Two receivers are loaded with 4-inch anchovy were placed in Avila Bay this week to help an antsy group of saltwater anglers catch albacore.Captain Steve Moore is using the Rose Mar as Patriot Sportfishing’s bait boat.
Moore has fished commercially the past three years off the Oregon Coast — summers for albacore and winters out of Half Moon Bay for dungeness crab.
The first load of bait was put in the receivers Monday. The receivers are positioned in Avila Bay adjacent to Patriot’s Harford Pier location. They measure 7 feet by 7 feet with a depth of 10 feet.
The receivers have aluminum frames. The 5⁄8-inch mesh netting in the receivers was personally sewn by Moore and his wife, Cathe.Ken Bates, a marine construction specialist at Eureka, built the sturdy receivers. Moore has two more on order.
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A full scoop of bait is $25 while a half scoop is $15. Anglers can call Patriot Sportfishing at 595-7200 and press 3 for bait updates or go www.patriotsportfishing.com for live bait information. Fishermen on the water can call VHF channel 79 for information.
Solvang’s Scott Lamberton and John Flynn eked out an American Bass Central Coast bass tournament win by one-hundreth of a pound Saturday at Cachuma Lake.
“Then on Sunday we simply ran out of fish,” Lamberton said. “A flippin bite that had worked for us for two months including Saturday just dried up.”
Flippin Skinny Bear jigs onto grass mats with Esox rods produced a 10.42-pound limit, a win, third-big fish honors and $850 winnings. On Sunday, they blanked finishing 11th overall.
Bakersfield’s Randy McAbee Jr., and son Mason won handily Sunday by cranking under boiling shad for a 13.27-pound limit worth $1,176.
Boris Antolos of Torrance, a fourth-place finisher at the recent U.S. Open at Lake Mead, partnered with wife, Cathy, placing second (10.16 pounds) with big-fish honors (4.63) and $610 in winnings.
Tournament Director Tony Capparelli and Mark Pollorena of Los Alamos are Anglers of the Year in the six-event series. Darin Ferguson donated $1,000, sweetening the pot. Additional sponsors are falling in line for the 2012 season.
ABA Central Coast Top 5, Aug. 6, Number Fish, Weight Winnings
1.Scott Lamberton, John Flynn, Solvang, 5, 10.42 lb., $810; 2. Mike & Travis Dashek, Santa Maria, 5, 10.41 lb., $503; 3. Ken Whalen, Chris Purgason, Lompoc, 5, 9.49 lb., $236; 4. Stan Skou, Los Alamos, Tom Guidry, Vandenberg Village, 5, 8.98 lb., $40; 5. Marc JeuDeVine, Keith Rini, Newbury Park, 4, 8.98 lb.1st Big Fish, 3.53 lb., Darin Ferguson, Buellton, Dustin Mojonnier, Vandenberg Village, $100; 2nd Big Fish, 3.02 lb., Dashek & Dashek, $60; 3rd Big Fish, 2.96 lb., Lamberton & Flynn, $40. ABA Central Coast Top 5, Aug. 7, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Randy & Mason McAbee, Bakersfield, 5, 13.27 lb., $1,176; 2. Boris & Cathy Antolos, Torrance, 5, 10.16 lb., $610; 3. Marc JeuDeVine, Keith Rini, Newbury Park, 5, 9.88 lb., $925; 4. Ken Whalen, Chris Purgason, Lompoc, 5, 8.91 lb., 5. Mike & Travis Dashek, Santa Maria, 4, 6.35 lb.1st Big Fish, 4.63 lb., Antolos & Antolos, $110; 2nd Big Fish, 3.51 lb., McAbee & McAbee, $66; 3rd Big Fish, 2.81 lb., JeuDeVine & Rini, $74.
An overnight trip is scheduled for this weekend, departing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and returning between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $205 with fishing in the San Simeon and Lopez areas.
Five trip jackpots were won by anglers catching lingcod. Kanton Hansen of Bakersfield led the group with a 13-pounder. Other winners: P. Pasadina, Bakersfield, 12-0, Kevin Woods, Santa Clarita, 9-0, and Kathlyn Wilson, Bakersfield, and Greg Vedel, Visalia, both 8-0.
Call 772-1222 for trip schedules and reservations.
