Rainfall high on every angler's Christmas list

What’s on the wish list of Central Coast fishermen this year?

Perhaps, more appropriately stated: All I want for Christmas is? 

Dana and Clayton Chatterly (Lompoc): “A keeper bass. Last week at Cachuma, I didn’t catch a fish and my son got only one. And we were fishing our home lake, a venue we know very well,” Dana said. The father-son team has won back-to-back Angler-of-the-Year titles in Tri Valley tournament series. “We tried everything: spinnerbaits, cranks, jigs, drop-shotting and shaking worms. The fish have lockjaw. We’re going to Lopez this weekend.”

Dan Barrios (San Luis Obispo): “A 29-pound lingcod. I’ve caught them that big at Pt. Purisma in years past. It will take one that big to win Patriot Sportfishing Lingcod competition. (The current leader in the 9th annual event is Casey Lintner of Arroyo Grande. He caught a 28-5 ling Oct. 27.)

Greg Birkholz (Arroyo Grande): The president of Anglers Anonymous, Central Coast Chapter, answered tersely, “A Davis fishing boat.” He’s been hitch-hiking rides from numerous boat owners and holding his own when it comes to catching big saltwater fish.

Don Lopez (Manager of Santa Margarita Lake Marina): His one-word answer, “Customers. There’s only one boat on the lake” early Wednesday afternoon.

Bob Hather (San Luis Obispo): “Fish boxes filled with Albacore next season.” As far as tuna fishing off the Central Coast is concerned, this extraordinary saltwater fisherman and colleagues had a down year. In 2013, the tuna schools seldom were within range of local boats.

Damon Meeks (Atascadero): “Foremost, would be good health for my family in the face of ObamaCare. Further down the list is a super-fast Allison bass boat.”

Steve Bereda (Santa Margarita): “Other than winning the lottery, it would be a 10-inch overnight rain to fill up our lakes.”

Nick Salvucci (Atascadero): The frequent partner of Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner asserted, “How about a 13-pound bass, preferably in a tournament situation?”

Aaron Boyd (Marina Manager, Lopez Lake): “A good rain would help and more customers.”

Dave Rymal (Heritage Ranch Reporter): “All I want is water in the lake, a lot of water, (Nacimiento) and white bass boiling.”  


Winter Holiday Cruise

A two-hour Saturday Winter Wine Cruise aboard the Sea Angler out of Patriot Sportfishing will benefit the Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Beach. The

5 to 7 p.m. cruise includes viewing the holiday lighting of San Luis Obispo Bay. Morovino winery will provide the wine with crackers and cheese. A guest speaker will represent the aquarium. The fare is $50 with half the proceeds benefiting the aquarium’s marine science education program. Space is limited. For reservations, call 595-7200.

Virg’s Landing

Twenty-six anglers aboard the Princess on a Nov. 23-24 overnight trip had a catch highlighted by 79 lingcod. The next two-day trip is scheduled this weekend. The fare for the Saturday-Sunday trip is $235. For reservations, call: 772-1222 or go online to 

Stephen Shaw, Los Angeles, and Casey Jones, Sr., Coalinga, were the jackpot winners on the late November overnighter with lingcod weighing 24 and 18 pounds, respectively.

Other jackpot winners were: Jesse Spencer, San Luis Obispo, 18-0 ling, Simon Smith, Exeter, 10-0 cabezon, Sage Riosas, Santa Maria, 9-0 ling, Todd McGuyer and Alan Demick, both Visalia, and Darren Brumbeck, Seal Beach, all

8-0 lings.

Patriot Sportfishing

Dan Barrios of San Luis Obispo had last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 14-11 lingcod.

Other jackpot winners included Mark Padron, Santa Maria, 14-0 ling, Belinda Cabacangun, Arroyo Grande, 12-0 ling, Efren Garcia, Santa Maria, and Sean Smith, Arroyo Grande, both 10-0 lings, Charles Barrios, San Luis Obispo,

7-0 cabezon, Gebhart Maravillas, Nipomo, 5-0 ling, and Justin Jackson, Grover Beach, 4-0 copper rockfish. 

For reservations, call 595-7200 or go online to 

Port San Luis Boatyard

For the fourth week in a row no fish were weighed hence no “Whopper of the Week.” The Sports Launch was closed on Thanksgiving. Forty-four of last week’s 72 dispatches took place over the weekend. The catch included 54 lingcod, three halibut and 12 white seabass. Full rockcod limits were posted three days and three-quarter limits three days.

Lopez Lake

Redear and bluegill are being caught and some holdover trout.

Lake Nacimiento

Two fishermen who requested privacy both limited on spotted bass Monday. They were using leadhead jigs baited with white grub tails.

Cachuma Lake

Trout were the most active species last week. Trollers were connecting with spoons or with minnow imitations. Shore anglers had the best luck at

E Point using PowerBait and inflated nightcrawlers. Catfish continue to be active. Cut mackerel and packaged dough baits worked the best. Santa Cruz and Cachuma Bays were the best locations. Bass continue to be “on vacation.”