Fishing Report: Veterans Day deals being offered

Patriot Sportfishing and Virg’s Landing are honoring veterans by offering discounted fishing trips during Monday’s Veterans Day.

Virg’s is reducing the fare on Monday’s 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip to $30 for veterans. Rod rentals will be free. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 772-1222.

Patriot Sportfishing has two trips scheduled for Monday.  The fare for veterans on the 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip will be $34 while the 7 a.m. to noon trip will cost vets $26. There will be no charge for pole rentals. For reservations, call 595-7200.

The fares at both location are half off the normal rates.

Bass tourneys begin

The start of the 2013-14 bass tournament campaign gets underway Saturday. The Pacific Coast Region of American Bass will hold its first competition at Lopez Lake. 

Darrin Bishop of Paso Robles and his cousin, Dean Miller of Tulare, are the reigning Anglers of the Year. They beat out Louis Fernandes of Santa Maria and Patrick Touey of Nipomo by five points last season. Fernandes and Touey won four of the six events in ABA Central Coast competitions at Cachuma Lake en route to that venue’s AOY crown.

The third season of 101 Bass tournaments will begin Feb. 1 at Nacimiento Lake.

Tournament Director Jim Slusher launched the new series in December 2012. Last season’s campaign began in November.

Port San Luis barbecue

Barry Stewart and a crew of volunteers are staging a barbecue and potluck for the fifth year at the Port San Luis Sports Launch. The event, designed to celebrate the 2013 saltwater fishing season, is scheduled for Saturday. 

The prairie Cod and Santa Maria-style Tri-Tip barbecue is free. The main meal will be served between 2 and 3 p.m.

The event, which will begin mid-morning, is open to nautical people who frequent the facilities of Port San Luis and Morro Bay.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share, snacks or desserts. Drawings for door prizes and raffle will wrap up this good time gathering.

Albacore hunt

Six or more boats embarking out of both Morro Bay and Port San Luis were prospecting for albacore Wednesday. Harrell Kimball, who monitors offshore fishing from his vantage point atop the Nipomo Mesa, said he had not heard of any catches of tuna as of 12:15 p.m.  The outlook for the weekend looks promising but that is subject to change.

Virg’s Landing

The next two-day trip (Nov. 23-24) is booked, but reservations are being taken for similar trips, Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 28-29. Cost is $235. Passengers may catch two limits of fish. Wednesdays are Ladies Days, $10 off the usual fare for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips. Men are welcome but they pay full fare, $59.  Shallow-water trips (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) are scheduled Thursdays for $69. 

For reservations and more information, call 772-1222 or go to www.virg.com. 

Jackpot winners last week included: Lannie Robinson, Visalia, 18-0 ling, Corey Mellow, Morro Bay, 16-0 ling, Ida Hernandez, Bakersfield, 15-0 ling, Stone Cyrus, Fresno, 14-0 ling, Scott Elwell, San Luis Obispo, and Carl Slaven, Bakersfield, both 12-0 lings, and Carson Kerbey, San Diego, 11-0 ling.                     

Port San Luis Boatyard

Collin Amick of Taft garnered Whopper of the Week honors with the catch of a 13 1⁄2-pound lingcod on Nov. 2. For the 15th time this season, more than 100 lingcod were caught during the week. The 107 lings counted ranked 12th. Seventy-six boats were launched. The catch also included six halibut. Full rockcod limits were recorded five days. Three-quarter limits were posted Friday and Saturday.

Patriot Sportfishing

The biggest jackpot fish caught last week was the smallest in six weeks. The previous week’s big fish happened to be the biggest lingcod of the year — 28 pounds, 5 ounces, landed by Casey Lintner of Arroyo Grande. 

Three private charters have been booked this week, including one today on the Patriot.

Bret Stewart, Santa Barbara, claimed last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 15-8 lingcod aboard the Sea Angler Oct. 29. Other jackpot winners included: Dusty Musgrave, Arroyo Grande, Duane Gavin, San Mateo, and Lance Garza, Visalia, all 12-0 lings, Santos Quintero, Corcoran, 11-0 ling,  James Ransome, Orcutt, 10-5 ling, Tim Murphy, Lompoc, and Rich Hannah, Bakersfield, both 10-0 lings, John Foyle, Kerman, 8-0 ling, Paul Stout, Lompoc, 7-0 ling and Gina Vance, Visalia, 2-pound blue rockfish.

For reservations and trip schedules, call 595-7200 or go to www.patriotsportfishing.com.   

Morro Bay Landing

A 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. fishing trip is scheduled Sunday. The fare aboard the Black Pearl is $69. For reservations and more information, call 771-5500 or go online to www.morrobaylanding.com. 

Whale Rock

Two men are competing for the most trout catches of 2013 as the season has only seven days remaining. Jeremy Harkins has caught one more fish than Jeff Minkler.  Both men caught two trout last week. Harkins caught a pair of 17-inch trout on PowerBait on Friday to bring his total to 34 fish. Minkler has caught 33 including a 16-inch and a 17-inch fish on worms Saturday. An unidentified angler landed a 16-inch fish on worms Saturday.

Through Sunday, 910 fishermen have harvested 178 trout. The 11 anglers who fished last week caught five fish. The 2013 season ends Nov. 15.

Santa Margarita Lake

Wednesday morning Tom Thumb of Santa Margarita caught an 18-pound, 2-ounce channel catfish while fishing with mackerel in front of the marina. On Saturday, Debbie Ferrana and Leon Nix from Santa Maria used mackerel and nightcrawlers in the river to catch catfish weighing 18 pound, 1 ounce, 4 pounds, 5 ounces and 5 pounds, 4 ounces and bass weighing 5 pound, 2 ounces and 4 pounds, 5 ounces.

Nacimiento Lake

From Heritage Ranch, Dave Rymal reports that Dean Shupp caught eight spotted bass to 2 1⁄2 pounds Sunday on dart heads. Catch and release fisherman Dave Pierce drop-shotted for 15 spots Saturday.

Lopez Lake

Marina manager Aaron Boyd reports anglers using crankbaits and Rat-l-Traps are catching four to seven-pound bass in the Lopez Arm. A 15-pound catfish was caught Tuesday on mackerel in Cottonwood Cove. 

Red worms, meal worms and nightcrawlers are working for pan fish by the dam and off the F dock.

Cachuma Lake

The first of six 4,000-pound trout plants from the Calaveras Trout Farm was scheduled to take place Wednesday. Catfish continue to be the most catchable species. Good action from shore was reported in the Harvey’s Cove area and the creek channel that forms Drakes Cove. Boaters scored in Little Cachuma, Johnson’s and Big Cachuma Bay. Nightcrawlers, cut mackerel and packaged dough baits were all working.