Lintner still has a slim shot at Bassmaster Classic

Although Jared Lintner missed qualifying for the prestigious 2011 Bassmaster Classic last week, the entry door remains ajar. However, the Bassmaster Elite pro from Arroyo Grande will be sitting on “the bubble” until October.

Insofar as the Classic is concerned, Lintner’s fate is no longer in his hands. He needs help from fellow Elite anglers.

Thirty-seven of them have already qualified via placing from 1 to 37 in the 2010 Elite Angler of the Year final standings. Linter finished 38th. He accumulated 1,513 points which was 12 points out of the coveted 37th place.

In order for the 36-year-old Lintner to gain entry into the Classic, one of the Elite anglers who finished ahead of him in the standings would need to finish high in one of a few remaining regional opens.

Classic berths are afforded anglers who finish first or second in the Central, Southern or Northern Opens.

Each series includes three events. One event remains in the Central and Southern series. It’s not a possibility in the Central but there are three possibilities in the Southern.

Currently, Bobby Lane ranks second, just four points out of first. Terry Scroggins is 8th, 69 points off the pace, and Derek Remitz is 16th — some 126 points behind the leader.

Southern Open No. 3 will be Oct. 7-9 at Lake Seminole in Georgia. The same scoring system applies to the Opens as the Elite series which means 200 to 300 points are possible depending on placings.

The Northern series is an unknown quantity since none of the competitions have been held.

If one of the top 37 from the Angler of the Year standings also qualifies by winning an open, Lintner is the first alternate. Mark Hinson and his father-in-law, Stan Sherwin, was the only team to log a limit in winning the season’s final W.O.N. Bass Central Coast tournament June 19 at Santa Margarita Lake. The victors pocketed a winners’ check of $1,380 for their15.85 bag weight. W.O.N. Bass Top 10, No. Fish, Wt., Winnings — 1. Mark Hinson, San Luis Obispo, Stan Sherwin, Atascadero, 5, 15.95 pounds, $1,380; 2. Shawn Lee, Arroyo Grande, Ken Sauret, Paso Robles, 3, 11.68 pounds, $940; 3. Jim Keeney, Tom Ryan, Paso Robles, 4, 11.38 pounds; $340; 4. Tim Vaughan, Los Osos, Erik Zillig, Cambria, 3, 9.33 pounds, $310; 5. Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Del Bishop, Templeton, 3, 6.60 pounds, $40; 6. Will Duncan, Dylan Waldroop, Hollister, 3, 6.20 pounds; 7. Josh Brard, Atascadero, Eddie Davis, Paso Robles, 2, 4.61 pounds; 8. Neal Franklin, Atascadero, Clay Gates. Paso Robles, 1, 3.22 pounds; 9. Corey Lintner, Julian Vasquez, Arroyo Grande, 1, 3.21 pounds; 10. Marc Hazuka, Atascadero, Al Rush, Paso Robles, 1, 2.79 pounds.1st Big Fish, 5.29 pounds, Lee & Sauret; 2nd Big Fish, 4.75 pounds, Keeney & Ryan. Teams qualified for the Tournament of Champions Oct. 15-17 at New Melones Lake are: 1. Duncan & Waldroop 698 points; 2. Bishop & Bishop 696; 3, Hazuka & Rush 667; 4. Hinson & Sherwin 601; 5. Gene Gray & Dusty Kahler, Atascadero, 589; 6. Franklin & C. Gates 589; 7. Vaughan & Zillig 586; 8. Lee & Sauret 504; 9. Keeney & Ryan 490; 10. Mark Gomes & Shawn Wilson, Paso Robles, 486.

———— Santa Margarita LakeMy son-in-law John Caudill fished here on Father’s Day and caught much more than he could have expected.

“I was fishing about 20 feet from shore near the White Oak launch ramp when I heard a rustling in the bushes,” Caudill told me during a phone call later in the day. “A bear came out of the bushes, got a quick drink from the lake before sauntering off. I was glad that I wasn’t any closer.”

It was his first sighting of a bear in the wild.

Oh, yes, John did catch “a few largemouths on swimbaits.”

