Fishing Report: Boat parade kicks off Christmas season

The Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade, a festive event that annually ushers in the Christmas season, is Saturday. 

You won’t get battered and bruised aboard the Princess out of Virg’s Landing. It’ll be a refreshing experience and perhaps a reprieve from whatever jostling you may have suffered on Black Friday, which has morphed into Thanksgiving.

Tickets to ride in the boat parade are $25. Children 12 and under are free. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 772-1222 or visiting Virg’s tackle store. Tickets must be picked up at the store. Participants will board the Princess at The Great American Fish Co. Check in time is 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6:30. 

Christmas gift ideas for the outdoor set

Leading off today’s ideas are two WaveSpin tangle-free fishing reels on sale at half price through Dec. 15. The special for the DH 3000 or DH 4000 reels is available online only at WaveSpinReel.com

Holiday specially priced at $37.47, the DH 3000 uses space-age technology to produce 31 pounds of smooth multi-disc drag (typically 5 pounds on other reels) ideal for bass, trout and panfish. It weighs 10 ounces and uses 6- to10-pound mono or 20- to 40-pound braid from 175 to 250 yards.

The DH 4000, specially priced at $41.63, has 45 pounds of drag and is meant for fish in the 10- to 50-pound range such as salmon, rockcod and catfish. This long casting reel uses 8- to 12-pound mono or 30- to 50-pound braid from 170-290 yards and weighs 12 ounces.

Each features a two-year warranty. There are limited quantities on both models.

Outdoor Life Magazine had this to say about the reels: “The first significant improvement in salt and freshwater spinning-reel design in more than 50 years. What sets the WaveSpin apart from its competitors is that it’s virtually impossible for the line to bird nest during a cast.”

How about sunglasses with bifocal readers? Onos Trading Company (onos.com) pioneered these sunglasses. They’re great for tying knots. Putting a fine mono line through a tiny No. 16 hook, gripping pliers on the hook (not the fish’s mouth) are angling chores that are seamless with these glasses.

Onos polarized performance sunglasses and Hemingway polarized sunglasses can be ordered online in three different ways. Plain lenses, usually range from $90 to $130 for Ono’s and $190 for Hemingway models. There are also plain lenses with low profile bifocal readers at same aforementioned prices. Prescription lenses (online pricing) are $170 to $209 for the Onos and $229 for the Hemingway models. 

Lenses can be ordered in four different ways — gray: lets the eye see colors naturally; blue mirror/gray: same as gray but offshore anglers say it helps shield their eyes from bright sun and reflection; amber: lets the eye see into the water to detect dropoffs, structure, etc.; green mirror/amber: same as amber with, some say, extra shielding for the eyes.

All models feature memory-flex TR-90 frames styled for men and women with small, medium or large facial features and different nose-bridge shapes. 

More gift ideas from Central Coast outlets will appear here next week.

Virg’s Landing

Last week, all but one of the jackpot winners caught lingcod. 

Heading the group were Jerry Spencer of San Luis Obispo and Casey Jones of Clovis. Each caught 12-pound lings. Each caught 12-pound lings. Others winners with the weight of their lings were: Mike Blackstone, Atascadero, 9-pounder; Whitney Roe, Grass Valley, and Larry Tuck, Shafter, both 8-pounders; and Sage Rojes, Santa Maria, a 7-pounder. Fresno’s Allen Meany was the lone winner who didn’t harvest a ling. He caught a 7-pound cabezon.

On  Dec. 21, a Papa’s Jigs Tournament is planned. Cost for the 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. competition is $89. To enter the jackpot is an additional $21.

The catch by 213 passengers last week included 135 lingcod, 782 red rockcod, 799 assorted rockfish and seven cabezon. 

Call 772-1222 for reservations and trip schedules.

Patriot Sportfishing

Combo rockcod and crab trips are back on the trip schedule Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $68 for the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips. Adult fares get to split the contents of the crab pots hauled aboard at the start of these trips. Then the focus turns to rockcod.

On last week’s two combo trips, 56 anglers shared the harvest of 121 dungeness and seven rock crabs.

Orcutt’s Doug May had last week’s biggest jackpot fish, an 11-pound, 3-ounce lingcod. Other jackpot winners were: Mikayle Ellinger, Pueblo, Colo., 10-0 ling; Steve Butler, Bakersfield, 7-0 ling and Jonia Williams, Mojave, and Sergio Garcia, Baldwin Park, both 6-0 lings.

Last week’s 122 anglers bagged 20 lingcod, 160 red rockcod, 474 assorted rockfish and one cabezon.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.

Port San Luis Boatyard

A 24-pound albacore caught Friday took Whopper of the Week honors. Also in the catch were 91 lingcod by anglers aboard 68 launched boats. Roger Cabonce of Grover Beach caught the big fish from his boat named “Liquid Diet.”