Fishing Report: Bishops win W.O.N. Tri States title

Yet another title was recently won by the Bishops — son Darrin and father Del.

The Bishops went to Clear Lake as the 2009 champions of W.O.N. Bass’s Central Coast Region. They returned to the North County as winners of W.O.N. Bass Tri States title, an honor that included a certificate for a 2110 Nitro Z7 bass boat, a Mercury 175 Pro XS motor — a package valued at $30,000.

Del caught the team’s two “kicker” fish, a 7.60-pounder Friday and a 6.57-pounder Saturday. They were the difference makers in an extremely tightly bunched leaderboard. The Bishops nabbed the title by 0.67 pounds. Four teams had 44-plus pounds and nine others posted two-day weights of more than 40 pounds.

“We approached this event differently,” Darrin Bishop said. “We had four- plus days of practice and had some success at offshore rock piles and weed beds. The top-water bite lasted only a short time early in the day.

“We had some good fortune, too. When I netted dad’s big fish on Friday it came unbuttoned in the net. There was more pressure fishing on Saturday and the fish were smaller. We had only 11 pounds by 10 o’clock. The weed beds yielded no bites. We moved to a lake bank where we had caught 3-pound fish in practice. Dad caught his big fish (6.57 pounds) on a Senko.

“When we moved to a shaded area with a weed bed between four or five docks, we hit it big. I caught a 5½-, 4- and 3-pounder. We hadn’t fished this area in practice.”

The Bishops, Darrin, 38, and Del, 68 from Templeton, were shocked that they won the tournament that attracted 108 teams.

“When we weighed in Saturday, two teams had already weighed 44-pound sacks for the two days and there were 60 more teams waiting to come to the scales.

The Bishops’ winning weight was 44.93 pounds.

“Dad was awesome in this competition,” Darrin Bishop said. WON Bass Top 10 Final Standing, (Day 1 Rank), All 10 Fish, Weight, Winnings — 1. (5) Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Del Bishop, Templeton, 44.93 pounds, $30,000; 2. (1) Armando & Edward Luzuriaga, Morgan Hill, 44.36 pounds, $6,070; 3. (9) Jared Lintner, Arroyo Grande, Nick Salvucci, San Miguel, 44.04 pounds $2,000; 4. (3) Sam James, Tom Nieto, Salinas, 44.00 pounds, $1,950; 5. (2) Brian & Paul Bailey, Willits, 43.62 pounds, $3,154; 6. (8) John White, San Luis Obispo, Bobby Doss, Santa Maria, 42.28 pounds, $1,757; 7. (56) Huey Burnett, Jeff Kincannon, Red Bluff, 41.81 pounds, $3,970; 8. (28) Steve Tosh, Modesto, Ben Hetrick, Turlock, 41.33 pounds, $15,75; 9. (18) Jay Bryant, Sacramento, Kevin Marchesi, Healdsburg, 41.28 pounds, $1,370; 10. (21) Jason Horton, Ceres, Jim Crone, Turlock, 41.04 pounds, $550.Big Fish, Day 1, Luzuriaga & Luzuriaga 8.78 pounds, $1,200; Day 2, 8.25 pounds, Burnett & Kincannon, $1,200. Other Area Team Placings — 18 (28) Dusty Kahler, Atascadero, Sam Sawdey, Paso Robles, 10, 38.17 pounds; 34. (77) Bryan Berti, Lee Maddux, Paso Robles, 10, 36.27 pounds; 45. (41) Louis Fernandes, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 10, 34.51 pounds; 48 (45) Mike Griffith, Atascadero, Pat Motley, Arroyo Grande, 10, 34.09 pounds; 49 (7) Todd Livermore, Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, 9, 34.08 pounds; 66. (23) Josh Brard, Damon Meeks, Atascadero, 10, 31.78 pounds; 82. (87) Roger Haas, Morro Bay, Jerry Williams, Porterville, 10, 28.69 pounds; 85. (99) Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Casey Langley, Arroyo Grande, 10, 27.13 pounds.

————Albacore catches

In all probability, private boaters pursuing albacore will have to deal with sloppy conditions this weekend, according to the mid-afternoon weather conditions monitored by Harrell Kimball.

He noted that he would have a better read when he views the latest models late Wednesday night.

Fifteen-knot winds with 4- to 6-foot swells some at short intervals is forecast for the weekend.

