Forty veterans, the biggest contingent yet, will participate in the third-annual Wounded Warriors saltwater fishing trip Saturday out of Morro Bay.
Greg Birkholz, president of the sponsoring organization, Anglers Anonymous Central Coast, noted the event has been dubbed “Reel World R & R.”
Among the scheduled participants is Ruben Duarte, 89, of San Luis Obispo, a Navy veteran who served in World War II. Veterans from the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are among the 40 participants.
Veterans from the Central Coast, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and San Diego are registered for fishing which will be from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To accommodate the larger number of guests, the sponsors have chartered the Princess out of Virg’s Landing.
A major contribution funding the event is a $2,500 gift for the second year by PG&E.
One of the veterans aboard 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 of Morro Bay. The winner will be determined by a drawing on board the Princess.
Enhancing the event are equipment gifts from Fishaholics out of Orcutt and Been There, Caught That from Santa Maria.
A barbecue at Tideland Park will follow the fishing. That event is being sponsored by the Atascadero and Bay Osos Kiwanis clubs.
Anglers Anonymous, an organization of 15 dues-paying members, was formed in 2011. Its membership is enhanced by numerous volunteers.
Salmon season ending
Salmon fishing off the Central Coast will close Sunday. The season opened April 5 from Pigeon Point to the U.S./Mexico border.
Cerritos angler John Perkins caught a 25-pound, 10-ounce lingcod aboard the Sea Angler on Sunday. It was the week’s biggest jackpot fish.
Other jackpot winners included: Michael Roberts, Lemoore, 12-5 ling, Sal Perales, Oceano, 11-7 cabezon, Joe Gossner, Santa Maria, and David Troth, Corcoran, both 10-0 lings, Woodrow Deloria, Placerville, 8-0 ling, and Blake Hou, Shell Beach, 6-0 ling.
The catch by 253 anglers included: 126 lingcod, 267 red rockcod, 1,472 assorted rockfish, 140 bolina and 17 cabezon.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Full rockcod limits were registered five days last week — every day but Wednesday and Thursday. Sixty-eight boats were launched. The catch included 63 lingcod, six halibut and one white seabass.
No fish were weighed so there is no Whopper of the Week.
Morro Bay Landing
The only two trips last week were weekenders. Jackpots were won by Morro Bay’s August Self with an 11-pound lingcod and Andre Jones of San Bernardino with an 8-pound ling.
Caught by 40 anglers were 18 lingcod, 46 red rockcod and 354 assorted rockfish.
For reservations and trip schedules, go to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.
Bakersfield’s Bernardo Salcedo became the twenty-first qualifier for the Dec. 6 John Rowley Lingcod Championship. He made it with a 14-pound, 15-ounce lingcod last week.
Only nine weeks remain to qualify for the event. Currently, prize money totals $7,277. The winner will claim 50 percent of the prize money in the championship event with the second- and third-place anglers earning 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively.
Other jackpot winners last week included: Clayton Jacobsen, Fresno, 14-3 lingcod, Steven Ashley, San Francisco, 13-0 ling, Kirk Lens, Atascadero, 12-9 ling, Jeff Aquire, Fresno, 11-9 ling, Rosario Castro, Bakersfield, 11-9 ling, and Levi Wilson, Paso Robles, 5-6 ling.
The catch last week by 259 rockcod fishermen included: 139 lingcod, 536 red rockcod, 1,597 assorted rockfish, one cabezon, one whitefish and one sheephead.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
Lintner and Salvucci place sixth
Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande and longtime fishing partner Nick Salvucci from Atascadero placed sixth in a field of 62 teams in last week’s Region 1 Anglers Choice tournament at Clear Lake.
Their two limits weighed 48 pounds.
The winning tandem of Greg McCosker and Marc Crutcher had two limits for 62.40 pounds.
A newcomer to the ranks of anglers who have been able to fish successfully at the reservoir, Jason Hayes, ended two weeks of no catches Sept. 26. That’s when he reeled in a 16-inch trout on a worm. It was the only fish caught in week No. 23 of the season. Four fishermen tried their luck between Sept. 24-28. Whale Rock has been open 114 days for fishing, anglers total 470 and 108 trout have been caught.
The facility is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Dave Rymal, Heritage Ranch reporter, said resident Doug Rice on Saturday caught 10 spotted bass using buzzbaits and Senkos. One of his spots was a 4-pounder.
Trollers working the main channel from Dip Creek to Las Tablas are catching both spots and white bass.
Rymal, armed with a fly rod and meal worms for bait Tuesday, caught a dozen fat bluegill while fishing around the docks at Snake Creek.
No reports since Sept. 8.
Marina manager Ken Hemer filed this report about last week’s fishing: “Cut mackerel or packaged dough ball baits fished in the backs of coves and cuts all over the lake continue to provide the best results. Bass anglers are having the best results using reaction baits or nightcrawlers at main lake points. Some panfish are being caught around docks and to the right of the marina.
All other species were absent from the count.”