Saturday’s Tri Valley Bass Club competition was a case of role reversal.
Usually, Dana Chatterly does the catching while son Clayton, 15, handles the netting assignment.
This time, Clayton got a new duty at Cachuma Lake, and the result was a championship.
As recently as last July at Santa Margarita Lake during the club’s annual barbecue event, Dana referred to his son as “a good netter who has no problem taking his share of winnings.”
Things were different this time around.
“Early on at Cachuma, I was doing the netting and my son was catching smallmouths,” Dana said. “He was drop-shotting Texas-rigged creature baits.”
The duo had a limit by 10 a.m.
Dana is very familiar with Cachuma Lake having spent summers there at his grandmother’s house back in the 1970s.
“I fished all day until I got hungry. Then I made my way back to grandma’s house. I knew every rock by its first name,” he chuckled.Midway through the third event on the 2011 Tri Valley schedule, Dana told his son it was time to go to the Santa Ynez River behind Arrowhead Island.
That’s where the 50-year-old general contractor put the finishing touches on the team’s winning bag weight.
“I flipped for three blacks (largemouths). And Clayton did the netting in the afternoon.”
The winners caught 15 keepers. “The bag we took to the scales included three of Clayton’s smallies and my three fish for 14.22-pound weight."
Tri Valley teams are allowed six fish limits. A .20 bonus is awarded for each live fish.
The margin of victory over the Twomey brothers, Bill and Pat of Lompoc, was .07 pounds.
Dana’s 3.27-pound largemouth captured big fish honors. The second big fish was a 3.02 bass caught by the Twomeys.Fifteen teams weighed fish, while six other entrants drew blanks. Tournament Director Steve Vidmar is not reporting winnings this season.
Tri Valley Top 10, No. Fish, Total Wt.---1.Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 6, 14.22 pounds; 2. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 6, 13.52 pounds; 3. Dan Dostal, Russ Mineau, 6, 12.61 pounds; 4. Scott Garman, Morro Bay, Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, 6, 11.83 pounds; 5. Mike Wiseman, Dustin Bowlin, Nipomo, 5, 11.34 pounds; 6. Danny Knotts, Bill Lukeman, Santa Maria, 6, 10.32 pounds; 7. Frank Fernandes, Ed Corteguera, Santa Maria, 5, 9.71 pounds; 7. Casey Langley, Arroyo Grande, Steve Goodman, San Luis Obispo, 5, 8.87 pounds; 9. Felix Camacho, Nipomo, Ken Camacho, Santa Maria, 6, 8.51 pounds; 10. Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, Graham Grove, Atascadero, 5, 8.37 pounds.1st Big Fish, 3.27 pounds Chatterly & Chatterly; 2nd Big Fish, 3.02 pounds, Twomey & Twomey.
Cachuma Lake Trout Derby
The early bird registration deadline is Friday, Mar. 25 for the 16th Annual Cachuma Trout Derby.
The event is scheduled April 9 and 10. The early registration fee is $35 for entrants age 11 and older. Children 10 years or younger may enter for $10.
Go to www.troutderby.org. Click on the download button to print the enrollment form. To qualify for the early bird rate the form must be postmarked by Mar. 25.
The fee for registrations received after the Mar. 25 deadline is $40 for participants age 11 and older. The fee for entrants age 10 and under remains at $10.
The Derby is the main fundraiser for the Nature Center at Cachuma Lake.
Cash prizes total $5,000 with over $10.000 more in merchandise prizes.
Calaveras Trout Farm will plant 4,000 pounds of trout at the lake on April 7. The plant will include 250 tagged trout.
Santa Margarita Lake
Once again the marina store was flooded Sunday night. Marina manager Don Lopez advised that there was four inches of water in the store. “Our good friends helped get products and equipment four feet off the floor. Since December I have half the store at my home.White Oak is the only launch ramp open.
To further complicate matters for Don and his wife, Sandra, a mountain lion scaled a 6-foot fence at their Santa Margarita home and killed two penned goats.
“These problems won’t stop me. We won’t quit. Since we took over the marina in 2005, we have made many friends and they have always been there for us in circumstances like the current ones,” Lopez said.
Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal reported that a friend fished the Nacimiento River Mar. 17. “White bass were thick in the river. He caught 40 whites using micro jigs. He said they would not bite on anything flashy.
“Surprisingly, the lake is clear after the heavy weekend rains. I caught a lot of crappie on Friday using micro jigs.” Bassmaster Elite
Arroyo Grande’s sixth-year tournament bass pro Jared Lintner placed 14th in the field of 99 pros last week on Florida’s St. Johns River.Lintner had a 20-pound, 9-ounce weight on day one, 11-9 on day two and 10-14 on day three for a 43-pound total weight.
The tournament was won by Edwin Evers with a four-day weight of 77 pounds, one ounce.
In the inaugural Bassmaster Elite event at the Harris Chain of Lakes on Mar. 10-13, Lintner finished in 37th place with a three-day weight of 30 pounds, 8 ounces.
Elite event No. 3 is scheduled Apr. 6-9 at Alabama’s Pickwick Lake.