Fishing Report: New bait pays off for novice anglers

A bait new on the market worked to the tune of $1,205 for the Barrios brothers Saturday in a Tri Valley Club tournament at Nacimiento Lake.

Shaky Fins Shad, a lure designed by Scott Garman of Morro Bay and endorsed by Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner, enticed a 5.75-pound largemouth that anchored the team’s winning limit.

Dan Barrios of San Luis Obispo caught the big fish “only 20 or 30 feet away from where I saw 4- and 5-pound fish on beds two weeks ago.” Dan Barrios, 51, who is only four years into competitive bass fishing, is trying to mentor his younger brother, Dave, 46, who has been away from the sport for more than 20 years.

“We each lost six or seven fish and caught a total of nine fish,” Dan Barrios said. “We were able to cull only one fish en route to our six-fish, 14.52-pound limit. That’s big for Nacimiento.”

The duo caught fish on jerk baits and by drop shotting plastic worms, as well as with the new bait. Their margin of victory over Tri Valley newcomers Frank Michaud and John Signorelli was 4.14 pounds.

Twenty-three of the 39 teams entered had six-fish limits. Eleven teams did not weigh fish.

Tri Valley Top 10, all 6-fish limits, Weight Winnings1. Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Dave Barrios, Arroyo Grande, 14.52 pounds, $1205; 2. Frank Michaud, John Signorelli, 10.38 pounds, $360; 3. Felix Camacho, Nipomo, Ken Camacho, Santa Maria, 9.84 pounds, $290; 4. Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, Phil Infante, Long Beach, 9.44 pounds, $160; 5. Damon & Ken Meeks, Atascadero, 9.15 pounds, $130; 6. Mike Wiseman, Dustin Bowlin, Nipomo, 8.91 pounds, $75; 7. Jeff Hodges, Arroyo Grande, Corey Schmidt, Oceano, 8.82 pounds; 8. Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, Graham Grove, Atascadero, 8.80 pounds; 9. Joey Podsednik, Travis Stahl, Nipomo, 8.76 pounds; 10. Shawn Wilson, Mark Gomes, Paso Robles, 8.69 pounds; 1st Big Fish---5.75 pounds, Barrios & Barrios, $265; 2nd Big Fish---3.56 pounds, Jeff Rose, Rich Zeilenga, Oceano, $120.


Bassmaster Elite

Today, Lintner, an Arroyo Grande resident, begins competition in event No. 6 at Clarks Hill Lake, Evans, Ga.

Lintner has finished in the money in all three of his previous competitions at this site. In his rookie year of 2006, he registered the first of his total of five top-10 finishes. He placed seventh in 2006, 16th in 2007 and tied for 22nd in 2008. His three checks totaled $35,750.

Currently, Lintner is tied with Kevin VanDam in 21st place in the Angler-of-the-Year standings. If he can finish in the top 36 at season’s end, he would qualify for the prestigious Bassmaster Classic, an event he qualified for in 2007 and 2008, placing 19th and 20th, respectively.

The fifth-year pro is tied for 39th place with purses totaling $31,500 through five tourneys.

Only 25 of the 93 Elite anglers have earned $40,000 or more — that’s the entry fee total for the season.

Nacimiento Lake

A qualifying local tournament in the first-year California Bass Championship series is scheduled for Friday, May 28. Pre-registration is required.

It’s a boater-only event— one person per boat. A top-10 finish will qualify anglers for the Region 2 tournament at Lopez Lake on July 9. Only the top 10 will qualify for the state championship event at Clear Lake. For more information go to www.californiabasschampionship.com.

White bass are active in Dip Creek and along shorelines under rocky cliffs. Roostertails and shiny lures are attracting fish, marina staffer Patience Keser said.

Virg’s LandingLast week’s jackpot winners included: Ben Hernandez, Lompoc, 11 1/2-pound lingcod; Brian Wells, Manteca, 8-pound lingcod; David Levalley, Bakersfield, 7-pound lingcod; Brian Reek, 5-pound vermillion; Michael Hood, Los Osos, Chris Mankin, Sunnyside, both 5-pound coppers; and Sue Walker, Morro Bay, 5-pound lingcod.

Last week, 184 passengers caught 17 lingcod, 794 red rockcod, 1,317 assorted rockfish, 85 bocaccio, 142 copper, and one rock sole.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 772-1222.

Patriot Sportfishing

Raul Espinoza of Visalia had the big fish of the week, a 12-pound, 2-ounce lingcod. Other jackpot winners included: Arnold Luisi, Arroyo Grande, 11-pound cabezon; Brent Wood, Grover Beach, Fabian Bonilla, Santa Maria, and Chuck Church, Hanford, all 9-pound lingcod; Bill McLard, California City, and John Caweleti, Wofford Heights, both 5-pound vermillion.

On half-day trips Wednesdays and Thursdays, children 12 and under fish free when accompanied by an adult who purchases a ticket. For schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.

Central Coast Sportfishing

Michael Chaves of Tulare and Christopher Glenn of Bakersfield were jackpot winners last week with a 7-pound red rockcod and a 3 1/2-pound red, respectively. Forty-three anglers caught 198 red rockcod and 184 assorted rockfish.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 772-3474 or 704-2084.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Mark Trejo of Grover Beach earned Whopper of the Week honors with the catch of a 14.5-pound lingcod Sunday. Seventy-three boats were launched last week. The catch featured 55 lingcod, four halibut and one salmon. Three-quarter to full limits were logged Friday through Sunday.

Santa Margarita Lake

A 10.82-pound bass was caught by Santa Maria’s Ron Reccord on a creature bait May 12.

Lopez Lake

Fishing in Cottonwood Cove, shore fisherman Steve LaBuff of Los Osos caught a 2-pound largemouth Sunday and 31⁄2- and 21⁄4-pound largemouth Monday. Catches were made with nightcrawlers.

Lake San Antonio

Stripers are chasing shad. Trollers are connecting in Harris Creek, Three Fingers and Bee Rock Coves plus the openings of bays, marina staffer Nick Pena said. Catfish are in the shallows munching shad.

Cachuma Lake

The lake’s marina will reopen Memorial Day weekend for the first since October 2009.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded the contract to operate Cachuma Lake’s marina, boat rentals and moorings. Pyramid Enterprises, headquartered at Valencia was the successful bidder.

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, The Cachuma Nature Center will host a free presentation by Saving Wildlife International. Experts will show off animals at close range and explain their habits and habitats.

Whale Rock

Gary Collier used PowerBait to catch a 16-inch trout Friday. It was the only catch by a turnout of 25 anglers. The reservoir is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.