It took six years, including a couple of close calls, before the Twomey brothers from Lompoc finally emerged atop the standings in a Tri Valley Club bass tournament.
Four of the six club tournaments this year have been contested at Nacimiento Lake, and that lake also is where the Twomeys last won a tournament — Jan. 31, 2009.
Bill Twomey, 77, and brother Pat, 76, have scaled back their tournament fishing to just Tri Valley club events.
Second-place finishes were registered by the brothers in the April and May event at Nacimiento.
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Joey Reggio (San Luis Obispo) and partner Brian Nawrocki (Atascadero) denied the brothers in both tourneys by 85-hundreths of a pound in May and 26-hundredths of a pound in April.
But, last week Reggio and Nawrocki, who own a comfortable lead in the Angler of the Year standings, slipped to a ninth-place finish.
Bill Twomey admitted wondering if they would ever win another tournament.
“We caught between 40 and 50 fish all,” he said, “all by drop-shotting worms. Our better fish came from water 40 to 60 feet deep.”
The Twomeys brought a six-fish, 11.09 pound team limit to the scales. It was 68-hundreths of a pound better than runners-up Jacob Lewis and partner John Fagot.
Tri Valley Top 10 (All 6-fish team limits)
1. Bill & Pat Twomey. Lompoc, 11.09 pounds; 2. Jacob Lewis, Atascadero, John Fagot, 10.41 pounds; 3. Russ Minneau, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach, 10.22 pounds; 4. Graham Grove, Atascadero, Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, 10.20 pounds; 5. Ted & Dustin McAllister, San Luis Obispo, 10.12 pounds; 6. Robert Gardiner, Dale Litwiler, Lompoc, 9.77 pounds; 7. Josh Signorelli, Frank Michaud, Lompoc, 9.52 pounds; 8. Johnny Johnson, Rob Marquez, Santa Maria, 9.42 pounds; 9. Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Brian Nawrocki, Atascadero, 9.37 pounds; 10. Pat Schmidt, Templeton, Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 9.36 pounds.
1st Big Fish, 2.59 pounds, Signorelli & Michaud; 2nd Big Fish, 1.99 pounds, Gardiner & Litwiler.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Last week was the best this season as far as the salmon catch goes.
One hundred eleven was the week’s total with the 28 taken Saturday being the best day of the 2015 season. Whopper of the Week honors went to Atascadero’s Nathan Cortez for his 23.6-pound salmon caught Saturday. It is the heaviest salmon of the year.
The number of boats launched last week (170) was second only to the 194 dispatched May 25-31. The number of lingcod counted last week (153) ranked third-best of the year. Better totals were recorded May 25-31 (170) and May 18-24 (158).
Sacramento’s Adam Niedzwiedz caught an 18.6-pound lingcod aboard the Black Pearl on a June 6 overnight trip. He became the 10th qualifier for the end-of-season John Rowley Lingcod competition. It was the second-heaviest ling of 2015.
The heaviest ling taken was a 23.8-pounder by Morro Bay’s Tim Stover in the second week of the season.
Other jackpot winners last week all caught lingcod. Anglers and weights were: John Keating, Santa Barbara, 12.8, Sarah Gaede, Squaw Valley, and Felipe Hernandez, Lompoc, both 11.1, Frederico Torres, Fresno, 10.6, Edward Figueroa, Visalia, 10.2, Azael Salinas, Jr., Bakersfield, 10-0, Will Bateman, Atascadero, and James Cooper, Los Angeles, both 9.6, Robin Harrington, Durango, CO, 8-3, Ashley Valdez, Greenfield, 7.3, Rob Stack, Bakersfield, 5.8, Kevin McKee, Nipomo, 5-4, and Ally Woods, San Luis Obispo, 5.0, plus Jim Cook, Atascadero, a 5.5 bocaccio.
Totals for the week ending June 12 were: 320 passengers, 354 lingcod, 264 coppers, 41 cabezon, 1,169, red rockcod, two sheephead, three rock sole and one wolf eel.
For reservations and trip schedules, go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
A trio of anglers tied for the biggest jackpot lingcod. Linda Rider of Grover Beach, Kevin Rhea of Visalia and Ray Djurdjev of Fresno, all had 12-pound lings.
Other passengers with winning lings included: Fernando Villages, Visalia, 11 pounds, Vincent Cotton, Citrus Heights, 10 pounds, Ruben Cornejo, Santa Maria, 9 pounds, Nathan Hughes, Armona, 8 pounds, and Marlaine McKean. Atascadero, 6-pound red.
Last week’s catch by 299 passengers included 120 lingcod, 517 red rockcod, 96 coppers, 1,533 assorted rockcod, 66 bolina, 10 cabezon, six ocean white fish, five bocaccio, and two rubber lip perch.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.patriotsportfishing.com or call 595-7200.
Morro Bay Landing
The Patriot ran one trip out of Morro Bay on June 9. Sherman Thatcher of Paso Robles had the jackpot fish, a 6-pound vermillion.
The catch by 18 passengers included 10 lingcod, 37 red rockcod, five coppers, three cabezon and 133 assorted rockfish.
The San Pedro Special is back in Morro Bay but currently unavailable.
Brad Leage, the former skipper of the Princess out of Virg’s, is scheduled to begin operating out of Morro Bay Landing next week. He will be skippering his boat, the Endeavor.
For reservations, trip schedules call 771-5500 or go online to www.morrobaylanding.com.
For the fifth straight open period and the seventh time in the eight weeks the reservoir has been open for fishing in 2015, no trout were caught. Only six individuals tried their luck, bringing the season’s turnout total to 120 anglers.
The only trout that has been caught was May 9 when Jeremy Harkins landed a 16-inch rainbow with a PowerBait presentation. Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.
Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said: “Martin Rowley got into a boil last week and lost count of the white bass and spotted bass he caught. He was using Kastmasters and Real Image jigs. Rowley is a catch and release fisherman.” Rymal noted that he located a submerged log while fishing Monday and he caught 12 nice crappie on his fly rod with a Gitzit fly.
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Ken Hemer reported: “Bass fishing has been fair both early and late in the day. Texas rigs can be productive at mid day. Concentrate in the main lake. Ed Conway of San Luis Obispo caught an 11-7 blue catfish on a nightcrawler.”