Logging his sixth top-10 Bassmaster Elite finish of his pro career last week, Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner moved up 15 places in the 2011 standings.
He placed fourth at Georgia’s West Point Lake and owns a No 12 ranking in the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year standings. He has amassed 1,100 points — 272 behind the current leader, Alton Jones, of Texas.
This year, for the first time, the winner of each of the eight Elite tournaments automatically earns a 2012 Bassmaster Classic berth. The five qualifiers so far are: Shaw Grigsby, of Florida; Edwin Evers, of Oklahoma; Davy Hite, of South Carolina; Dean Rojas, of Arizona; and Steve Kennedy, of Alabama. Currently, the last angler in the Classic field has 954 points, trailing Lintner by only 146 points.
In competition No. 5 in Georgia, Jared opened with a 14 pound, 4 ounce limit that put him in 22nd place. He moved up to 10th with a 16-7 day two bag for a 30-11 total. His ascension continued on day three, when his 13-9 limit elevated him into 7th place with a total of 40-4. That punched his ticket to Sunday’s finals for the first time this season.
He finished in fourth place with a 16-1 bag. His 60-5 total weight paid $15,000 and earned him 285 points.
It was his second highest Elite placing. He logged a 3rd place in the 2009 opener at Lake Amistad in Texas. It had been 10 events since the 37-year-old last placed among the upper echelon — a 10th-place finish a year ago at Clear Lake.
Lintner has qualified for two Classics, placing 19th in 2007 and 20th in 2008.
The sixth-year pro has three tournaments remaining in his quest for a prestigious slot in the 2012 Classic. To secure a place in bass fishing’s Super Bowl, he needs to be among the top 28 pros in the final points.
Jared and 98 other Elite pros began competing today at Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. The event lasts through Sunday.On two previous visits to this venue he placed 75th in 2008 and 44th in 2009.
WON Bass tourney at Santa Margarita Lake
Drop shotting Senkos was the ticket to victory for Atascadero’s Graham Grove and partner Mark Scribner in the WON Bass tourney May 7 at Santa Margarita Lake.
“We didn’t get our first fish until 9:30, then we landed three in 90 minutes by hugging a shoreline. Mark missed a good fish on topwater early,” Grove said.
His partner claims, “I just supply the boat and go because I like to eat outside.”
Grove, 19, has been competing since he was 14 in Ambusher events.
Mark Hinson, of San Luis Obispo, placed 11th and copped big fish honors with a 6.29-pound largemouth.
WON Bass Top 10No. Fish, Wt., Winnings — 1. Graham Grove, Atascadero, Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, 5, 20-00 pounds, $1,050; 2. Danny Knotts, Santa Maria, Tim Sharpe, Grover Beach, 5, 19.15 pounds, $850; 3. Gene Gray, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 5, 17.98 pounds, $680; 4. Tai Martin, Pismo Beach, Paul Douglas, Santa Barbara, 5, 17.86 pounds, $400; 5. Carlos & Jacob Vasquez, Soledad, 5, 16.55 pounds, $280; 6. Nick Salvucci, San Miguel, Dusty Kahler, Atascadero, 5, 15.23 pounds, $160; 7. Kirk Rossi, Will Hesch, Atascadero, 4, 14.52 pounds, $120; 8. Tom Nieto, Sam James, Salinas, 4, 14.43 pounds, $60l 9. Shawn Lee, Arroyo Grande, Ken Sauret, Paso Robles, 5, 14.35 pounds; 10. Dan Barrios, Justin Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 5, 13.01 pounds.First Big Fish: 6.29 pounds, Mark Hinson, San Luis Obispo, $420; Second Big Fish:, 5.68 pounds, Grove & Scribner, $280.
Things were markedly different for Cal Poly’s entry in the FLW National Guard bass tournament May 7 at the California Delta.
A year ago, the Mustangs’ Scott Hellesen and Damian Bean won the event. Fishing with a new partner, sophomore Russ Gruener, Hellesen finished 14th with a 10-pound limit. Bean, a senior, had a mandatory field trip Saturday.
Bean and Hellesen had already qualified for this fall’s Western Regional tournament by placing third at Arizona’s Roosevelt Lake in February.
Cal Poly’s second entry at the Delta, Michael Evans and John Zeolla, were blanked to tie for 39th place. Fresno State’s Christopher Delgado and Kong Moua won with a 20-14 limit.
FLW Everstart Tourney
No area pros were entered in the three-day bass tournament on the California Delta. Whitney Uyeda of Buellton, the lone co-angler from this area, placed 37th and earned $460 with a two-day weight of 16-7 for eight fish.
The fourth and final Western Region event is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 at Clear Lake.
Private boaters are finding it difficult to land legal-sized salmon. Virg’s, Patriot and Central Coast Sportfishing are not pursuing salmon and just one catch was reported from the Port San Luis Boatyard.
Saltwater anglers are connecting with lingcod and assorted rockcod species.
From the May 1 opener through May 7, Virg’s boats carried 212 passengers. Jackpot winners who caught 10-pound lingcod included: John Van Dam, of Tipton; Micah Covert, of Atascadero; and Beryl Foster, of Laughlin, Nev. Other jackpot winners were: Eulises Ramos, of Fresno, 7-pound ling; Keith Hopkins, of Fresno, 7-pound red rockcod; and Larry Morgan, of Fresno, 6-pound ling.
The catch included: 16 lingcod; 531 red rockcod, 1,161 assorted rockfish, 133 coppers, 12 bolina and two cabezon.For reservations and schedules call: 772-1222.
Lingcod catches accounted for seven of the eight jackpots last week. Winners included: Robert Montaya, of Bakersfield, 13-8 ling; Chase Shrode, of Nipomo, and Tom Pae, of Newport Beach, both 12-pound lings; Keith McDonald, of Santa Maria, 11-pound ling; Guy Hawes, of Atascadero, 7-pound cabezon; Ismael; Vierra, of Santa Maria, 6-8 ling; Jerry Eskew, of Delano, 6-3 ling; and Eddie Tamsi, of Delano, 6-0 ling.
The catch by 448 anglers; 55 lingcod, 692 red rockcod, 296 assorted rockfish, 153 bolina and eight cabezon.For schedules and reservations call: 595-7200.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Ninety-one boats left from the sports launch last week. The catch included: 117 lingcod, five halibut and one salmon. Beau Silva, of Lemoore, was the Whopper of the Week winner with a 10-10 lingcod.
Dennis Goodwin, of Bakersfield, was last Saturday’s jackpot winner with a 7-pound lingcod. Eighteen passengers caught 150 fish, mostly assorted rockfish. Long range trips are scheduled Friday and Sunday and a three-quarter day trip is scheduled Saturday. For reservations and more information, call: 772-3474 or 704-2084.
Nick Gonzales, 11, of Nipomo, caught 1 1/1 and 1-pound crappie at Vista Lago on nightcrawlers May 7.
Dave Rymal reports fishing is spotty. Finding boils is key to catching white bass. Spots are being caught off points by drop shotting. Bluegill are numerous around docks.
Santa Margarita Lake
Bass are the most active species. Numerous limits were caught in the WON Bass tournament May 7.
Creature baits, blades and crankbaits worked shallow in coves are working for bass. Some trout limits reported by trollers using leadcore line at three to four colors.
Terry Lamb used a lure to bag a 13-inch trout on May 5. The turnout: 17 anglers. The venue is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.