They may not be quitting their day jobs anytime soon, but down the road, who knows?
Their day jobs are on the ocean where they pilot the Pacific Horizon out of Patriot Sportfishing.
Dustin Selck and Sal Rocha got serious about bass fishing late last year after “just playing around in the sport for a couple of years,” Selck admitted.
Rocha is the Pacific Horizon skipper while Selck, who also has a marine captain’s license, is a deckhand.
Selck and Rocha notched their third Western Rookie League tournament win Sunday at Santa Margarita Lake.
“We opted to target fish we couldn’t see rather than bass on nests. Our 15 keepers were taken drop-shotting. By 8:30 we had 21 pounds in the live well and increased that to 24 pounds by noon,” Selck said.
Early in the day, Selck caught the event’s big fish, 7.07 pounds.
In the much more difficult WON Bass series, Selck and Rocha are in seventh place after four events with fifth- and 10th-place finishes to their credit.
Selck and Phil Vanzee fish in the 101 Bass series. They were in eighth place prior to missing the April test and skidded to 17th. Rocha and onetime consistent saltwater jackpot winner Dan Barrios are 28th, having missed two of the six events.
Western Rookie League Top 7, Number of Fish, Weight, Winnings
1. Dustin Selck, Atascadero, Sal Rocha, Grover Beach, 5, 24.00 pounds, $600; 2. Don Bergman, Jack Owen, 5, 23.07 pounds, $100; 3. Garett Manion, Paso Robles, Bradford Manion, Castro Valley, 5, 22.83 pounds; 4. Dan Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Mike Oddo, Shell Beach, 5, 21.09 pounds; 5. Eddie & Aaron Davidson, Atascadero, 5, 14.91 pounds; 6. Mike Enos, Paso Robles, Kacy Elisarraras, Atascadero, 5, 13.84 pounds; 7. Matt Boyd, Santa Margarita, Rod Kirby, San Miguel, no fish.
1st Big Fish, 7.07 pounds, Selck & Rocha.
Salmon catches explode
Salmon fishing finally came alive in the fourth week of the season. The arrival of bait (anchovies and krill) in local waters promoted a surge in catches. Private boat owners operating out of the Port San Luis Sports Launch and Morro Bay’s public launch ramp registered numerous catches.
Last week, 121 boats were dispatched from the Port San Luis site and 493 salmon were caught. The biggest harvests took place April 26 when anglers aboard 36 boats caught 138 salmon and April 27 when 151 salmon were landed by fishermen aboard only 29 boats.
Jason Thompson, San Luis Obispo, claimed Whopper of the Week honors with a 17.6-pound salmon Saturday.
Big numbers continued Monday when 131 salmon were caught by anglers aboard 34 boats.
On Tuesday, salmon catches were dominant for anglers aboard 26 PSL-launched boats. The harvest included 68 salmon and only eight lingcod.
Tri Valley event
Dana and Clayton Chatterly, the 2011 Tri Valley Anglers of the Year, skipped the first three 2012 events. On Saturday at Cachuma Lake, they topped a 29-team field.
“This year we didn’t commit to any single series,” Dana Chatterly said. “We caught 40 fish by banging the shoreline with Texas-rigged creature baits and drop- shotting. We had a limit by 8 o’clock and Clayton caught our big one (3.06 pounds) late in the day.”
Tri Valley Top 10 (all 6-fish team limits) Total Weight
1. Dana & Clayton Chatterly, Lompoc, 15.60 pounds; 2. Danny Knotts, Skeeter Moore, Santa Maria, 14.82 pounds; 3. Ron & Derek Morrison, Lompoc, 14.74 pounds; 4. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 14.65 pounds; 5. Doug Chessmore, Santa Barbara, Ken Hemer, Solvang, 14.24 pounds; 6. Jeff Hodges, Bud Aquino, Arroyo Grande, 14.11 pounds; 7. Larry Haro, Sheldon Waters, Lompoc, 13.65 pounds; 8. Chris Jeanguenat, Cole Taylor, 13.31 pounds; 9.Mike & Greg Higgins, Santa Maria, 13.24 pounds; 10. Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, Travis Stahl, Nipomo, 13.24 pounds.1st Big Fish, 4.43 pounds, Dustin McAllister & Steve Gray; 2nd Big Fish, 3.21 pounds Higgins & Higgins.
Patriot Sportfishing had 42 passengers aboard the Pacific Horizon catch 43 lingcod, 126 bolina, 88 red rockcod, 84 assorted rockfish and two kelp greenling. Jeremy Valov of Bakersfield on the jackpot with a 10-pound ling.
Jim Ransome of Orcutt took the jackpot on the Patriot with an 8 1/2-pound ling. Caught by 28 anglers were 10 lingcod, 28 red rockcod, 78 assorted rockfish and 56 bolina.
Twenty-nine salmon were caught on four recent trips. Jackpot winners were Max Ramos, San Luis Obispo, Dean Esparza, Bakersfield, Jim Cozad, Thousand Oaks and Phil Rubottom, Pismo Beach. Respectively, the weights were: 16, 10, 13 pounds, 12 ounces and 11 pounds, 3 ounces.
For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.
Tuesday’s Princess jackpot winner with a 12-pound lingcod was Jim Gettings of Hisperia. Thirty-three anglers caught 12 lingcod, 240 red rockcod and 70 assorted rockfish.
Kasey Wool of Santa Barbara won the Fiesta jackpot with an 8-pound lingcod. Twenty-three passengers landed 115 red rockcod, one lingcod and 59 assorted rockfish.
On trips last week, 11 salmon were caught by 12 anglers on the Fiesta on Saturday. Susan Hill of Bakersfield took jackpot honors with a 25-pounder. Nipomo’s Don Stocker boarded a 20-pounder on April 26 for honors. Nine anglers caught 13 salmon.
Call 772-1222 for trip schedules and reservations.
National Guard College bass fishing
At Clear Lake on Saturday, Cal Poly’s Thomas Leacox and John Zeolla placed 16th in a field of 40 teams with a 9-pound, 5-ounce weight for two fish. The other Cal Poly team of Russ Gruener and Patrick Monson were among the eight teams that blanked and tied for 33rd place. A Utah Valley University team won the fourth and final Western Region event with a 19-pound, 10-ounce limit.
Twenty-two anglers caught six trout Saturday. Fred Houjet caught 15- and 17-inch fish on worms, while Lukas and Randy Holder caught 18- and 12-inch trout on worms. Fourteen anglers turned out Sunday. Jeremy Harkins caught a 17-inch fish using salmon eggs for bait.
Santa Margarita Lake
San Luis Obispo County Optimist Clubs are staging a Kids Fishing Derby at the Marina from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Instruction, prizes and a 1 p.m. barbecue are included in the free event. The Derby is open to boys and girls 15 and under.
Buzz baits, Senkos and drop-shotting techniques are catching bass, Don Lopez said. Crappie are being caught on jigs. Catfish also are becoming active.
Grover Beach’s Ian Whitehead used nightcrawlers to catch three crappie and a 1-pound trout in Cottonwood Cove. Also Saturday at Marina Point Parker Evenson of Arroyo Grande used crawlers to catch crappie, bluegill and bass. Brian Osterhout of Arroyo Grande enticed a 1 1⁄2-pound redear with a crawler. Spencer Sylvester of Grover Beach caught crappie and bluegill from F dock.
Marina manager Ken Hemer rates fishing for bass, catfish, trout, crappie and carp as “good.” Bass are biting on hard and soft plastics. Shore fishermen in the Mohawk area and Harvey’s Bay are nailing trout with crawlers and PowerBait. Early bird bow hunters are slaying carp.