Fishing: Early return of albacore

Albacore have shown up off the Central Coast, and the longfins were caught Tuesday both by anglers on the Pacific Horizon out of Patriot Sportfishing and by fishermen aboard a private boat.

Early arrivals of tuna off the coast sometimes portend a long, prosperous albacore season. The operative word is sometimes.

Skipper Dustin Selck piloted the Pacific Horizon 50 miles offshore for Patriot Sportfishing’s first rendezvous with albacore. Connections with the tuna were made near the Donut, a location familiar to local tuna fishermen.

The 11 anglers on board caught 18 ranging in weight from 18 to 29 pounds.

Ten of the longfins were brought on board by 10 a.m.

Jerry Reynolds of Cambria had the jackpot tuna, a 29-pounder.

First catches of tuna traditionally trigger a plethora of activity. News of the catches and the fact that Deke Wells, who pilots the bait boat out of Port San Luis, has 4-to 5-inch live baitfish undoubtedly will seal the deal.

But, the forecast of windy weather today through Sunday could put a temporary damper on albacore fishing.

The Pacific Horizon went on another tuna run Tuesday night. The next scheduled run is Monday night for fishing Tuesday. The fare is $225. Call 595-7200 for reservations and more information.

Lintner looking for a turn of luck this year

Erasing the memory of his worst outing on the Bass-master Elite Tour is foremost in Jared Lintner’s mind as he begins his second opportunity to figure out Grand Lake in Grove, Okla.

Each year the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation ranks Grand Lake among the state’s best in terms of productivity.

The Arroyo Grande pro found Grand Lake to be anything but productive during his visit there in 2006. It was the sixth stop on the schedule, and Lintner was on a roll after qualifying for the finals at Clarks Hill Reservoir in Georgia. He had placed seventh there and earned his biggest check of his rookie Elite pro campaign, $15,000.

At Grand Lake, though, he caught only three fish (6 pounds, 12 ounces) on the first day. He managed a limit on the second day, but his two-day total of 18 pounds, 10 ounces relegated him to 82nd place in a field of 106 anglers.

“Last year, I had a horrible tournament and I was prepared to fish outside the way it was won last year,” Lintner said. “But that’s out now because the lake is way over pool and the water is muddy. I’ve changed my game plan. I’ll be flipping and pitching in shallow water around bushes. I’ll be fishing a lot of different areas and hopefully I’ll come across some decent-sized bass.”

In the first six tournaments on the 2007 schedule, Lintner has earned $70,250 (eighth place) and has fished no worse than 35th place.

Lintner has 1,441 points and is in third place in the angler of the year standings.


Patriot Sportfishing

On Saturday, Mike Lampman of Lemon Grove harvested the largest lingcod caught aboard a Patriot Sportfishing boat in five years. The ling weighed 28 pounds, 2 ounces.

It bested the 25-13 ling that won the 2006 two-month long Lingcod Derby for Atascadero’s Rick Inman.

Lampman’s catch catapulted him into the lead in Patriot’s month-long 2007 Lingcod Derby. The winner will pocket $500.

Tickets to view the Pismo Beach Fourth of July fireworks from the ocean vantage point are on sale at the marina. Tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Reservations are required. Call 595-7200. Refreshments will be sold on board the Patriot boats that have scheduled departures at 7 p.m.

Last week, 278 passengers caught 2,486 fish: 1,392 assorted rockcod, 787 red rockcod, 19 lingcod, 245 bolina, four cabezon and 39 bocaccio.

Jackpot winners in addition to Lampman were: Chuck Williams, Santa Maria, 10-pound lingcod; Lewis Jonah, Santa Maria, 7-pound red rockcod; Ron Munson, Visalia, 6-pound lingcod; Manuel Lemo, Pismo Beach, 6-pound bocaccio; Andrew Torrez, Fresno, 6-pound red rockcod; Anthony Sherman, Santa Maria, 5-pound, 6-ounce red rockcod; Jose Ramirez, Coalinga, 5-pound bocaccio; and Rissell Edwards, Bakersfield, 4-pound olive rockcod. Virg’s Landing, Morro Bay

Virg’s will offer front seat ocean viewing of the Cayucos Fourth of July fireworks. Fares are $35 for adults and $25 for children under 16. For reservations, call 772-1222. Boats will depart at 7:30 p.m. and return around 10:30. Passengers should be checked in by 6:30.

Jo Ohn took jackpot honors on the first day of last weekend’s overnight trip. She caught an 11-pound lingcod.

The 444 passengers on fishing trips last week caught nine lingcod, 1,453 red rockcod and 3,002 assorted rockfish.

Other jackpot winners included: Joe King, Atascadero, 9-pound lingcod, Fernando Salazar, Atascadero, 8-pound red rockcod; Bruce Oddo, San Luis Obispo, Mario Dinora, Visalia, Fidel Virtec, Visalia, Ross Shogren, Atascadero, and Roger Parks, Bakersfield, all 7-pound red rockcod; Charles Brown, Maryland, and Dustin Nesmeth, Shell Beach, both 6-pound red rockcod; and Mike Bryant, Reno, Nev., 5-pound red rockcod. Port Side Marine

Anglers aboard the 69 boats launched at the Sports Launch last week caught 17 lingcod and nine halibut.

Full limits were recorded two days last week. Three-quarter to full limits were registered three days. Three quarter limits and half limits were logged one day each. Lake San Antonio

Stripers are being caught in coves all over the lake, marina spokesman Terry Florek said.

Anchovies are the bait of choice. The best time to seek the linesiders is between 5 and 7 a.m. and in the evening from 8 until 11.

Bass catches are being made in Harris Creek on Roboworms and anchovies.

Some shad boils have been reported. Lopez Lake

Cody Meeks, 13, of Arroyo Grande caught four bass Sunday. Fish weighing 31/2 and 3 pounds anchored his 10-pound bag. His catches were made with crankbaits in the Lopez Arm.

Marina manager Jerry Weatherly said the crappie bite is improving. Fish in the 11/2-pound size are being brought in.

There are a lot of catfish anglers, but results are not being reported.

The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will present the Campfire Show at the Nature Center beginning at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

A guided Kayak tour of the lake’s Arroyo Grande Arm is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Bring a kayak or rent one. Santa Margarita Lake

Atascadero’s Jim Robinett reeled in a 15-13 blue catfish June 16. He was fishing by the dam with a night crawler.

Marina manager Don Lopez says there is a decent bite for catfish, bass, bluegill and redear. A few crappie also are being caught. Nacimiento Lake

Rat-L-Traps, tube worms, plastics and orange, yellow or chartreuse presentations are working for spotted bass, marina spokesman Warren Field reports. The Narrows is a productive location.

The staff has seen small shad early in the morning around the marina in shaded areas. Cachuma Lake Marina spokesman Travis Meyer says the recent hot weather has curtailed trout catches.

Bass are being caught in 15 to 30 feet of water. He had no reports on other species. Whale Rock Reservoir

Nine anglers showed up last week and caught two trout. Todd Hood used salmon eggs to entice a 12-inch trout while Dan Esquibel reeled in a 15-inch rainbow on PowerBait.

The reservoir is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Camp Roberts Fishing

Twenty-seven trout were caught June 16. The turnout included 44 adults, one junior and five guests.

Sunday’s catch by 24 adults, nine juniors and six guests was 47 trout. The base is open weekends for fishing.