Thanks to the efforts of two fellow Bassmaster Elite anglers, both Jared Lintner and his tournament traveling partner, Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., have had their tickets punched for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
It will be Lintner’s fourth qualification for the Super Bowl of Pro Bass Fishing, an event that rewards the winner $500,000.
At the end of the 2012 Elite campaign, Arroyo Grande’s Lintner ranked 33rd in the standings and McClelland was 32nd.
McClelland’s Classic ticket was punched in early September as a result of Brent Chapman’s triple qualification for the Classic. Chapman was the 2012 Tundra Angler of the Year, a feat that meant a Classic berth. Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., was the first Elite pro other than Kevin VanDam to win AOY since 2007.
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Chapman became a triple qualifier, second as a winner of the 2012 sixth Elite event at Toledo Bend and third by competing in all three Central Opens.
Lintner’s ticket was validated last weekend when Chris Lane, winner of the 2012 Classic, competed in his third Southern Open. Earlier he had qualified for the 2013 Classic by being the defending champion and secondly by finishing 14th in the AOY standings. The top 28 earn berths in the prestigious event.
Lintner, 39, has qualified for three previous Classics, finishing 19th in 2007, 20th in 2008 and 35th in 2012. The 2013 Bassmaster Classic is scheduled for Feb. 22-24 on Grand Lake near Tulsa, Okla.
The 2013 Elite campaign will be his eighth.
San Antonio Fish Derby
Twenty-five tagged fish will be the quarry Saturday during the second-annual Lake San Antonio Fishing Derby. One of the 25 tagged fish will be worth $25,000 if caught during Saturday’s competition.
There is a $20 per-person entry fee. Families can register for $60. A family registration is limited to two parents and up to three children 12 and younger.
Children 6 and younger fish for free.
In addition to the one tagged fish with the big cash value, 24 others will reward their captors with camping and lodge stays, boat rentals and Lake San Antonio items.
Anglers must be registered and hold a valid derby ID, which will be provided at the time of registration. There will also be cash awards for the largest striped bass, catfish, largemouth bass and smallmouth.
Check-in will be from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at the South Shore Cafe. Blast off will be at 7 a.m. or safe light.
Participants may register online at lakesanantonioresort.com or at the South Shore Cafe until noon Saturday.
For more information, call 472-2213 or visit lakesanantonioresort.com or Facebook.com/LakeSanAntonio.
Visalia’s Martin Gamboa had the big fish of the week, a 16-pound, 8-ounce lingcod.
Other jackpot winners were Paul Ito, Gardena, 11-5 lingcod; Mike Ravalin, Arroyo Grande, 11-0 lingcod; Manny Lopez, Santa Maria, 10-0 lingcod; Sean Ryan, Paso Robles, 8-0 lingcod; Art Valdez, Lompoc, 6-0 lingcod; and Bryan Green, Arroyo Grande, 5-0 lingcod.
Last week, one hundred seventy-eight anglers caught 67 lingcod, 461 red rockcod, 474 assorted rockfish, and 17 cabezon.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.
An overnight trip is scheduled for this weekend. Anglers may bring back two limits of fish. Trip departure will be at 3 p.m. Saturday with return by 6 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $230.
Carl White of Guadalupe caught last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 15-pound ling. Other jackpot winners included: Mike Marsh, Fresno, 14-0 lingcod; Steve Howell, Fresno, and Dave Proley, St. Louis, both 12-0 lings; Scott Patzkowsky, Maryland, 11-0 ling; Greg Veach, Lompoc, and Jim Matsukas, Solvang, both 8-0 lings; and Kola Seagaser, Bakersfield, 6-0 copper rockfish.
The catch last week by 168 passengers included 111 lingcod, 939 red rockcod and 714 assorted rockfish.
For reservations and additional trip schedules, call 772-1222.
Port San Luis Boatyard
During the final week of salmon fishing season off the Central Coast, 115 salmon were checked in at the PSL Sports Launch. It was the third-best catch of the 2012 season. The season ended Sunday.
The best salmon haul of the campaign took place April 23-29 when 493 were caught. The next week (April 30-May 6) the take was the second best of the season, 390 fish.
Last week, 133 boats were launched. The catch included 109 lingcod, 38 halibut and four barracuda. Last week, rockcod limits were registered four days last week, three-quarter limits twice and three quarter to full limits once.
The Whopper of the Week was a 17-pound, 11-ounce halibut reeled in by Adam Etinkamp of Lompoc on Oct. 6.
Three trout were caught last week, including a 16-inch rainbow Oct. 7 by a newcomer, Kathleen Kirschenten. She became the 25th different angler to catch a trout this season. The 15 anglers who turned out last week hiked the number of participants to 587.
The facility, which is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays and legal holidays, has been open for 119 days.
Joe Reynolds enticed two trout with grubs Oct. 6. Caught were 12- and 15-inch fish. The three leading trout catchers of 2012 are Jace Zavala with 21, Jeff Minkler with 16 and Jeff French with 15.
During his Wednesday report, Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal was wondering how that morning’s rain will affect fishing. It was the first rain in 150 days. Rymal and Scott Graham caught a mixed bag of 30 white and spotted bass Saturday, plus one crappie. They were jigging with Kastmasters and Real Image lures. On Oct. 9, Bunky Charles and Jack and Brad Foster caught 80 white and spotted bass with Real Image lures and Pop R’s on the surface.
Using silver and black crappie jigs plus crappie nibbles, Marina manager Aaron Boyd caught a trio of crappie in excess of two pounds — 21⁄8, 23⁄16, and 21⁄16 pounds. He was fishing in Marina Cove last Friday Red worms are enticing bluegill up to one pound, reports marina staffer Jonathan Garcia.
Santa Margarita Lake
Catfish continue to furnish most of the fishing activity. Fly-lined baits cast in the backs of coves in water 3 to 15 feet deep are producing whiskerfish. Bass have shown some signs of improvement. Spoons and jigs are the baits of choice. Fishing for crappie is rated fair. Quite a few trout are congregating by the dam but getting them to bite is trying the patience of anglers. Carp have been providing some decent opportunities for bow fisherman in the backs of coves.