Patriot Sportfishing and Virg’s Landing are offering ocean vantage points to view Saturday’s Fourth of July fireworks displays in Pismo Beach and Cayucos.
It’s an opportunity to experience an unobstructed view of the pyrotechnics and avoid the traffic jams at both sites.
The Patriot Sportfishing vessel will leave Avila Beach at 7:30 p.m., returning at approximately 10:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for children 15 and younger. Call 595-7200 for more details.
The Princess and the Fiesta will depart from Morro Bay at 7 p.m. and return by approximately 10 p.m. Virg’s fares are $39 for adults and $29 for children 15 younger. For more information, call 772-1222.
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Morro Bay Landing
Brad Leage had a big week piloting his boat Endeavor out of Morro Bay Landing. His patrons caught 245 lingcod. Twenty-eight passengers had full lingcod limits (84) on June 24. Anglers had a similar experience Sunday. Ninety lingcod were brought on board by the 30 passengers.
Expanding the lingcod limit from two per person to three by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife this year has made a huge difference in the 2015 lingcod harvest.
The 174 passengers who boarded the Endeavor last week went home with an abundance of lingcod fillets.
Coalinga’s Toni Rees had the big lingcod of the week, a 21-pounder Sunday. David Salceda of Vandenberg and Ryan Hopper of Ivanhoe both had 15-pound lings. Dave Gouveia of Arroyo Grande was a jackpot winner with an 11-pound ling, while Visalia anglers Rick Warren and Alfred Gomez had 8- and 7-pound lings, respectively.
The week’s fish count included 481 red rockcod, 1,313 assorted rockfish, six cabezon and two bocaccio.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.
Marina manager Bruce Harwood noted improved fishing last week especially for lingcod.
“Windy conditions subsided resulting in better drifts and more comfortable fishing,” Harwood said. “The hot baits have been whole squid, seven- and nine-inch swimbaits, and eight- and 10-ounce hammered chrome Papa’s jigs. We just got in some jigs with copper plating. I expect them to be productive also.”
The 12th angler to qualify for the end-of-the-year John Rowley Lingcod Challenge was Barry Adams of Murrietta. His 16-pounder aboard the Princess on June 19 was the heaviest of the week to punch his ticket to the Rowley tourney.
Other jackpot winners, all with lings, were: William Both, Ontario, 15-7 pounds, Patrick Pardue, Houston, Texas, 15-3, Rich Badella, Madera, 14-8, Tom Reymer, Henderson, Nev., 14-0, Jessica Lemmins, Tupman, 13-0, Cory Arthurs, Fresno, 10-0, and Justen Wiggins, Cayucos, 8-0.
The fish count for 482 anglers last week was 336 lingcod, 956 red rockcod, 1,991 assorted rockfish, 221 coppers, 51 cabezon, two rock sole, and one kelp greenling.
For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.virgslanding.com or call 772-1222.
Port San Luis Boatyard
The best lingcod count of the season occurred Saturday when fishermen aboard 50 launched boats brought back 70 lingcod. The previous best day was April 11 when the occupants of 40 dispatched boats brought back 56 lings.
Last week’s lingcod count of 176 by anglers aboard 145 vessels was a season’s high, but barely. The last week of May (25-31), the ling haul was 170 fish from 194 dispatched craft.
Sixteen salmon were weighed with the 22.3-pound fish brought in by Corey Bremer of Creston on June 22 capturing Whopper of the Week honors.
Full rockcod limits were recorded five days with three-quarter limits June 22 and half limits June 24.
Although 1,437 fish were caught last week by 217 patrons, there were no journeys to Pt. Sal or Pt. Purisma, both lingcod havens.
The ling harvest was the smallest of the year (42 total) with none heavier than 10 pounds.
The 10-pound club included Mike Avila, Arroyo Grande, Mark Wood, Morro Bay, Dan Bertolucci and Mark Grady, both of Bakersfield, and Jason Duty of Susanville. Bethany Linder of Taft had an 8-pound ling, and Stephen Radish of Camarillo won a jackpot with a 4-pound vermillion.
The week’s fish count included 305 red rockcod, 1,098 assorted rockfish, 43 coppers, six bolina and two cabezon and a like number of rock sole.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200 or go to www.patriotsport fishing.com.
Whale Rock Once again no fish were caught. That makes it seven weeks in a row. Six anglers unsuccessfully tried their luck last week. For the season, the turnout has been 132 fishermen and one fish caught. It was landed May 9 by Jeremy Harkins. The facility is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.
“Fishing was slow last week but it’s picking up,” Dave Rymal reports from Heritage Ranch. “(Tuesday) morning Martin Rowley trolled until he located white bass then he jigged for 30 fish.”
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “Bass fishing has been fair early using topwater baits and Senkos fished along weed lines. Jigs, chatterbaits and spinnerbaits have been producing during mid-day hours. Bluegill and redear are biting on red worms fished in grassy shallows all over the lake. Crappie activity has slowed. Smaller fish are still being caught around rocky outcroppings. Catfish continue to be catchable in the White Oak area using cut mackerel or packaged dough baits.”
The marina’s T.J. Bright reports: “Trout have been especially active by the dam. Jigging Kastmasters and Rapalas has been productive. Crappie and bluegill are being taken at the F dock with red worms, meal worms or jigs.”
“Worms and bloody stink baits are effective presentations for catfish and more catfish,” marina manager Cody Uhrig said. “These baits are working in Clark Canyon and for shore fishermen. Trout action has perked up by floating PowerBait off E Point and the mouth of Drake Cove but nightcrawlers and Kastmasters have been more productive. Bass hit hard all last week, especially in Cachuma Bay and along banks at the east end of the lake.”