Kimball estimated that 300 to 400 albacore were caught by private boaters in the past week. Catches are being made as close as 30 miles offshore.

The catch of two yellowtail was reported by Robert Grillo.

Central Coast Sportfishing

Michele Leary said 26 albacore were caught on the maiden tuna trip Tuesday aboard the Rita G.

“We had an afternoon bite and caught albacore on the way back from 40 miles out to 34 miles from port,” Leary said. There were 15 anglers aboard.

There are no bunks onboard the Rita G. The next albacore run leaves at 4 a.m. today with return by 8 p.m. Fare for the 16-hour trips is $190. For schedules, check www.centralcoastsportfishing.com 

The next tuna trip will depart at 4 a.m. Oct. 1.

On a Sept. 21 rockcod trip, seven anglers caught 49 assorted rockfish, 14 copper rockfish, 7 red rockcod and 11 sanddabs. Charles Villafana of Huntington Beach was the jackpot winner with a 4-pound copper. Port San Luis Boatyard

Atascadero’s Greg Malik is at it again. He captured Whopper of the Week honors with a catch of a 35-pound white seabass Sunday. He was fishing 13 miles out of Port San Luis with Bob Hardy and Paul Langley. Malik placed second overall, and Hardy third overall in the July Halibut Derby.

Eight boats were dispatched Saturday. Anglers aboard returned with 143 albacore.

Jim Nielsen, his wife, Debbie Wood, and Dustin Selck aboard “The Death Wish” accounted for 34 of the tuna. They fished “The Donut” for fish to 20 pounds. The average size was 12 to 16 pounds.

Eighteen tuna were caught by anglers aboard three private boats Tuesday and 29 albacore and two skipjack were harvested Tuesday from three boats.

Virg’s Landing

Albacore trips are planned daily with departures at 11 p.m. for fishing the next day. The fare is $235 for boat, bait, bunk and crew. The Pacific Queen was scheduled to arrive from Southern California on Wednesday night. It will augment Virg’s tuna vessels, The Admiral and Princess.

On Virg’s past five tuna trips through Monday, 181 tuna and four skipjack were caught.

The best trips were Friday when 34 anglers reeled in 68, and Saturday when 25 people bagged 66.

Jackpot winners included Daniel Medrano, Ventura, 42-pound bluefin tuna, Dan Holtzman, Atascadero, 28-pound albacore, Mike Jaca, Santa Barbara, 16-pound albie, and Evan Beckett, Morro Bay, 28-pound albacore.

Rockcod jackpot winners were: Hon Kim, Los Angeles, 14-pound lingcod, Sal Ortiz, Porterville, William Bolincue, Bakersfield, both 8-pounds lings, Gary Brazil, Hanford, 6-pound ling, Joe Newsome, Porterville, 6-pound red rockcod and Douglas Adams, Atascadero, 6-pound red.

Patriot Sportfishing

The first albacore trip of the season will depart at 11 p.m. Sunday for fishing Monday. The fare is $235. Call 595-7200 for reservations and more information.

Last week, 195 passengers caught 25 lingcod, 88 red rockcod, 544 assorted rockfish, 636 bolina and 13 cabezon.Jackpot winners included: Sean Bernardo, Morro Bay, 19-9 lingcod, Jason Luker, Bakersfield, 10-pound ling, Scott Doudy, Pismo Beach, 8-pound ling, Brett Simmonds, Porterville, 6-5 ling, Todd Gorman, Bakersfield, 6-pound ling, and Bobby Nelson, Poway, 5-pound vermillion.

 Santa Margarita Lake

Mark Scribner of Pismo Beach caught a 23-pound, 13-ounce catfish Saturday while fishing across from White Oak area. The whiskerfish bit on a tube bait.

Catfish also are being caught in The Narrows.

 Lopez Lake

After a six-week absence, bigger crappie — 2 to 21⁄2 pounds — are starting to bite.

Santa Maria’s Gabriel Burns caught a 4-pound smallmouth on a red worm in Cottonwood Cove. Fishing under the bridge, Gary Sewell of Santa Maria caught a 5-pound largemouth. Lane Barba of Taft landed a 31⁄2-pound largemouth on a Bumble Bee lure.

Whale Rock

No trout were caught for the sixth consecutive week. The reservoir has been open for fishing for 22 weeks. Anglers have been blanked 14 of those open periods. One angler showed up last week.