Shouts of “Fish On!” The zzzzz litany as line screams off reels. And “Get the gaff!”
These are sounds that very well may be heard off the Central Coast this weekend as albacore may finally be in the neighborhood.
“The weather models are looking good for this weekend and might be worth a tuna run for boats with the range and anglers with the inclination,” said Harrell Kimball, who monitors such things for area fishermen.
“Saturday looks iffy, but Sunday looks to be the best day,” he added after scanning Terrafin satellite images. Earlier this week, chlorophyll charts indicated 61-degree blue water was outside The Donut while 59-degree dirty water was inside The Donut.
“I may get new pictures before this weekend,” Kimball said.
Tuna may be lurking in waters 40 to 60 nautical miles from Port San Luis.
The only albacore caught in Central Coast waters were the five Harley Boos and a partner landed over the July 30-31 weekend in the vicinity of 1908, which is approximately 70 miles out of port.
Port San Luis Boatyard
The influx of white seabass along the Central Coast continued last week. Anglers out of the Sports Launch harvested 169 last week. The catch was 35 more than the previous week.
And for the fourth consecutive week, a white seabass was the Whopper of the Week. Santa Maria’s Paul Domingues reeled in a 45 1⁄2-pounder Sunday.
Last week, 108 boats were dispatched. The catch included 53 lingcod and eight halibut. Full rockcod limits were logged Monday and Thursday through Saturday.
On Tuesday, captain Steve Moore filled his two receivers in Port San Luis Harbor with four- to six-inch anchovies.
Private boaters may purchase live bait from 5:15 to 9 a.m. daily. For bait updates, call 595-7200 and press 3 or go online to www.patriotsportfishing.com. A full scoop of bait is $25. A half scoop is $15.
For the sixth time this season, more than 100 lingcod were harvested by Patriot anglers last week. The 128 lings landed by 451 fishermen ranked fourth in 2011.
Larger takes were 164 on Aug. 1-8; 158 on July 25-31; 136 on July 4-10. All 13 jackpot fish were lings. Winners with ling weights were: Dave Pimentel, Grover Beach, 16-0; David Corton, Bakersfield, 14-3; Sean McCombs, Taft, 13-0; Tracy West, Santa Barbara, 14-0; Garth Whitted, Santa Maria, 12-13; Hannah Pickens, Friant, Jim Higgins, Nipomo, and Mike Burgess, Fresno, all 11-0; Ron Roussy, Madera, 10-0; Dennis Drake, Stockton, 8-0; Nelson Herring, Long Beach, 7-5; Roger York, San Luis Obispo, Jesus Ayun, Delano, both 5-0.
For trip schedules and reservations call 595-7200 or go online to patriotsportfishing.com.
On Wednesday and Thursday half-day trips, a child 12 and under goes free with a paid adult fare.
Last week’s catch were 128 lingcod, 667 red rockcod, 2,133 assorted rockfish, 708 bolina, eight cabezon, seven kelp greenling and two rock sole.
Bakersfield anglers caught 12-pound lingcod to take jackpot honors both days on last weekend’s overnight trip. Paul Bridges and Paul Williamson were the winners.
The next overnight trip will depart at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 27 and return between 4 and 6 p.m. Aug. 28. The fare is $205. Call 772-1222 for trip schedules and reservations or go online to virgs.com.
All eight jackpot fish were lings. Winners with ling weights were: Greg Hunt, Cayucos, 12-0; Jean Spikes, Bakersfield, 11-0; Jason Johnson and Tom Graham, both Bakersfield, both 10-0; Robert Kraft, Fresno, 9-0; Stan Blake, Bakersfield, Joann Tacherro. Fresno, both 8-0; and Nick Cottele, Selma, 7-0.
Last week 418 patrons caught 64 lingcod, 1,364 red rockcod, 2,542 assorted rockfish, 141 coppers, 30 bolina and three cabezon.
Central Coast Sportfishing
No reports. Call 772-3474 or 704-2084 for trip schedules and reservations.
Santa Margarita Lake
On Aug. 13 Renae Robertson from Santa Maria fished for only the third time in her life. She caught a 12.03-pound bass by drop shotting with a Yamamoto worm. Austin Buckley, Santa Margarita, landed a 10-pound, 14-ounce bass using a plastic frog for bait. Mackerel and chicken hot dogs are tempting catfish while red worms are working for redear and bluegill.
Marina contact Taylor McGuire reported three Saturday catches. Brian Curtis of Bakersfield caught a 3-pound bass on a swimbait while fishing under the bridge. Dean Bierseldt of Chino reeled in bass weighing 2 3⁄4 and 1 1⁄2 pounds on swimbaits while fishing at Marina Point.
White bass and spots are being caught in Bee Rock, Heritage, Las Tablas and Christmas Coves. Fishing is best early in the shade and late in the day.
Marina manager Ken Hemer said the catfish bite is strong with fish up to 10 pounds. Fish are in backs of shallow coves such as Cachuma, Harvey’s and Johnson Bays.
Fly-lined mackerel, chicken livers and dough balls in as little as three feet of water has been very productive. Bass fishing is steady. Large and smallmouth are holding in 15 to 20 feet of water on most lake points. Topwater, crankbaits, blades and plastics are working. Mini jigs cast or drifted in The Narrows and around Arrowhead Island are producing good action. Trout action has perked drifting crawlers or trolling at a depth of six to nine colors of lead core line. Meal and red worms are tempting bluegill around stands of tulles.
Three more trout were caught last week by the 16 anglers who turned out. To date, 59 trout have been caught during 79 open days of fishing. For the year, 242 anglers have tried their luck.
Using PowerBait, Gary Collier caught a 15-inch trout Friday. Joe Reynolds using lures reeled in 14- and 17-inch fish Sunday.