Last week’s catch by 382 passengers included, 61 lingcod, 1,139 red rockcod, 2,311 assorted rockfish, 110 coppers, 140 bolina and one cabezon.
Port San Luis Boatyard
White seabass have taken Whopper of the Week honors three straight weeks.
A 471⁄2-pounder caught by Chris Smith of Paso Robles on Aug. 6 is the biggest of all. The white seabass harvest totaled 134 last week — 52 Wednesday, 35 Saturday and 29 Thursday. Anglers aboard 130 boats caught 51 lingcods, 14 halibut and one salmon. Full limits were logged two days and three-quarter to full four times.
Sal Rocha piloted the Pacific Horizon to waters off the Coke Plant on Aug. 3 with nine anglers on board, including Patriot personnel Steve Moore, Dustin Selck Curt Miller and Nate Moore. In five hours of fishing, the group caught 24 white seabass to 44 pounds and a 20-plus pound average.
Last week, 380 passengers caught 3,665 fish, including 164 lingcod. All 15 jackpot fish were lings. Templeton’s Ron Garvis had the biggest ling of all, 13 pounds. Other jackpot winners and weights were: Anthony Gunter, Lamont, 12-6; Rodney Sousa, Bakersfield, 12-2; Ty Barringer, Exeter, Albert Moya, San Ramon, Vickie Powell, Santa Margarita, Danny Coffey, Atascadero, all 12-0; Tyler Branson, Chris Hill, Santa Barbara, James Jeong, Santa Maria, all 9-0; Brian McClintock, Yucca Valley, 8-2; Dolly Silveira, Fresno, 8-0; Andrew Figuerot, Nipomo, Ron Brewster, Bakersfield, both 7-0; and Brianna Ramirez, Azusa, 5-0.
Call 595-7200 for trip schedules, reservations or check online at www.patriotsportfishing.com.
Last week’s catch included 789 red rockcod, 795 bolina, 1,875 assorted rockfish, eight cabezon, seven kelp greenling, and one each bocaccio, ocean whitefish and sheephead.
Central Coast Sportfishing
Evan Gonzales of Thousand Oaks won the Aug. 4 jackpot aboard the Rita G with a 5-pound brown rockfish. That day, 30 anglers caught 75 red rockcod, 60 browns and 100 assorted rockfish.When needed, the Rita G also runs out of Patriot Sportfishing, a as it did Aug. 6 when James Jeong of Santa Maria was a winner with a 9-pound lingcod
For schedules and reservations call 772-3474 or 704-2084.
Santa Margarita Lake
Wednesday will no doubt be etched in the memory bank of 8-year old Jadon Pobst of Grover Beach. Fishing in Kids’ Cove with mackerel, he caught a 13-pound, 14-ounce catfish with a little help from his uncle. When he checked in at the marina, his grin was ear to ear, manager Don Lopez said. Topwater and frogs are attracting bass while bluegill and redear are chewing on red worms.
Marina staffer Ivan Mendoza says spinnerbaits and worms are working for white bass and smallmouth in Las Tablas Cove. At night, catfish are being caught in Dip Creek with anchovies. White bass and crappie are being harvested at Sandy Point.
Marina manager Aaron Boyd said Iris and Herb Carter of Bakersfield landed four smallmouth — all about 3 pounds — plus 6 and 31⁄2-pound largemouths and five redear on crawlers and mini jigs. On Aug. 5, Tim Larson landed a 31⁄2-pound largemouth at Marina Point.
Lake San Antonio
Stripers are active early in boils at Half Moon Bay and Harris Creek, Ryan Roth said. On Saturday, anglers working the shoreline from the marina to the beach were catching catfish on nightcrawlers.
Marina manager Ken Hemer says: “Catfish are best bet in backs of any cove using mackerel, crawlers or packaged dough balls. Bass bite is improved. Cranks, blades, split shot and drop shot are productive in 15 to 20 feet of water.” Try mini jigs in The Narrows for crappie. Trout fishing is slow.
Gary Collier, caught 12- and 16-inch trout Aug. 5 on PowerBait. Thus far he’s caught 15. Using worms, John Darren caught a 15-incher Aug. 3, while Pat Morris landed a 17-inch rainbow trout Aug. 6.