On Saturday, a trio of fathers and sons firmly placed their brand on the inaugural 2011 Tri Valley Bass Club tournament.
But, before I elaborate on the Lopez Lake competition, I must digress. My purpose is to call attention to a fundraiser which can supplement your Super Bowl plans.
Consider purchasing albacore enchiladas from the nonprofit Central Coast Women for Fisheries.
Your choices are green sauce, corn tortillas or red sauce, flour tortillas. Pre-sale tickets are $10 for a tray of four. The albacore were West Coast troll caught.
To order, call Sharon at 466-2369 or Jackie at 772-8281. Pick-up time is between l and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Morro Bay Community Center.
The CCWF is dedicated to fostering and promoting a sense of the living culture of our fishing communities by providing education, training, research and support for fishermen and their families; preservation of our Marine Heritage; conservation of ocean ecosystems; charitable and social services for families in fishing and related industries; and promotion of local and under utilized species.
The nonprofit’s website is www.womenforfish.org.
And now back to an event where dads and lads ruled. The teams that finished first, second and third were duos comprised of proud fathers and their offspring. It was difficult to determine who was more excited between Ron and Derek Morrison of Lompoc.Young Derek played a vital role in carving out the Tri Valley championship, which enabled him to celebrate his birthday early. He turns 11 on Feb. 9.
“Essentially, we waited for the fish to come to us,” Ron Morrison said. “We stayed on the back side of the bridge where I caught our first four fish in the first hour. We had 21 pounds by 12:30 with Derek contributing a 4- and a 5-pounder on Senkos.”
What proved to be the tournament’s big fish was harvested on a drop shot by Ron.
“This 7-pounder came looking for dinner but ate my drop shot instead,” Ron Morrison said.
The official weight of the big fish was 6.47 pounds. The team’s last two catches facilitated the culling of 2 ½ and 3 ½ -pound bass.
The Morrisons’ winning weight of 27.85 pounds provided a 6.39-pound margin of victory.
“This is only our second year fishing Tri Valley as a team,” Ron Morris said. “Derek paid his own membership and half our entry fee. By doing so, he got the idea what tournament fishing is all about. Of course, I paid him half our winnings.”
Because of changes in reporting rules, Tri Valley tournament director Steve Vidmar will not be listing winnings this season.
This weekend Ron plans to enter the WON Bass tournament at Lopez partnering with Mark Pollorena of Buellton.
Arroyo Grande Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner and his 9-year-old son, J.C., nipped another father and son tandem by one one-hundredths of a pound.
“Catching fish in a tournament may be old hat for adults, but the kids get really excited on every bite,” Jared Litner said. “J.C. is still learning, but he can fish in a variety of ways. He drop shotted for 10 of our 40 fish, which were taken from water 8 to 20 feet deep. I need to teach him patience. Spending time with him and fishing with him is a lot of fun.”
The Lintners’ 6-fish limit weighed 21.46 pounds.
Bakersfield’s Craig Rose brought up his son Jeff teaching him to fish for trout. In 1999, their first year of bass fishing, they were Anglers of the Year in the Golden Empire Bass Club. Since Jeff moved to Oceano, his dad frequently journeys to the coast to fish with his son in bass tournaments.
The Roses relied on spinnerbaits in posting a 21.45-pound limit. Jeff Rose will fish Tri Valley events alone for a while as his dad is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery Feb. 21.
“It’s always a special time when I get to fish with my dad,” Jeff Rose said.
Only 11 of the 39 teams entered had six-fish limits. Five teams blanked. All 137 fish caught (119 largemouth and 18 smallmouth) were released alive. The total weight is 341.67 pounds.
Dana and his son, Clayton Chatterly of Lompoc placed 16th while San Luis Obispo’s Ted McAllister and his son, Dustin, finished 24th. Tri Valley Top 10, No. Fish, Weight
1. Ron & Derek Morrison, Lompoc, 6, 27.85 pounds; 2. Jared & J.C. Lintner, Arroyo Grande, 6, 21.46 pounds; 3. Jeff Rose, Oceano, Craig Rose, Bakersfield, 6, 21.45 pounds; 4. Herm DeLore, Matt Messina, Atascadero, 6, 19.07 pounds; 5. Jeff Hodges, Bud Aquino, Arroyo Grande, 6, 17.57 pounds; 6. Graham Grove, Atascadero, Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, 6, 16.14 pounds; 7. Travis Stahl, Joey Podsednik, Nipomo, 5, 15.54 pounds; 8. Brad Shepherd, Clark Endres, Atascadero, 6, 15.42 pounds; 9. Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, Pat Schmidt, Templeton, 6, 15.06 pounds; 10. Brad Lum, Joey Reggio, 6, 14.50 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 6.47 pounds, Morrison & Morrison; 2nd Big Fish, 5.19 pounds, Stahl & Podsednik. Virg’s Landing
A whale watching trip from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is scheduled for Saturday. Reservations are appreciated. Call 772-1222. Adult tickets are $39. Cost for those 15 and under is $29.
Whale watching trips are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 595-7200 for reservations. Cost is $35 for adults, $15 for those ages 4-12 and $10 for children 3 and under. Lopez Lake
Bass fishermen are doing well and panfish are being caught, marina sources report. Santa Margarita Lake
The lake is full and spilling. A few bass and catfish are being caught, marina operator Don Lopez said.