Driving a new truck and pulling a new boat, Jared Lintner was headed for Virginia on Wednesday bound for the third tournament on the Bassmaster Elite schedule.
Lintner is being accompanied by his wife, Keri, and 2-year-old son Jayden.
It’s been a harried several weeks for the fifth-year Elite tournament pro. He was leaving The Delta en route to Clear Lake when a speeding motorist crashed into his rig, sending it into a 360-degree spin. His truck, boat and trailer were totaled.
Although he had to fish from a borrowed boat and a smattering of equipment — some of it loaned to him by fellow anglers — Lintner placed 10th at Clear Lake.
Currently, he is tied for 26th in the standings with 415 points.
Lintner, the Arroyo Grande pro, was approaching Thousand Oaks when I reached his wife on her cell phone. She said that Jared was driving a Ford F250 truck and tailoring his new 2010 Skeeter FX bass boat. They also have a new camper shell, which will serve the family as a home away from home for the next several competitions.
Lintner also has a supply of Shaky Fins Shad swimbaits. The pro worked with Morro Bay’s Scott Garman in designing the bait, which is to be made available to the public soon.
Three days of practice for tournament No. 3 begins Monday for at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta, Va. Competition will be April 15-18.
The Central Coast Women for Fisheries will hold a benefit rummage sale Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Morro Bay Power Plant parking lot on the Embarcadero. Boating equipment in addition to household items will be sold to benefit The Fisherman’s Memorial Statue Fund.
Cachuma Trout Derby
The 15th-annual Trout Derby is scheduled for April 17-18. The lake has had 16,000 pounds of trout planted this season and an additional 4,000 pounds will be planted prior to the derby including 250 tagged trout.
The highest tagged trout caught pays $2,000. The longest trout is worth $1,000. A $550 award goes to the second-highest numbered tagged fish and $300 for the third-highest tag number. The second- longest trout will be worth $500. Multiple merchandise products also will be awarded.
The entry fee is $35 for those 11 and older and $10 for those under 11.
The event begins at 6 a.m. Saturday and concludes at noon Sunday. To reserve a rental boat, call 686-5051The Derby is a major fundraiser for the Cachuma Lake Nature Center.
Twenty-four boats were dispatched Saturday and two salmon were caught by Gary Hudgins. His fish were not weighed; however, his 28 1/2-inch fish was judged the “Whopper-of-the-Week.” One fish was caught Sunday when four boats were launched. One boat was launched Tuesday and eight Wednesday. No salmon were reported. Monterey salmon
Jim Nielsen had his boat “Death Wish” here Tuesday and Wednesday. Sal Rocha, Dustin Selck and Joe Kucera were aboard Tuesday when six salmon were caught. On Wednesday, Kucera returned to the Central Coast to pilot the Patriot. The other three fishermen caught six salmon Wednesday.
On Wednesday, 11 anglers aboard the Patriot caught no salmon. The landing has a salmon charter Saturday and an open boat Sunday. The fare for the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip is $80. Sixteen fishermen were blanked during Saturday’s opener.
For reservations and more information, call 595-7200.
Saturday’s salmon trip is booked solid, but there are openings for Sunday. Capacity for salmon trips is 15 anglers.
Last weekend, 15 anglers were blanked each day. A crew trip Saturday with five on board caught one 10-pound fish.
Salmon trips are from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fare is $89. Call 772-1222 for reservations and more information.
W.O.N. Bass Pro-Am
Seven Central Coast anglers were among the 45 pro and 45 AAA (amateur) anglers who battled snow, hail and cold weather at Lake Shasta on Friday and Saturday.
Pro placings were: 25. Gene Gray, Atascadero, 10 fish, 16.05 pounds; 29. Shawn Lee, Arroyo Grande, 10, 15.40 pounds; 32, Neal Franklin, Atascadero, 10, 15.20 pounds; 44. Rudy Rowlett, Paso Robles, 5, 8.54 pounds.AAA placings: 16. Clay Gates, Paso Robles, 9, 16.84 pounds; 37. Joey Davis, Atascadero, 10, 14.92 pounds; 45. Ken Whalen, Lompoc, 5, 7.97 pounds.
Excellent white bass fishing continues, Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal said.
Four residents fishing from shore caught 150 whites (there are no limits) Friday night. They were armed with white and yellow Roostertails and Kastmasters. Fish were in the 2-pound range. Rymal was fishing with three of his buddies at a different location and using live shad for bait caught whites up to five pounds. A San Joaquin Valley angler told Rymal it took him a while to find the whites but he experienced non-stop catches of whites for 45 minutes over the weekend.
Lake San Antonio
Shad were on the surface over the weekend in Harris Creek and Bee Rock Cove and that’s where numerous stripers to nine pounds were caught, marina staff Nick Pena said. After the recent rain the shad have dropped down to 30 feet, Pena said.
Bakersfield’s Anthony Chaiaria caught a 21⁄2-pound largemouth and a 11⁄2-pound smallmouth in Cottonwood Cove using spinnerbaits. Stephen Nolan, Grover Beach, landed a 31⁄2-pound largemouth Tuesday. He was fishing from the marina point.
Santa Margarita Lake
“We are seeing mostly bass with a few crappie and some bluegill,” marina spokesperson Sandra Lopez said.