Tennis was the glue that brought together a relatively new team that won the Nov. 7 California Bass Championship team series event at Nacimiento Lake.
A by-product of the team’s triumph is a berth in the CBC finale on Feb. 19-20, 2011, at New Melones Lake.
Tai Martin is a member of the Avila Bay Club where Mark Scribner is the director of tennis. Martin, a 25-year veteran in bass competition, had been on hiatus for 15 years while he and his wife were raising a family. Scribner’s fishing has been mostly as a fly fisherman, especially during his residence in Sun Valley, Idaho.
“Mark has incredible touch stemming from his fly fishing,” Martin said. “We had a seven-fish limit in the first 45 minutes of the tournament. Six of our first seven were culled as we caught about 35 fish.
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“About 10 o’clock, I caught a 23⁄4-pounder on a jig, and Mark followed with a fish about the same size on a drop shot. Later in the tournament each of us caught bass that were identical 21⁄4-pounders.”
Their winning weight was 15.57 pounds. All were spotted bass.
Scribner was introduced to tournament bass fishing by Graham Grove, an Atascadero High School tennis player who had matches at the Avila Bay Club. They teamed up in Ambusher tournaments and Tri Valley Club events.
Nacimiento CBC Qualifiers — 1. Tai Martin, Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, 15.57 pounds; 2. Dale Ball, Creston, Dave Solis, Antioch, 14.78 pounds; 3. Darrin Bishop, Paso Robles, Dean Miller, Tulare, 13.72 pounds; 4. Damon Meeks, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 13.37 pounds; 5. Fred & Freddy Ledesma, Soledad, 13.34 pounds; 6. Richard & John Tamagni, 13.01 pounds. (Team limits were for 7 fish). Cachuma CBC Qualifier —1. Louis Fernandes, Santa Maria, Patrick Touey, Nipomo, 14.62 pound; 2.Jeff Perry, Tony Vultaggio; 3. John & Donald Fuqua; 4. Jeff Settum, Noah Cook, Moorpark; 5. Frank Fernandes, Santa Maria, Brad Austin, San Miguel; 6. Stan Skou, Los Alamos, Tom Guidry,Vandenberg Village. (No weights were listed for the second through sixth-place teams).
Overnight rockcod trip
For those of you who may not have had your fill of rockcod fishing for the year, Patriot Sportfishing is offering an overnight trip to San Miguel Island. Departure will be at 10 p.m. Friday with return between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Individual cost is $135. For groups of four or more anglers, a group rate can be negotiated.
Call 595-7200 for more information.
Rockcod season is still open south of Point Conception.
Patriot Lingcod Contest
Although some big lingcod were caught at Point Purisima and Point Sal during the final eight days of the rockcod/lingcod season, none exceeded the weight of the three leaders in the sixth-annual lingcod contest.
Three lingcod between 15 pound and 17 pounds, 7 ounces captured jackpot honors but were unable to sneak into the three money slots.
Two of the money winners are Central Coast residents, and for the second straight year, the winner is from the Central Coast.
David Glass of Lompoc captured first place with the catch of a 24-pound, 6-ounce lingcod on Halloween and he remained atop the standings for the final 15 days of the competition.
Glass’ catch bumped Joe Torres of Arroyo Grande to second place. Torres, who won the competition in 2009, had taken over the lead on Oct. 14 with a 20-12 fish.
Third place was secured by Byran Shishido of Lindsay. His 19-2 catch came Oct. 8.
The checks — $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third — will be presented at a later date when all three men are available for a ceremony at the Patriot marina office.
The marina closed Tuesday and will not reopen until Thanksgiving weekend. Marina personnel will check phone messages and return calls. Skipper John Rowley is planning Humboldt Squid trips Nov. 26, 27 and 28.
For more information and reservations, call 772-1222 and leave your phone number.
Winning jackpots during the final eight days of the 2010 rockcod season were: Leslie Curridsen, Corcoran, 13-0 ling, Won Ahn, Los Angeles, 12-0 ling, Michele Slamber, Atascadero, 11-0 ling, Chad Glende, Lompoc, and Earl Pickens, Pasadena, both 9-0 lings, Aaron Roth, Templeton, and Crissy Schelling, Fresno, both 7-0 lings, and Eric Jones, Jolon, 6-0 ling.
Darkness reduced the season’s last overnight trip to a one-day fishing experience Sunday.
The catch by 289 passengers included 54 lingcod, 1,002 red rockcod, 1,372 assorted rockfish, 119 coppers, 52 bocaccio, one cabezon and one sheephead.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Arroyo Grande’s Robert Sidenberg secured the season’s final Whopper of the Week honor with the catch of a 14.5-pound lingcod Saturday.
Fifty-four boats were dispatched during the week ending Sunday. The catch included 58 lingcod and three halibut. Three quarter to full limits were logged four days and half to three quarter limits twice. No boats were launched Nov. 8.Nine boats were launched Monday, the final day of the season, and 11 lingcod were caught, but no fish were. Three-quarter limits were recorded.
While the rockcod season is closed until May 1, 2011, sport fishermen may still fish for halibut, white seabass and sharks.
Bakersfield’s Chuck Holloway caught the heaviest fish of the final eight days of the season when he caught a 17-pound, 7-ounce lingcod Sunday. Santa Maria’s Jared Jokela bagged a 16-7 ling Monday, and Ron Burton of Coarsegold landed a 15-pound lingcod Sunday.
Other jackpot winners included: Maark Wetting and Hank Guana, both of Santa Maria, each had 9-0 lings, Pat McKenna, Arroyo Grande, 8-0 ling, Tim Brooks, Lompoc, 7-0 ling, Paul Hudson, Bakersfield, 6-8 ling, Art Valdez, Lompoc, 4-0 vermillion, Edward Taylor, Bakersfield, 4-0 bolina, and Nichole Hofbower, Santa Maria, 3-0 vermillion.During the final eight days of the rockcod season 292 passengers caught 25 lingcod, 335 red rockcod, 555 assorted rockfish,947 bolina, 19 cabezon, and one sheephead.
Central Coast SportfishingJohn Snyder of Fresno as the jackpot winner aboard the Rita G on Veterans Day with the catch of a 3-pound blue rockfish.
Twelve anglers caught 13 reds and 56 assorted rockfish.
Santa Margarita Lake
Austin Buckley of San Luis Obispo caught a 12.88-pound bass Nov. 8 using one of his own homemade jigs. On Nov. 10, an angler paused long enough to have his photo taken at the marina with a 12-pound bass before he hustled back to the lake and release the fish. He left without leaving his name.
On Saturday, David Johnson and his father, Richard, caught catfish that weighed 20 and 7 pounds, respectively. The catches were made with nightcrawlers dunked in shallow water beyond The Narrows.
Twenty-seven anglers caught four trout. Gary Collier caught a 14-inch fish on a Kastmaster on Nov. 10. Bob Sykes caught 12- and 16-inch fish Nov. 11 and a 171⁄2-inch trout Nov. 12. All were caught on lures.