Upon completion of the current challenge at Lake Havasu, the Bassmaster Elite 2015 season will be at the halfway mark.
Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner is facing an uphill battle to make the cut for a desired sixth Classic qualification.
He’s placed in the money only once in his first three outings and that was at Lake Guntersville where he finished in 53rd place, which was the last of the slots earning at least $10,000.
Californians and former residents were expected to have an advantage last week on the Sacramento River site where it was familiar water.
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One-time residents Justin Lucas and Aaron Martens finished first and second, respectively, while Ish Monroe of Hughson was fourth, Chris Zaldain of San Jose was fifth, and Skeet Reese of Auburn was 15th. First-year Elite pro Brent Ehrler of Newport Beach was 28th.
Lintner’s day one bag of 13 pounds, 9 ounces had him in 61st place, 11 places removed from finishing in the money. He missed the first cut with a 12-pound, 7-ounce day two limit that dropped him to 70th place with a tournament total of 26 pounds.
Gray & Short win ABA finale
By registering their second regular season ABA Pacific Region tournament win, Atascadero’s Gene Gray and Templeton’s Jay Short probably have repeated as Anglers of the Year.
The partners were winners Saturday at Lopez Lake by a 5-pound margin. Their crowning as regional champs awaits action from ABA headquarters.
“We were catching about one fish an hour on swimbaits until around 10 o’clock when we caught three in a 30-minute span,” Gray said.
“Our big fish (7.46 pounds) was caught by Jay and turned out to be the tourney’s second biggest fish.”
Runners-up Jim Slusher and Ken Sauret claimed the big-fish honor (8.29 pounds).
Darrin Bishop of Paso Robles, and his cousin, Dean Miller from Tulare, have been ABA titleholders several times but after a sixth place last week, the duo probably will come up a few points behind Gray and Short.
ABA Pacific Region Top 10
Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Gene Gray, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 5, 26.77 pounds, $2,012; 2. Jim Slusher, Atascadero, Ken Sauret, Paso Robles, 4, 21.76 pounds, $817; 3. Mike Maddux, Arroyo Grande, Lee Maddux, Paso Robles, 5, 18.45 pounds, $366; 4. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 5, 17.27 pounds, $60; 5. Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Jeff Hodges, Arroyo Grande, 5, 13.74 pounds; 6. Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Dean Miller, Tulare, 5, 13.02 pounds; 7. Stanley Beebe, San Luis Obispo, Andrew Levy, Grover Beach, 5, 11.91 pounds, 8. (tie) Jason Letterman, Scott Mullins, Salinas, 5, 10.70 pounds, $160; Bobby Doss, Todd Reccord, Paso Robles, 5, 10.70 pounds; 9. John White, San Luis Obispo, Freddie Ledesma, Soledad, 5, 10.48 pounds; 10. Dan Barrios, Justin Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 5, 9.79 pounds, $110.
1st Big Fish, 8.29 pounds, Slusher & Sauret; 2nd Big Fish, 7.46 pounds, Gray & Short; 3rd Big Fish, 7.05 pounds, Maddux & Maddux, $78.
May nips Bailey in Ambushers
Jerry May, who retired and moved to Paso Robles three years ago, edged Paul Bailey by 18-hundredths of a pound in an Ambushers tournament at Nacimiento Lake last week.
May caught a limit on topwater baits and culled twice prior to trolling motor problems that prompted an early exit early.
May’s 8.65-pound limit edged Creston’s Bailey’s 8.47 pounds.
SLO County Bass Ambushers Top 10 (All 5-fish Limits), Weight
1. Jerry May, Paso Robles, 8.65 pounds; 2. Paul Bailey, Creston, 8.47 pounds; 3.Erik Zillig, Paso Robles, 8.46 pounds; 4. Burt Lund, Atascadero, 7.74 pounds; 5. Jim Keeney, Paso Robles, 7.55 pounds; 6. Craig Zillig, Creston, 7.42 pounds; 7. Richard Bustos, King City, 7.01 pounds; 8. Jesse Wilson, Atascadero, 6.99 pounds; 9. Tom White, King City, 6.83 pounds; 10. Janet Wilson, Atascadero, 6.68 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 1.95 pounds, May.
Andrew Bartlik from New York had the biggest jackpot fish last week, a 17-pound, 3-ounce lingcod.
Other winners included: Ted Knapp, Bakersfield, 11-6 ling, Harry Brown, Los Osos, 11-0 ling, Gary Lynch, Bakersfield, 10-6 ling, Elmer Solis, Bakersfield, 8-8 ling, James Dreip, Bakersfield, 7-5 ling, Roberto Pineda, Bakersfield, 6-5 ling, Amanda Romero, Paso Robles, 5-6 ling, and Carlos Pearles, Nipomo, 4-8 ling.
The landing sent out five boats through Saturday of last week. Caught were 195 lingcod, 507 red rockcod, 10 cabezon, two kelp greenling, two rock sole, one ocean whitefish and 1,345 assorted rockfish.
For reservations and trip schedules, call 772-1222 or go to www.virgs.com.
Whale Rock Reservoir
For the second week in a row, no trout were caught. The turnout was 24 anglers.
Last week’s jackpot winners were: Corey Costello, Bakersfield, 10-0 ling, Cass Schulz, Arroyo Grande, 9-0 ling, and Roger York, San Luis Obispo, 8-0 ling.
The catch by 121 anglers included 29 lingcod, 256 red rockcod, 324 assorted rockish, 20 bolina, 50 coppers, eight cabezon, and one boccacio.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Shannon Newby from Santa Maria took Whopper of the Week honors with a 17-pound, 1-ounce salmon.
Last week’s catch by anglers aboard 126 boats were 29 salmon and 126 lingcod. Full rockcod limits were logged four days, half limits twice and three-quarter limits once.