Obispo, 18.03 pounds, $75; 6. Jeff Hodges, Arroyo Grande, Rich Zeilenga, Oceano 16.94 pounds; 7. Steve Doshier, Herm Delore, Atascadero, 15.47 pounds; 8. Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, Pat Schmidt, Templeton, 15.32 pounds; 9. Jeff Rose, Arroyo Grande, Craig Rose, Bakersfield, 14.76 pounds; 10. Howard Hess, Rocky Carter, Nipomo, 14.74 pounds.