Marina operator Don Lopez said Byron Hallett of Templeton used a Senko to catch a 10-1 bass in Jackass Cove on June 19.

Big Salmon CatchLos Osos fisherman Gary Moore caught a 20-pound salmon Saturday. He was fishing out of Morro Bay off the shell mound. His green Kroc offering was gobbled at a depth of 40 feet. He fished all morning for just one more hit, but got no more hookups. Salmon catches have been few and far between off the Central Coast.

Virg’s LandingThe tradition of viewing the Cayucos July 4 fireworks show from Virg’s vessels lives on. The fares are $35 for adults and $25 for children 15 and under. Call: 772-1222 for reservations for this event and all fishing trips.

Jackpot winners last week included Eric Burkley, Brentwood, 12-5 lingcod, George Sachoal, San Luis Obispo, 11-6 lingcod, Dennis Gate, Visalia, 10-5 lingcod, Robert Lane, Atascadero, 9-5 lingcod, and David Bryson, Lompoc, 6-pound red rockcod.

Last week 383 anglers caught 71 lingcod, 676 red rockcod, 2,024 assorted rockfish, 119 bocaccio, 250 coppers, four cabezon, and one sheephead.

Patriot SportfishingReservations are being taken for viewing the July 4 Pismo Beach fireworks from the sea. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under. Call: 595-7200 for reservations for this event or trip schedules.

A pair of 9-pound lingcod took jackpot honors for Wyatt Alter, Santa Maria, and James Corbin, Grover Beach, June 18 and 19, respectively. Other jackpot winners included: Tal Scott-Welch, Visalia, 7-pound red rockcod, Rick Ketello, New Cuyama, 6-pound lingcod; Chase Bryant, Visalia, 5-pound red rockcod, Jennifer Redley, Santa Maria, 4-pound vermillion, Karlina Keen, Cedar City, UT, John Remus, Galt, and Glen Cordon, Lompoc, all 3-pound coppers.

Last week 252 anglers caught: 785 red rockcod, 486 assorted rockfish, 5 lingcod, 138 bolina and 108 bocaccio.

Central Coast SportfishingFor reservation, trip schedules Call: 772-3474 or 704-2084.

Tom Little, Fresno, had the heaviest jackpot fish of the week aboard the Rita G — an 8.5-pound red rockcod. Other jackpot winners included: Keith Birchfield, Atascadero, 8-pound lingcod; Colin Baker, Paso Robles, 7-pound red rockcod; Bob Kunhert, Los Angeles, 6.5-pound red rockcod; and Josh Rothanzl, Denver, CO, 5-pound red rockcod.

The catch by 71 passengers last week was: 337 red rockcod, 263 assorted rockfish, 56 coppers, 10 lingcod, 10, gopher cod, one bocaccio, and one rock sole.

Port San Luis BoatyardWhopper of the Week honors went to Charlie Ussery of Orcutt for his June 20 catch of an 8-pound lingcod. Forty-one boats were launched last week. The catch included 26 lingcod and two halibut. For most of the week, half to three quarter limits were reported.

Friday Night TournamentThe second in a once-a-month summer-long bass tournament series is on tap this Friday night at Lake San Antonio. Blast off is at 7 p.m. and weigh-in at 1 a.m. Entry fee is $120 per boat occupied by two member teams. Ralph Sawdey of Shandon and his son Sam of Paso Robles won the May event when 14 teams participated.

Lopez LakeBiggest fish caught last week was an 8 ½-pound largemouth bass by Russell Moore of Bakersfield. He was fishing by the dam with a plastic worm. His catch had swallowed a trout. Marina operator Jerry Weatherly reports he now has fishing licenses.

Lake San AntonioAnglers who have been net dipping live shad are catching stripers. A marina spokesman advised anglers to look for bird activity on the lake.

Whale RockJeanne Holder used worms for bait on June 16 to catch trout measuring 15 and 17 inches. They were the only trout bagged last week by the seven anglers who tried their luck. She also caught a 13-inch rainbow on June 4. To date 144 people have fished Whale Rock and caught a total of 13 trout. The reservoir is open Wednesdays through Sundays.