Fishing Report: Bishops post third win of the season

The Bishops, son Darrin and dad Del, posted one of only two limits Saturday in an Angler’s Choice bass tournament at Santa Margarita Lake.  

But, what a difference a change in venue and their big fish made. Since this event was at Santa Margarita Lake after nine competitions at Nacimiento Lake in the current tournament series, bigger fish were available.Darrin Bishop used a 9-inch swimbait to land a 6.43-pound bass from under a tree in the Salinas River. It was the team’s first fish, caught 20 minutes into the competition, and accounted for $1,420 of the team’s $3,815 purse.

The 6-pound progressive option did not come into play in the first two Angler’s Choice events held at Nacimiento Lake where 3.69 and 3.65-pound bass were the biggies.

The Bishops caught eight fish, the majority of them on 6-inch plastic worms. Their catches were made at two small sections of the river.

It was the third straight tournament win for the Bishops. They nabbed titles Jan. 23 and 30 at Pine Flat Lake east of Fresno.

Ten of the 33 teams entered failed to catch a fish on a day “the fish were very inactive,” Darrin Bishop said. Only 51 bass were caught by the 66 participants.

Angler’s Choice, Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings — 1. Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Del Bishop, Templeton, 5, 23.11 pounds, $3,815; 2. Fred and Freddy Ledesma, Soledad, 4, 10.96 pounds, $995; 3. Ton Nieto, Chris Rains, Salinas, 3, 10.59 pounds, $745; 4. Jason Letterman, Salinas, Ken Restani, Carmel Valley, 3, 10.13 pounds, $560; 5. Juan Acosta, Watsonville, Mike Guiterrez, Salinas, 2, 10.11 pounds, $870; 6. Matt Jackson, John Zulic, Visalia, 4, 9.68 pounds, $780; 7. Richard Neal, Jerry Waldrip, Bakersfield, 5, 9.58 pounds, $200; 8, Roger Haas, Morro Bay, Jerry Williams, Porterville, 4, 9.07 pounds; 9.Mike Del Papa, Jim McLaughlin, Bakersfield, 3, 7.97 pounds; 10. Mike Griffith, Atascadero, Pat Motley, Arroyo Grande, 3, 7.90 pounds.1st Big Fish, 6.43 pounds, Bishop & Bishop; 2nd Big Fish, 6.38 pounds, Acosta & Guiterrez; 3rd Big Fish, 6.24 pounds, Letterman & Restani.

Kids at Sea Brunch

The Valentine’s Day event grossed approximately $1,800 with proceeds benefiting the Kids at Sea program and the event’s co-sponsor, Central Coast Women for Fisheries.

The silent auction prize was a saltwater rod and reel donated by Leonard Willhite and John Rowley. Tom and Dory Zwinger of Arroyo Grande won a night at the Embarcadero Inn. The event received widespread community support from local restaurants, businesses and three landings.

Virg’s Landing

Successful Humboldt Squid trips occurred Feb. 12 and 16. Three anglers returned with 40 squid and 13 passengers landed 52 squid on the first and second dates, respectively. A 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. trip is possible Saturday, weather permitting. Fare is $79.

A Sanddab trip also is possible for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a $59 fare.

Call 772-1222 for updates and reservations.

Patriot Sportfishing

Crew members will search for Humboldt squid today.

If successful and the weather permits, a 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip will be offered Saturday. The fare is $66. Call 595-7200 for updates and reservations.

Santa Margarita Lake

In December, Don and Sandra Lopez signed a 5-year contract extension to manage the marina which they began doing May 1, 2005.

“We love it here,” Don Lopez said. The Lopezes are transplanted Los Angeleanos.

An unidentified angler caught an 11-pound, 6-ounce bass Feb.12 at Vaca Flats. Paul LaPointe of Paso Robles trolled a Super Duper near White Oak Flats on Feb. 15 for a 3-pound, 9-ounce trout. The lake’s lone trout plant to date was for 700 pounds Jan. 13.

Lopez Lake

An unidentified angler weighed a 9-pound bass Feb. 12. Recent catches included a 51⁄2-pound bass by Michael Masicampo of San Luis Obispo,  drop shotting on 2-pound test line; 10-year-old Jacob Rancho Luiz of Grover Beach, 4-pound largemouth on a white crappie jig; and Ben Florentino of Arroyo Grande, a 9-pound bass.