Catching up with this “Yankee Doodle Dandy” born on the Fourth of July required assistance from two of his past fishing partners — Steve Bereda and John White.
A connection with Burt Lund was a must because the Atascadero angler, who turns 63 today, won a competition he didn’t think he would because he failed to catch a bass limit. Furthermore, his Ambushers triumph Saturday at Lopez Lake was the most significant occurrence on the local fishing scene.
Good things happen for the Lunds, especially in June. Burt’s wife of 34 years, Joan, placed second in this tournament a year ago with a limit, but 19-hundredths of a pound from first place. Recalling the event, Burt Lund quipped: “She caught fish that I missed.
“At Lopez (last week) all four of my fish were caught on jigs retrieved from 10 to 20 feet of water at different locations,” he said.
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A fifth fish to fill a limit eluded him in the tourney’s final two hours.
“All we accomplished in the heat was to exhaust our water supply,” Burt Lund said. “That’s a first for us. Winning with four fish was unexpected, but I’ll take it.”
Burt Lund did have the event’s big fish (5.70 pounds). It helped him best a field of 23 anglers, including three with limits.
Joan Lund placed 16th with one fish. But, she did hook a huge brown and orange crawdad that rode to the surface before letting go.
The Lunds are celebrating Burt’s birthday today in Fresno courtesy of their son, David, who is “treating” his parents to a Grizzlies minor league game. No sweat! The forecast is 112 degrees.
Ambushers Top 10, No. Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Burt Lund, Atascadero, 4, 16.14 pounds, $397; 2. Bryan Vogt, Paso Robles, 5, 13.21 pounds, $172; 3. Jim Keeney, Paso Robles, 5, 12.28 pounds, $115; 4. Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 4, 11.39 pounds; 5. Sheldon Waters, Lompoc, 5, 10.60 pounds; 6. Marc Hazuka, Atascadero, 4, 8.57 pounds; 7. Larry Stevenson, Lompoc, 4, 8.23 pounds; 8. Austin Bonjour, Atascadero, 3, 7.12 pounds; 9. Jacob Lewis, Atascadero, 3, 6.46 pounds; 10. Jeremy Lewis, Atascadero, 2, 5.62 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 5.70 pounds, Burt Lund, $110.
Free fishing day
If you are new to fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. Saturday is one of two free fishing days this year. The other one is Sept. 6. Sport fishing licenses are no longer required but all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect.
The Patriot will cruise to waters off Pismo Beach for a seaside view of tonight’s fireworks. Passengers should report at the landing by 6:30 pm. Departure will be at 7 p.m. Call 595-7200 for reservations, which are suggested. Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under.
Bakersfield’s Jerry Kammel had last week’s heavest fish, a 14-pound ling. Other jackpot winners included: Rusty Cohen, Paso Robles, 13-0 ling, Tom Romero, Bakersfield, 11-0 ling, Russ Rhodes, Arroyo Grande, 10-0 ling, George Suchard, San Luis Obispo, 9-0 ling, Kyle Glagovich, Taft, and Carlos Nuno, Maricopa, both 8-0 lings, Jed Mitchell, Madera, 8-0 cabezon, Roosevelt Vickers, Bakersfield, 7-0 ling, Freddie Gallegos, Chula Vista, 6-0 ling, Roger York, San Luis Obispo, 6-0 red rockcod, Jim Settle, Nipomo, 5-8 ling, Bill Couch, Riverside, 5-0 ling, and Andrew Weisman, Centennial, Colo., 3-0 red rockcod.
Highlighting last week’s catch by 333 passengers was 111 lingcod.
Seaside viewing of the Cayucos fireworks aboard Virg’s boats has been a tradition for many years. Check in time is 6:30 p.m. with departure at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children 16 and under. Refreshments will be sold on board.
An exploratory trip focused on finding white seabass is scheduled to depart at 9 p.m. Sunday. The Black Pearl will return at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Live squid will be used for bait. Participants may catch a rockcod/lingcod limit and as many as three white seabass. Cost is $175. For reservations, call 772-1222 or go online to www.virgs.com.
The two-day trip for Saturday and Sunday is sold out. The next one is scheduled for Aug. 17-18 for $235.
Winning jackpots last week were: Ken Eskew, Fresno, 15-0 ling, Javier Abard, Hanford, 13-0 ling, Gavin Van Groinegh, Hanford, 11-0 ling, Cody Smith, Atascadero, and Roman Tapia, Bakersfield, both 8-0 lings, Mark Ayers, Los Osos, 7-0 ling, Monte Roglier, Seattle, 7-0 red rockcod, Brody Swett, Hanford, 6-0 ling, Sharon Hicks, Kern, 6-0 red rockcod, and Hahn Sair, Fresno, 4-0 red rockcod.
Highlighting last week’s catch by 369 passengers were 124 lingcod.
Port San Luis Boatyard
More salmon were caught last week than in any previous week during the 13-week season. Ironically, although the Boatyard checked in 217 salmon, none were weighed. Hence, no Whopper of the Week. Launched were 187 privately-owned boats. The previous best salmon haul was 167 from June 10-16. The year’s best single-day salmon take (76 fish) was June 16.
The third best lingcod count of the season (105) was registered last week. Eighty-two lingcod were logged May 4 for 2013’s best one-day total.
Fish and Game made a second 900-pound plant of triploid (sterile) trout Tuesday morning.
A marina source said: “Stringers of bluegill and crappie are being bagged at places like Strawberry Flats. Shore fishermen are catching trout and Nipomo’s Joe Lopez landed a 41⁄4-pound bass at the dam on a crankbait.”
For the second straight week Jeremy Hawkins caught seven trout on worms. His catch June 22 included three 16-inchers, a 20-, 17- and a 15-inch fish. The next day he added another 16-inch fish. An unidentified angler reported catching a 161⁄2-inch fish on a worm Sunday. There was a turnout of 31 anglers.
Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal said resident Lance Clairmont caught a 41⁄2-pound largemouth Saturday night on a jig. “Shad are boiling on the surface but few spots are being caught,” Rymal said. “They are justing bumping lures. It’s hot. Be off the water by 10 o’clock.”
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Don Lopez says both launch ramps are functioning. Early morning and evenings are when fishermen are showing up and catching bass on a variety of topwater baits.
A free kids fishing workshop is scheduled for July 20 from 8:45 am to noon on the lawn at the Neal Taylor Nature Center. Expert adult fishermen will teach fundamentals of the sport. The workshop is limited to 50 kids ages 7-15. Pre-registration is urged. Call 693-0691 or e-mail Julie@clnaturecenter.org. There is a $10 county park admission fee per vehicle.
Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “Shallow coves, Johnson’s Bay and The Narrows yielded some catfish limits and fish to six pounds. Cut mackerel, shrimp and packaged dough baits worked best. Most trout fishermen chose to drift for rainbows at a depth of 30 to 50 feet. Harvey’s Bay and E Point were top sites for shore fishermen.”