Arroyo Grande veterinarian Harley Boos, who fishes out of his boat named “Salty Doc,” caught the first albacore of the season by a Central Coast angler embarking out of Morro Bay. Harley and a partner caught five tuna in the vicinity of “The Donut,” which is approximately 50 to 60 nautical miles from port.
The catches were made last weekend on an overnight trip.
Ocean conditions currently are not conducive to any treks for tuna in the immediate future. But, there is a cadre of tuna chasers ready to spring into action once conditions warrant.
As reported in this column in 2009, Boos scored the first albacore of the season that year, too.
Kids At Sea
There was an unexpected catch during a Kids At Sea trip this week. The rod wasn’t designed for such a piscatorial connection and neither was the bait. No matter. The hookup with a 50-pound white seabass is something a young girl will long remember.
Part of a Morro Bay Parks and Recreation group aboard the Rita G, the young angler needed a considerable amount of help from deckhand Sergio Bermudez.
All aboard learned a law of the sea; namely, “You never know what you are going to catch when saltwater fishing.”
Oh, yes, the goal of the free Kids At Sea program is to give as many kids as possible an introduction to fishing, boat safety, waterfront history and the incredible experience of being on the ocean.
That was achieved in spades on this particular trip. To inquire about future Kids At Sea trips call: 772-3474 or 704-2084.
Live Bait Receivers
Saltwater anglers with an interest in the possibility of having live bait available in Morro Bay are encouraged to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Veterans Memorial Building, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay. Availability of live bait in the quest of rockcod and especially albacore is critical. The meeting will be in front of the Advisory Committee, Morro Bay Harbor Department.
Although the rockcod season is a few days over three months young, anglers aboard Patriot boats have harvested just over 1,000 lingcod. Last week was the best lingcod take of the season, 158. Three other weeks this year passengers caught more than 100 lings — 136, July 4-10; 121, June 13-19; and 118, July 18-24.
For reservations and/or trip schedules call 595-7200.
Last week’s big fish, a 35-pound white seabass, was muscled up by Yvonne Caldon of Tucson, Ariz.
Other jackpot winners were: Steven Self, Grover Beach, 18-0 ling; Louie McCombs, Taft, 16-0 ling; Paula Harrill, Grover Beach, 12-8 ling; Travis Morrison, Buttonwillow, Norm Abendschein, Morro Bay, both 12-0 lings; Mike Lee, Arroyo Grande, 11-0 ling; Mike Bauer, Parlier, 9-0 ling; Steve Evans, Oceano, Eddie Reynosa, Exeter, and Gary Kabonik, Tehachapi, all 8-0 lings; Mike Vines, Madera, 7-8 ling; Chris Smith, Bakersfield, 6-0 ling; and Justin Quinn, Canoga Park, 4-0 ling.
The 485 anglers caught a total of 4,112 fish. Included were 1,302 red rockcod, 617 bolina, 1,816 assorted rockfish, 158 lings, 19 cabezon, one kelp greenling, two rock sole and one white seabass.
Sundowner trips on Fridays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. are popular summer offerings. The fare is $49. The next overnight trip departs at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and returns between 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 14. The fare is $205. Call: 772-1222 for reservations, more information.
Fresno’s Scott Shepherd had last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 14-pound ling. Other jackpot winners were: Tanner Bowley, Las Vegas, 12-0 ling; John McCarthy, Paso Robles, 10-0 ling; Robert Lynch, Shafter, 9-0 ling; Michelle Offer, Chowchilla, 8-0 ling; Jesse Spencer, San Luis Obispo, 8-0 cabezon; Jesus Rodriguez, Fresno and Bonnie Stats, Bakersfield, both 7-0 lings; Lawrence Wells, Bakersfield and Connor Dukes, Fresno, both 6-0 red rockcod; and John Cox, Fresno, 5-0 red rockcod.
The catch by 429 passengers last week included 50 lingcod, 989 red rockcod, 2,474 assorted rockfish, 260 coppers, 35 bocaccio and one cabezon.
Port San Luis Boatyard
For the second week in a row, a white seabass was the Whopper of the Week. Bakersfield’s Marty Murphy had the lead for one day with a 241⁄2-pound white seabass caught on Saturday. But, Todd Tappan of Shell Beach brought in a 26 1⁄2-pound seabass on Sunday to win the free boat launch. Oceano’s Vincent Madrid weighed in another big fish on July 29, a 17-pound sheephead. Full rockcod limits were recorded four days. Anglers aboard 116 dispatched boats caught 118 lingcod, 12 halibut, a flounder and two white seabass.
Central Coast Sportfishing
Cambria’s Jim Webb took jackpot honors on Sunday with an 11-pound lingcod. It was the only fishing trip offered last week. Sixteen passengers caught 16 lingcod, 78 coppers, 48 red rockcod, 34 assorted rockfish and 32 sand dabs. For trip schedules and/or reservations call 772-3474 or 704-2084.
Marina spokesman Jonathan Garcia reports these recent bass catches: Adam Rugerio, Carson, reeled in an 8-pounder Wednesday, baited with a nightcrawler and fishing under the bridge. Lompoc’s Joseph Soung and Roy Temeterio, Santa Clarita, both fishing in Cottonwood Cove caught 6- and 4-pound bass, respectively, on nightcrawlers July 29. Harry Reyes, Bakersfield, landed a 6-pounder working in Mallard’s Cove with a crawler July 31.
Santa Margarita Lake
Fishing adjacent to the fish cleaning station over the weekend, Santa Margarita’s Austin Buckley landed bass weighing 8-12 and 5-14. He was using his self-made Ugly Bug Jigs. Dennis Yates of Chino bagged a 12-14 catfish employing a nightcrawler for bait and fishing near the marina store on Saturday. Marina manager Don Lopez says the best bass bite is early and late in the day, while catfish are being caught anytime on mackerel. Bluegill and redear are plentiful.
Heritage Ranch resident and angling reporter Dave Rymal says Zolie Mayer caught 10 big crappie on jigs cast into brush piles. Heritage Ranch brothers using chicken livers for bait caught and released a trio of catfish up to 10 pounds. Both catches came Tuesday.
Mackerel or packaged dough balls are producing the best catfish action in shallow coves and creek channels. Fishing for trout remains slow, but holdover rainbows up to 5 pounds are being taken by drifting nightcrawlers in 25 to 40 feet of water by the dam. Trollers paying out four to seven colors of lead core line with dodger-Needlefish combos are experiencing the best trout results. Bass are being found in 10 to 20 feet of water where Texas-rigged plastics, blades and drop-shotting are working for both largemouth and smallmouth. Red worms and mealworms are the baits of choice for bluegill. Mini jigs tipped with nibbles are working best for crappie in The Narrows.
The hot fishing of the previous week, when 20 trout were caught, cooled this past week. Fifteen fishermen caught four trout during the week ending on Sunday. Steve Vaughn caught a 14-inch trout on July 27 and a 16-incher July 28 both on PowerBait. Gary Collier reeled in a 15-inch fish on July 29 to up his harvest for the year to 15 trout. Joe Reynolds, who caught two limits a week ago, reeled in a 15-incher on worms Saturday.