Plans are moving ahead for the third Wounded Warriors saltwater fishing event scheduled Oct. 4 out of Morro Bay.
“For the second year PG&E’s $2,500 donation is largely responsible for our organization being in good shape as far as funding is concerned,” said Greg Birkholz, president of Anglers Anonymous Central Coast. His club sponsors the event that has been dubbed “Reel World R & R.”
Anglers Anonymous sponsored a saltwater tournament earlier this year that generated additional funding.
“This time we will be able to host 35 veterans on the Princess out of Virg’s,” Birkholz said. Twenty-five vets participated in 2013.
One of the veterans aboard Oct. 4 will get a second opportunity to fish with three buddies of his choosing thanks to Joe Anderton, owner of J & T Full On Fishing Charters in Morro Bay. The winner will be determined by a drawing on board the Princess.
Once again, the Bay Osos and Atascadero Kiwanis clubs will host a post tournament Tri-Tip barbecue.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Seabass, halibut, lingcod, one salmon and an early season (possibly the first) bluefin tuna were caught by anglers aboard boats dispatched from the Sports Launch last week.
No Whopper of the Week was designated, however. The tuna, caught by Birkholz of Arroyo Grande on Friday, was a bluefin tuna that weighed 12 pounds. He was fishing with Larry Patague of Paso Robles.
“We were 28 miles out of port when I caught the bluefin. We ventured out 12 more miles but didn’t get bit,” he said.
Seventy-nine white seabass, four halibut and 109 lingcod were counted by Boatyard personnel. The bluefin was not in the report.
Last week, 127 boats were launched.
A bigger bluefin
Using the same coordinates as Birkholz, Ernie Boyd of Arroyo Grande reeled in a 37-pound bluefin Saturday. He was fishing from a boat owned by David Fort of Paso Robles. A third bluefin (14 pounds) was caught over the weekend. Other details were not available.
Lintner and Salvucci qualify
Jared Lintner and longtime fishing partner Nick Salvucci qualified for an Anglers Choice postseason event Sept. 27 at Clear Lake.
To meet the seven-tourney requirement for the postseason, they needed to compete in a daytime event at The Delta on Saturday and a nighttime competition at Clear Lake. Earlier in the season they were winners in three of four Delta tests and placed fifth at Clear Lake.
Small fields participated Sept. 6 — nine teams at The Delta and three at Clear Lake. Lintner and Salvucci won at Clear Lake after finishing third in their daytime competition.
Morro Bay Landing
Sherman Eaton of Arroyo Grande weighed the heaviest jackpot winner last week, a 15-pound lingcod caught Sept. 3.
Other jackpot winners included: Mike Crosby, Bakersfield, 13-5 ling, Rex Ramos, Salinas, 12-0 ling, Jose Guerrero, Bakersfield, 11-0 ling, Steve Smith, Riverside, 10-0 ling, and Bob Olaff, Poplar, Wis., 8-2 ling One hundred forty-nine passengers fished on six trips last week. The catch: 46 lingcod, 76 red rockcod, and 1,088 assorted rockfish.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.
Cambria’s Jim Webb, a frequent jackpot winner aboard Virg’s boats, punched his ticket to the John Rowley end-of-the-season Lingcod Derby by catching a 23-pound, 10-ounce lingcod on the two-day trip. He is the 18th qualifier.
On the two-day trip, 31 anglers caught 82 lingcod, 240 red rockcod and 70 assorted rockfish.
Other jackpot winners all caught lings. Anglers and weights were: Alfredo Esquivel, Paso Robles, 14 pounds, 8 ounces, Doug Sheppard, Bakersfield, Mike Alvarez, Clovis, both 14-5, Tony Carralota, Kingsburg, 14-0, Deborah Maressa, Mariposa, 13-0. Drew Amos, Hanford, Landon Burst, Nevada, both 11-0, Andrie Carabelle, Fresno, 10-4, Zack McCurry, Morro Bay, 9-2 and Ed Bishop, Morro Bay, 8-8.
The catch by 359 rockcod anglers included 293 lingcod, 1,166 red rockcod, 2,245 assorted rockfish, four cabezon and one sheephead.
Call 772-1222 or go to www.virgs.com for trip schedules and reservations.
The Sea Angler came back on line late last week after being idle for a while.
One hundred forty-four lingcod were in the catch by 256 passengers last week. The catch also included 402 red rockcod, 594 bolina, 25 cabezon and 1,335 assorted rockfish.
William Gaines from Coarsegold had last week’s big lingcod — 16 pounds.
Lingcod were the jackpot fish caught by the other seven winners.
They were: Lawrence Li, Arcadia, 13-8 pounds, Roger York, San Luis Obispo, 12-5, Jeff Aguilar, Nipomo, Ben Bolayog, Jr., Santa Margarita, Berneice Saucedo, Fresno, all 10-0, Violeta Esparza Renie, Atascadero, and Rick Hannah, Bakersfeld, both 9-0.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 597-7200.
For the sixth time in the 20-week-old season, no trout were caught. Sixteen anglers showed up, bringing the season’s total to 442. The reservoir, which is open to fishing Wednesdays through Sundays, has been open 99 days through Sept. 7. The 2014 catch is 107 trout.
Tom Ryan of Paso Robles caught six spotted bass up to 2 1⁄2 pounds Monday evening. He fished from shore near the marina using Rat L Traps. Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said resident Martin Rowley caught a combination of 12 white and spotted bass, also Monday. He used Real Image lures in the Las Tablas area.
A trout plant was received Tuesday. Information on the pound total and number of fish were not available.
Marina staffer Ben Riding reported the catch of a 7-pound bass Tuesday by Kyle Lauren of Avila. He used a swimbait at Marina Point. Recently, John Eel of Nipomo reeled in a 5 3⁄4-pound bass.
Catfish continue to be the most active species.
Said marina manager Ken Hemer: “Catfish are still on the chew and can be found in the backs of coves and cuts throughout the lake. They are being caught in as shallow as one feet of water.
“Cut mackerel, dough baits and dip baits are working. Smallmouth bass are being caught on reaction baits off of main lake points early and late in the day. At midday small jigs and drop-shotting are getting bit.”