For the first time since salmon season opened April 2, a boat dispatched from the Sports Launch at Port San Luis returned with full limits of salmon.
The owners of “Death Wish IV,” returned to port Sunday with four salmon, which was half of the port’s salmon total for the day.
Debi Wood and her husband, Jim Nielsen, of Grover Beach claimed the honor.
Salmon limits out of Morro Bay’s public launch have also been a rarity so far this season.
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“We launched at 6 a.m. but didn’t begin catching fish until the tide change at 8:45,” Wood said. “Our biggest fish (16 pounds) was the first one we brought aboard. We weighed a 12-pounder and had two others in the 8- to 9-pound class.”
Wood is in her third year as assistant office manager at Patriot Sportfishing for owner Steve Moore.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Whopper of the Week honors went to San Luis Obispo’s Pablo Chagolla, who caught a 17-pound, 1-ounce salmon Sunday.
The catch by anglers on 86 boats last week included 134 lingcod and one halibut.
Tri Valley Club
Brad Shepherd and Clark Endres estimated they caught between 80 and 100 fish Saturday in the Tri Valley Club tournament at Nacimiento Lake. Numerous white bass, which don’t count, were in their catch.
The Atascadero duo had a limit in the first five minutes of competition. But, it was Shepherd’s catch of a 2-pound spot five minutes prior to weigh-in that sealed the win by eight-hundredths of a pound. Their six fish weighed 12.69 pounds, topping a field of 27 teams.
For three years after buying a 1998 BassCat boat from a friend, Shepherd fished with numerous partners, focusing on learning how to catch bass before entering tournaments. He credits Brad Austin of San Miguel with being instrumental in his development.
“The topwater bite that gave us our early limit only lasted until 8 o’clock. We fished flukes from the surface down to 10 feet the rest of the day,” Shepherd said.
It’s the first year that Endres has partnered with Shepherd.
Atascadero’s Shawn Hoover and Matt Pigeon caught a 4.43-pound largemouth for big-fish honors and a second-place weight of 12.61 pounds. Tip Martin of San Luis Obispo and tournament director Steve Vidmar of Santa Maria had the second-big fish, 2.38 pounds.
Tri Valley Club Top 10, (All 6-fish team limits), Total Weight1. Brad Shepherd, Clark Endres, Atascadero, 12.69 pounds; 2. Shawn Hoover, Matt Pigeon, Atascadero, 12.61 pounds; 3.Jay & Matt Short, Templeton, 9.65 pounds; 4. Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 9.62 pounds; 5. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, 9.45 pounds; 6. Joey Podsednik, Nipomo, Heath Erickson, Arroyo Grande, 9.40 pounds; 7. Danny Knotts, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 9.07 pounds; 8. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 9.02 pounds; 9. Herm DeLore, Matt Messina, Atascadero, 8.57 pounds; 10. Jeff Smith, Justin Ludwig, Santa Maria, 8.41 pounds.1st Big Fish, 4.43 pounds, Hoover & Pigeon; 2nd Big Fish, 2.38 pounds. Martin & Vidmar.
The first overnight trip of the season ($205) will depart May 28. For reservations and more information, call 772-1222.
Last week, 128 anglers caught 14 lingcod, 272 red rockcod, 675 assorted rockfish, 95 coppers, one bocaccio and four cabezon.Jackpot winners included Zack Aberam, Paso Robles, 9-pound lingcod; Ed Sharp, Los Angeles, 9-pound red rockcod; Guy Groundmeir, Grover Beach, 8-pound lingcod; Alex Raj, Los Osos, and Darrel Smith, Fresno, both 7-pound lingcod; and Devin Berna, Lemoore, 6-pound lingcod.
Bakersfield’s Jeff Sanders had the big fish of the week, an 11-pound lingcod.
Twenty-nine lingcod were caught by the 222 anglers. Also included were 646 red rockcod, 657 assorted rockfish, 415 bolina, seven cabezon, two kelp greenlings, 215 Dungeness and seven rock crabs.
Other jackpot winners were Frank Sequoia, Santa Maria, 10-pound ling, John Thompson, Central Valley, 8-pound, 9-ounce ling; Aaron Quarles, Nipomo, and Terry Knight, Bakersfield, both 8-pound lings, Rick Sisson, Torrance, 6-9 vermillion, and Chase Rowley, Santa Maria, 6-3 ling.
Rockcod and crab combo trips will be offered through June.
For reservations and trip schedules, call 595-7200.
Central Coast Sportfishing
Thirty-four anglers aboard the Rita G last week caught two lingcod, 52 coppers, 182 assorted rockfish, 110 red rockcod, three cabezon and three kelp greenlings. Frank Wood of Visalia, 8-pound red rockcod, and Patrick Dodd of Bakersfield, 5-pound cabezon, won jackpots. The “big fish” Saturday was an 8-pound lingcod caught by Mark Riley, Morro Bay.
For reservations and more information, call 772-3474 or 704-2084.
Last week, Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner slipped three places to 15th place in the Angler of the Year standings. With 1,293 points, he’s in excellent position to qualify for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. The top 28 in the final standings earn Classic berths. Lintner placed 41st at South Carolina’s Lake Murray.
The Arroyo Grande pro has earned $55,000. Remaining are a June 9-12 test on the Arkansas River and June 16-19 event on Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala.
“White bass are boiling but few fishermen are on the lake,” Dave Rymal said. “Four friends caught 80 whites on Monday.”
Jim Garcia of Arroyo Grande and a friend of his trolled plugs for two smallmouth, three largemouth bass and three redear Friday.
Senkos and creature baits pitched into brush are catching the most bass. Shad could be net-dipped last week. Trout moved up and fish up to six pounds were caught. The dam was the most productive area. Shore fishermen connected with trout from E Point. The Cachuma Lake Nature Center presents Steve Mehren, founder of Saving Wildlife International, in a program from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Santa Margarita Lake
After a spell of rainy, cooler weather, Marina operator Don Lopez is hopeful of better weather and an influx of anglers.
Three trout were caught last week by 14 fishermen. On Sunday, Mason Landrum caught a rare 20-inch trout on a baited lure. Gary Collier caught two fish May 11, a 15-inch fish which he kept, and a 9-inch which he released. Both catches were on lures.