Magical days on the water are nothing new for Jason and Tara Borofka. After all, it was while fishing at Nacimiento Lake that Jason proposed to Tara. They’ve been married now for 5 1⁄2 years.
Saturday was another one of those special days for this devoted angling couple. This time it was WON Bass Central Coast tournament No. 4 at Lake San Antonio. The Prunedale couple had fished in only one of tournament director Joe Gardiner’s 2011 tournaments and none this year.
However, the Borofkas were still on Gardiner’s e-mail list. Happenstance kicked in once they received an emailed tournament reminder April 16. By coincidence, both Jason and Tara had the weekend off. And Jason was eager to try out his newly-arrived Power Pole shallow-water anchors.
He completed the installation following the step-by-step guidance of Elite pro Jared Lintner in a Tackle Warehouse video. During Jason’s Friday practice at the lake, he locked in 35 bedding sites on his GPS.
“The Power Poles played a significant role in our winning the tournament,” Jason Borofka said. “They enabled us to turn off the trolling motor and position the boat at just the right angle so we could see fish on beds while not having to deal with the glare.”
All day they were able to quietly cast for nesting bass. Tara contributed four of the more than a dozen keepers the Borofkas caught. All were bed fish.
Jason credited Tara with playing a key role in catching one of the five fish they brought to the scales. It was a tricky catch.
“Tara was standing beside me on the bow while I antagonized a bed fish with a big bait,” he said. “Once I got it mad enough, she handed me a stick armed with a bait that resembles a bluegill. The angry fish ate the smaller offering. It had taken a while, but it was worth it.”The couple brought a 16.63-pound limit to the scales worth $1,200 in winnings.
Their margin of victory over Dan Barrios and Justin Goodman of San Luis Obispo was 2.25 pounds. Jason caught the tournament’s big fish (5.81 pounds) in the first three minutes of the tourney using an Osprey lure.
WON Bass Top 10 (all 5-fish limits), Total Weight, Winnings
1. Jason & Tara Borofka, Prunedale, 16.63 pounds, $1,200; 2. Dan Barrios, Justin Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 14.38 pounds, $685; 3. Randy McAbee, Bakersfield, Clark Small, Solvang, 14.00 pounds, $530; 4. Scott Mullins, Salinas, 13.34 pounds, $105; 5. Erik Zillig, Paso Robles, 12.90 pounds; 6. Nick Salvucci, San Miguel, Dusty Kahler, Atascadero, 12.86 pounds; 7. Dale Ball, Creston, Steve Bereda, Santa Margarita, 12.82 pounds; 8. Gene Gray, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 12.42 pounds; 9. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 12.20 pounds; 10. Neal Franklin, Joey Davis, Atascadero, 12.17 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 5.81 pounds, Borofka & Borofka, $190; 2nd Big Fish, 4.6 pounds, McAbee & Small. $125.
Last week, Arroyo Grande’s Lintner failed to make the 50-man cut on day two of the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Arkansas´ Bull Shoals Lake. He placed 85th in the 99-angler field with a 10-fish weight of 23 pounds, 12 ounces. This is Lintner’s seventh season on the Elite pro tour. He had earned $10,000 in each of his first two 2012 tour stops.
Next week (May 3-6) at Douglas Lake at Dandridge, Tenn., he’ll be at the halfway point on the 2012 tour.
Port San Luis Boatyard
On Wednesday, 11 boats were launched and 46 salmon were caught. None were weighed, per the anglers’ option. Twenty-two salmon were caught last week by anglers aboard 39 launched private boats. Fifteen salmon were bagged by fishermen on six boats Sunday. Arroyo Grande’s Jerry Sato weighed a 15-pounder for Whopper of the Week honors Sunday.
Two salmon trips were offered last week. Three salmon were harvested by 15 passengers aboard the Patriot on Saturday. Sixteen anglers blanked on salmon Sunday but they shared the crab pot haul of 79 Dungeness crabs.
A crab and salmon trip is scheduled for Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an $84 fare. The rockcod-lingcod season opens Tuesday and runs through Dec. 31. Call 595-7200 for schedules and reservations.
Salmon trips last weekened yielded one legal fish Friday for six anglers and two legals Saturday for seven passengers. The salmon were 10-pounders.
Upcoming salmon trips will be offered provided sufficient reservations are received. Cost for the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips is $89. Call 772-1222 for reservations and more information. Rockcod-lingcod trips are to commence with the opening of the season May 1. The season runs through Dec. 31.
For the second straight year the base will not be open for fishing.
Trout fishing opens Saturday and Sunday. Access hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Whale Rock is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The catch last year was unlike any other within memory. Four hundred forty-two anglers registered during the 145 days the facility was open. One hundred thirty trout were caught. Gary Collier and Joe Reynolds caught the most fish, 36 and 34, respectively.
Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal says “there’s an excellent topwater bite in progress for whites and spotted bass. Bunky Childs and Jack Foster caught and released 18 spots and as many whites last Friday. I watched Dean Guzman fishing from shore with Senkos catch and release five whites and spots.” Rymal and Jack Aldridge reeled in 30 nice spots on crankbaits. All were released.
Marina spokesman Jonathan Garcia reports catches of bass up to 4 pounds and pan-sized crappie off the F dock. A Wednesday morning angler said he caught a bass limit in water ranging in depth from two to 15 feet using plastic worms as bait.
All species rocketed into high gear last week with the advent of spring weather. Shore fishermen from Harvey’s Cove to the Mohawk Area caught trout on all types of baits and lures. A 17-pound “tail walker” was caught in Drakes Cove.
A 30-pound catfish limit was garnered from an undisclosed location. Trollers for trout flourished all over the lake using crawler/dodger combos at a depth of three colors of lead core line.
Bass fishing was exceptional. Catches were made in 1 to 5 feet of the water column. Crappie also were on the chew in The Narrows and around Arrowhead Island. The long-awaited carp spawn has begun and double-digit numbers should be obtained easily by bow hunters.