Fishing Report: American Bass tournaments adding features to attract more participants

An American Bass tournament series that began last weekend has some attractive features in its bid for more participants.

Enticement by the Central Coast Region series include a family atmosphere, a free Saturday night barbecue and Cappy’s Bonanza, a total weight option that pays for the top three two-day weights.

Two tournaments are back-to-back, one Saturday and a follow-up event Sunday. Tournament director Tony Capparelli’s barbecue is open to tournament entrants and their families.

Participants camp out Saturday night in a common area.

Upcoming events are July 9-10 and Aug. 6-7. Cachuma Lake is the site for all tourneys. Ten teams entered each event last weekend.

Lompoc’s Chris Purgason and Ken Whalen won Sunday’s event with a five-fish limit of 10.10 pounds worth $810. Saturday’s kingpins were Mark Pollorena of Los Alamos, and Capparelli. Their limit weighed 7.99 pounds and paid $870.

Ten teams participated in each tourney.

ABA Top 5, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings Saturday1. Mark Pollorena, Los Alamos, Tony Capparelli, Camarillo, 5, 7.99 pounds, $870; 2. Larry & Jason Marquez, 4, 7.28 pounds, $900; 3. John & Julie Beckett, Bakersfield, 5, 6.82 pounds, $340; 4. Scott Lamberton, Santa Maria, John Flynn, Buellton, 5, 6.72 pounds; 5. Darin Ferguson, Santa Ynez, Dustin Mojonnier, Vandenberg Village, 5, 6.59 pounds, $60.1st Big Fish, 2.63 pounds, Marquez & Marquez. ABA Top 5, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings Sunday1.Chris Purgason, Ken Whalen, Lompoc, 5, 10.10 pounds, $810; 2. Mark Pollorena, Los Alamos, Tony Capparelli, Camarillo, 5, 9.59 pounds, $820; 3. Marc Jeu DeVine, Keith Rini, Thousand Oaks, 5, 9.05 pounds, $540; 4. Patrick Touey, Carlos Cecena, Nipomo, 5, 7.81 pounds; 5. Darin Ferguson, Santa Ynez, Dustin Mojonnier, Vandenberg Village, 5, 7.58 pounds.1st Big Fish, 3.09 pounds, Pollorena & Capparelli. Cappy’s Awards, Heaviest two-day weights: 1. Pollorena & Capparelli, 17.53 pounds, $225; 2. Jeu DeVine & Rini, 15.37 pounds, $135; 3. Beckett & Beckett, 14.40 pounds, $90.

Night bass tournaments

The summer series of night bass tournaments at Nacimiento Lake and Lake San Antonio rolls on Friday.

Event No. 2 in the series is scheduled at Lake San Antonio for Friday. Competition begins at 7 p.m. with weigh-ins at 1 a.m. The $120 per boat entry fee includes a big-fish option. Anglers may fish as a team or as an individual. Points are awarded on a team or individual basis.The top half of teams and or individuals in the final standing after the September competition qualify for the Sept. 23 Tournament of Champions.

The remaining regular season: July 15 at Nacimiento; Aug. 12 at San Antonio; and Sept. 9 at Nacimiento.

Atascadero’s Damon Meeks and partner Josh Brard have a leg up on the competition, having won the May opener at Nacimiento.

Lintner update

Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner is in excellent position to qualify for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. He has earned checks in six of the seven Bassmaster Elite tournaments so far, winning near $60,000. He is in 17th place entering the final tournament beginning today on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake. Eight Elite champions, plus the top 28 in standings, qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.

On the Arkansas River last week, Lintner was in eighth place on day one. But, he caught only one, 11-ounce fish on day two and was credited for 1 pound, 15 ounces for two, day-three fish. He finished 50th in a field of 99 men.

Port San Luis Boatyard

A 19 1⁄2pound halibut caught Saturday earned Santa Maria’s John Cardoza Whopper-of-the-Week honors. Seventy-two boats were launched last week. Anglers caught 52 lingcod, 36 salmon and one halibut.

Seventy-two boats were launched last week. Anglers caught 52 lingcod, 36 salmon and one halibut.

Virg’s Landing

Long-range 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. trips are offered Fridays and Sundays. Cost is $89. The next overnight trip will be June 25-26, departing at 3 p.m. Saturday and returning late Sunday afternoon. Cost is $205. Call 772-1222 for more information and reservations.

Jackpot winners last week were: Jen Wu, Weldon, 15-pound lingcod; Brian Stone, Atascadero, 10-pound lingcod; Ray Chaves, Jim Corcoran and Larry Morton, all Morro Bay, and all 9-pound lingcod; Dennis Aguilar, Tehachapi, 7-pound lingcod; and Colby Anderson, Glenn, 7-pound red rockcod.

The catch by 213 passengers was 38 lingcod, 855 red rockcod, 1,028 assorted rockfish, 165 coppers and seven bocaccio.

Central Coast Sportfishing

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

Last week, 56 passengers caught 18 lingcod, 215 red rockcod, 250 assorted rockfish, 23 coppers, 13 cabezon, two bocaccio, and one shark Jackpot winners were: Brett Love, Lemoore, 12-pound lingcod and Julie Montes, Santa Maria, 9-pound lingcod.

Patriot Sportfishing

Kids 12 and under will fish free Sunday for Father’s Day when accompanied by a paid adult. Scheduled are 7 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. half-day trips as well as the 10-hour (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) trip. Call 595-7200 for reservations.

Last week’s jackpot winners included: Joe Podsednik, Nipomo, 16-8 lingcod; Steven Hogan, Visalia, 14-4 ling; Raymond Cleveland, Lake Isabella, 10-2 ling; Randy Sanders, Shafter, 9-10 ling; Matt Heacock, Arroyo Grande 9-6 ling; Brock Hillman, Seattle, 9-0 ling; Ivan Perez, Jr., Paso Robles, 9-0 ling; John Costa, Bakersfield, 8-6 cabezon, and Rachel Jones, Atascadero 6-0 vermillion. Last week 175 passengers caught 58 lingcod, 388 red rockcod, 399 assorted rockfish, 80 Dungeness crab, 18 rock crab, 13 cabezon and five kelp greenling.

Santa Margarita Lake

Currently, bass have lockjaw. Catches of redear and bluegill are plentiful on red worms. Chartreuse or black jigs are working for crappie.

Nacimiento Lake

Fishing from where his pontoon boat was docked Tuesday, Heritage Ranch resident Dave Rymal caught and released 40 to 50 bluegill up to one pound. Rymal said: “The white bass bite was hot on Tuesday.”

Fellow Heritage Ranch resident Martin Rowley caught white bass and a few spots trolling chartreuse Roostertails.

Lopez Lake

Nightcrawlers were gulped by a 15-pound catfish for Keri Austin of Grover Beach, a 3-pound bass for Manuel Miranda of Santa Maria and five redear to 1 1⁄2 pounds for Bret Rueda of Arroyo Grande.

Cachuma Lake

Bow and arrow fishing for carp continues to produce. Fishing for catfish, trout and crappie are rated “fair.” The Cachuma Nature Center presents a talk entitled “The Geology of Cachuma; Plate Tectonics and the Shaping of the Land” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dr. Bruce Tiffney of UC Santa Barbara is the speaker.

Whale Rock

Ten trout were caught last week, eight by Fred Holder. On June 8 he caught 9-, 10-, 15- and 151⁄2-inch trout on worms. His Friday take included trout measuring 12, 16, 17 and 191⁄2 inches also on worms. Gary Collier caught 9- and an 11-inch trout on worms Saturday.

Wayne Shaw can be reached at wshaw@ccountry.net