What has been a hot salmon bite off the Central Coast the past two weeks has cooled.
A juxtaposition has taken place. Now there is a wide-open salmon bite in waters off Monterey.
When things were sizzling down here, the bite up north had simmered down quite a bit.
“The bite we had going here the past two weeks was the best in at least 15, perhaps 20 years,” asserted Nipomo’s Harrell Kimball, who monitors saltwater fishing up and down the coast.
Between April 23 and Sunday, anglers embarking out of the Sports Launch at Port San Luis harvested 883 salmon.
Last week, wasn’t quite as good as the previous week, but 390 salmon were counted by PSL Boatyard personnel. Anglers aboard 194 dispatched boats returned with 131 salmon April 30. The next best catch was May 3 when fishermen aboard 30 boats returned with 83 salmon.
The prior week, April 23-April 29, there were 493 salmon caught by anglers on board 121 launched private boats. That was just the catches from the Avila area. Boats using the public launch site in Morro Bay experienced a “hot salmon bite” as well. But, there is no way to monitor the numbers there.
Early this week, nine salmon were reported by Boatyard personnel Monday and two more early Wednesday.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Although there were 63 lingcod and 390 salmon caught last week, no fish were weighed so there was no Whopper of the Week winner. Full rockcod limits were posted last Thursday and Sunday. There were three-quarter rockcod limits the other five days.
Bakersfield angler Bob Moore caught an 18-pound lingcod for the big catch of the first week of the rockcod season.
Other jackpot winners were Jim Gettings, Hisperia, and Young Lee Kim, Los Angeles, both 12-0 lingcods; Dan Chambers, Lake Shasta, 10-0 ling; Kasey Wool, Santa Barbara, Mike Mendoza, Morro Bay, Juan Santillan, Hanford, all 8-0 lings; Gene Parten, Wasco, and Roddy Gebello, both 8-0 red rockcod; and Jose Rodriguez, Paso Robles, 4-0 red rockcod.
Last week, 288 anglers caught 60 lingcod, 860 red rockcod, 1,244 assorted rockfish, 20 coppers and five cabezon.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 772-1222.
Arroyo Grande’s James Vilkitis had the heaviest fish caught last week, a 12-pound, 2-ounce lingcod.
Other jackpot winners included Joseph Walter, Nipomo,10-8 lingcod; Jeremy Valov, Bakersfield, 10-0 ling; Tony Castillo, Santa Maria, 9-0 ling; Jim Ransome, Orcutt, 8-8 ling; Gilbert Alcantar, Santa Maria, Ron Ricey, Clovis, Doug Jackson, Alpaugh, all 8-0 lings; and Mike Recchia, Corona, 5-0 copper.
Last week, 279 anglers caught 117 lingcod, 2,233 red rockcod, 540 assorted rockfish, 471 bolina, 23 cabezon, four kelp greenling, 15 coppers, 185 Dungeness crabs.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.
101 Bass Finale
The inaugural regular 101 Bass season concludes Saturday at Nacimiento Lake where contest No. 7 will be held. Jared Lintner, who will be home from Bassmaster Elite competition, and partner Nick Salvucci of San Miguel, have clinched Angler of the Year honors. They own a 26-point lead on Oceano’s Jeff Rose and Rich Zeilenga.
A two-day Tournament of Champions is scheduled for Sept. 29 at Nacimiento Lake and for Sept. 30 at Santa Margarita Lake.
Cachuma Pro Teams event
Darin Ferguson and Dustin Mojoinner recorded their second win in a row in the fifth Cachuma Pro Teams event. They were the lone money winners with a $710 pay out for their 11.07-pound limit.
Lompoc’s Steve Morris and partner Adam Koda, winners of the second event in the series, repeated as second-place finishers.
Cachuma Pro Teams Top 5, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Darin Ferguson, Buellton, Dustin Mojonnier, Las Alamos, 5, 11.07 pounds, $710; 2. Steve Morris, Lompoc, Adam Koda, Fontana, 5, 10.80 pounds; 3. John Flynn, Scott Lamberton, Solvang, 5, 10.75 pounds; 4. Larry & Jason Marquez, Santa Barbara, 5, 9.78 pounds; 5. Tony Vultaggio, Jeff Perry, Santa Barbara, 5, 8.72 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 2.89 pounds, Ferguson & Mojonnier.
Marina manager Aaron Boyd reports: “Lots of panfish to 2 pounds are being taken and largemouth bass on Rapalas, plastic worms and soft plastic crayfish.”
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina manager Don Lopez said: “Paul La Pointe of Paso Robles caught and released a dozen bass Wednesday morning. He was drop-shotting. Other anglers are also catching a lot of bass.”
Marina manager Ken Hemer said: “All species showed up in last week’s count. Bass were caught all over the lake in one to five feet of water on a wide variety of presentations. Bass are mostly done spawning and the size of the fish reflects that. Early morning and late afternoon are best times to fish for trout. Trollers pay out one to three colors of leadcore line with C.D. Rapalas and dodger/crawler combos. Trolled spinners are working for crappie in the Narrows and Cachuma Bay. Bowfishing for carp has come on this past week. Carp are on the surface all over the lake.Catfish are biting on cut mackerel and dough baits.”
Gary Collier, who caught the most Whale Rock trout last season (36), had the only catches last week. He reeled in a pair of 16-inch fish, one on worms and the other on a lure. Omitted last week were the catch of 14- and 16-inch trout on PowerBait by Anthony and Villa Reynells. The reservoir is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.