Fishing Report: Cal Poly bass team wins tournament

Although a Cal Poly bass team had fished the California Delta only once previously, the duo relied on that experience Saturday to register a victory by besting 39 other collegiate entries.

Sophomore Scott Hellesen, 21, from Whittier and partner Damian Bean, 22, of Oakland were frustrated by the windy conditions and no bites in two hours of fishing.

They directed their volunteer boat owner to make the run to Discovery Bay.

“That’s where I caught our two biggest fish, a 4-pounder and a couple of twos,” saif Bean, a junior forestry and natural resources management major. “The catches came while drop-shotting Margarita Mutilator robo worms.”

Said Hellesen, an environmental management protection major: “It was a long run to Discovery Bay but it was worth it after we had fished a couple of sloughs with little to show for it.”

The team caught seven fish.

“We didn’t know if it would be enough but we were happy with what we caught,” Hellesen said.

The team’s 10-pound, 6-ounce limit was 13 ounces better than the runner-up tandem from Sacramento State.

Earlier, Hellesen and Bean had placed fifth at Shasta Lake and second at Lake Mead. The top five teams at each of the four National Guard FLW College fishing venues will qualify for the western regional championship event at Folsom Lake in October.

The fourth tournament is set for Sept. 25 at Lake Roosevelt, Payson, Ariz.

By winning, Hellesen and Bean earned $5,000 for the university and $5,000 for the Cal Poly Bass Club. Their earlier placings have added $3,500 to the school and club.


Kids At Sea fundraiser

A spaghetti dinner prepared by celebrated chefs Bob and Sylvia Cazier launches Friday’s 6 p.m. fundraiser at the San Luis Yacht Club. Tickets reserved in advance are $12. Call Karen Gruber, president of the Lady Hookers Fishing Club at 748-1964. Tickets at the door are $15. Seating is limited. Door and raffle prizes highlight the evening program.

Open-boat Kids At Sea Trips

Reservations are being taken for the first two noncharter trips, Tuesday and July 20. Call 748-1964.

The bay cruise, ocean fishing and lunch are free for kids. Michele Leary, founded the program, which is funded by donations and grants. Youngsters are introduced to fishing terminology and the history of the seafood industry in the city. Kids are taught boating safety and how to safely handle and bait their tackle. While fishing, they will learn about the varieties of fish they catch.

From its 2007 outset, the program’s goal has been to give as many kids as possible the incredible experience of being on the sea. 

Patriot Sportfishing

Long-range trips from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. are scheduled for Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fare is $75.  Kids 15 and under fish free Wednesdays and Thursdays on half-day trips (7 a.m. to noon). Call 595-7200 for reservations and schedules.

Big fish of the week was an 8-13 lingcod caught by Bakersfield’s Bryson Lockwood. Other jackpot winners were: Jose Valencia, Guadalupe, 5-pound copper; Bill Kramer, Buellton, Brian Dobrana, and Heather Miller, Huntington Beach, all 4-pound coppers; and Steve Skiba, Bakersfield, 3-pound vermillion.

Last week 169 passengers caught 11 lingcod, 432 red rockcod, 284 bolina, 478 assorted rockfish, 41 coppers, and one cabezon.

 Virg’s Landing

Sunday was an awesome day aboard the Princess as the 29 anglers caught 41 lingcod. Morro Bay’s Brian Rowley won the jackpot with a 13-pound, 2-ounce lingcod. The day’s catch also included 120 red rockcod, 60 coppers, 30 bocaccio and 80 assorted rockfish.

For reservations and schedules, call 772-1222.

Last week’s other jackpot winners included: Lewis Wiggins, Bakersfield, 10-pound lingcod; Sean Mullary, Bryon Lockwood and David Kelly, all from Bakersfield and all with 6-pound red rockcod; Randy Walters, San Miguel, Jake Cape, Clovis, and Tori Blair, Bakersfield, all 5-pound lingcod.

The catch by 265 passengers included: 52 lingcod, 591 red rockcod, 803 assorted rockfish, 36 bocaccio, 234 coppers, 2 cabezon, 2 rock sole, and 2 sanddabs.

 Lopez Lake

There hasn’t been a trout plant at the lake in more than a year but, suddenly, trout are being caught. Marina manager Jerry Weatherly can’t figure out why. Eye witnesses reported the Sunday catch of a pair of rainbows said to be “at least 24 inches long.”

That angler had a five-fish limit caught at the juncture of Cottonwood Cove and the Wittenberg Arm. One trout had a tag from a previous Trout Derby. Two 12-inch trout also were caught last week. The trout spree began three weeks ago with the catch of an 8-inch rainbow was reported.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Six-year-old Marcos James Trejo of Grover Beach earned “Whopper-of-the-Week” honors with the catch of a 71⁄2-pound lingcod June 13. The boy’s proud father, Mark, said his son did indeed make the catch by himself.

Fifty-three boats were dispatched last week. The week’s catch included 25 lingcods and one halibut. The best fishing of the week occurred on the weekend when three quarter to full limits were logged.

Lintner on the bubble

Heading into the final regular season Bassmaster Elite tournament, Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner is on the bubble insofar as qualifying for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic. Unsafe conditions on the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla., caused event No. 8 scheduled for today to be moved to Fort Gibson Lake.

Lintner’s 1,318 points rank 39th in the Angler of the Year standings. He’s 36 points behind Kelly Jordon in 37th position. The top 37 after the Oklahoma event qualify for the Classic. But with 320 points going to a wire-to-wire winner, almost anything could happen. In Elite winnings, Lintner is tied for 56th place at $31,500.  

Central Coast Sportfishing

An 11-pound lingcod caught by Ells Warner of Paso Robles was the week’s big fish. Morro Bay’s Bob Gooses had a 5-pound, 2-ounce lingcod.

The catch for 36 passengers included 12 lingcod, 158 red rockcod, 23 coppers, 3 sanddabs, one rock sole and one yellowtail rockfish. Eighteen passengers on a June 15 Kids trip caught 54 assorted rockfish.

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

Cachuma Lake

Marina manager Ken Hemer reports: “Crawdad-colored crankbaits, Texas-rigged plastics, brown or green jigs and nightcrawlers are working for large and smallmouth bass. “ White and black crappie jigs with nibbles or crawlers are catching crappie.

Packaged dough baits, mackerel or crawlers are working for catfish in the backs of coves. Trout trollers are paying out three to four colors of lead core line with flashers or nightcrawlers. Either red or meal worms are attracting bluegill.

Lake San Antonio

Anglers prospecting for stripers were encouraged by a shad boil Tuesday. The marina’s Erik Peterson said the boil occurred 50 to 100 feet off shore near Half Moon Bay.  Concentrations of shad are in Harris Creek, and Half Moon Bay, where anglers are net-dipping them for striper bait.

 Santa Margarita Lake

Marina operator Don Lopez says bass and crappie fishing has been “decent” and some bluegill and redear are beginning to show up.

 Nacimiento Lake

“Fishing action has been modest, not wide open, and we’re not seeing the whites boiling. The wind has been blowing,” Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal said.

Greg Hanley of Paso Robles caught a 3-pound white bass and spots on offerings of white grubs retrieved slowly.

Whale Rock

For only the second week since the season opened April 24, no trout were caught. In the 38 days the reservoir has been open for fishing, 11 trout have been caught. Last week’s 10 anglers boosted the season’s total to 137.