Fishing Report: Change at Port San Luis Boatyard

There will be a changing of the guard at Port San Luis Boatyard early next year.

Half of the partnership that has held the contract to manage the boatyard and Sports Launch will be moving to Hawaii.

Since July 1998, Marty Codorniz and partner Del Kyle have been in charge of both operations.

In recent years, Kyle has spent part of his time in South Dakota where pheasant hunting is king. He will continue as co-holder of the contract.

Codorniz owned a mobile marine repair business that services clients from Ventura to Monterey prior to his 15-year tenure at Port San Luis Harbor.

Codorniz plans to join his wife of 21 years, Patty, in Hawaii in early February. She is a registered nurse in Hawaii. Once he’s settled, Codorniz plans to start a marine repair business. 

Holiday special on tangle-free reels

WaveSpin is back with a holiday special on its DH 3000 Tangle-Free reels. 

The award-winning reel uses space-age technology to produce 31 pounds of smooth multi-disc drag. It’s ideal for bass, trout and panfish. Weighing only 10 ounces, it uses

6- to 10-pound mono or 20-40 braid from 155-260 yards.

Invented by the late Doug Hannon, the WaveSpin is one of the reasons Hannon will be inducted into Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 20.

Holiday-priced at $39.95, the reels have a two-year warranty. For anglers who like to have an extra spool in the ready, WaveSpin is offering a spare spool special for the DH 3000, DH 4000 and DH 5000. Each is now $15. (Normally, each is priced at $29.95.)

The reels are available only online at WaveSpinReel.com. 

All they want for Christmas is ...

Mark Stuthard of Grover Beach is wishing for better tuna fishing closer to shore. 

“This year I had my Honda-powered 21-foot boat out 80 miles and caught 12 albacore. It’s the first and last time I’m going that far. For the first time in a while I didn’t catch any seabass.  I want to change that. Good health and becoming a better fisherman are other desires.”

Steve Vidmar  of Santa Maria and John White of San Luis Obispo both want “more water in our lakes.” 

Said Vidmar, the Tri Valley tournament director: “Knowing there will be adequate water would make it a lot easier putting together the 2014 tournament schedule.” 

Said White, a veteran bass tournament competitor: “Just normal winter rains won’t get the job done at Lake San Antonio. It’s going to take numerous unusually heavy storms.”

Darrin Bishop of Paso Robles joins the chorus of bass fishermen wishing for “a 5-inch rain in 24 hours. Otherwise, I’ll need an ocean boat as I change my fishing focus.”

Virg’s Landing  

Virg’s will again take part in the annual Morro Bay Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday. Tickets are $25. For reservations and report time, call 772-1222 or go to www,virgs.com. 

Bad weather forced cancellation of last weekend’s two-day trip. The final two-day trips are now scheduled for Dec. 21-22 and Dec. 28-29. Cost is $235. Passengers may bring home two limits of fish. 

Gift cards are available in Virg’s store, 1169 Market Ave. Whale watching trips will begin on Saturdays and Sundays in January.

Jackpot winners last week were: Ted Romney, Cambria, Phil Armstrong, Paso Robles, and Aaron Leach, Visalia, all 12-0 lings, and Aaron Savarese, Pismo Beach, 7-0 ling.

The catch by 72 anglers last week included: 84 lingcod, 262 red rockcod, 429 assorted rockfish, and seven cabezon.

Patriot Sportfishing

The popular crab and rockcod trips will be offered Monday and Wednesday next week. Cost for adults is $74. The crew pulls crab pots at the start and the harvest is distributed. Rockcod fishing follows.

Ten season passes good for the entire May 1 to Dec. 31, 2014 rockcod campaign are $1,000.

Winning jackpots last week were: Roger York, San Luis Obispo 12-8 lingcod, Alan Garcia, Gardena, 12-0 ling, Henry Escobar, Atwater, 10-5 ling, and Ranier Lipp, Grover Beach, 9-5 ling. Seventy-eight passengers caught 78 lingcod, 168 red rockcod, five cabezon, 376 assorted rockfish and 173 bolina.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Only 22 boats were launched last week, and none Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and just one Saturday. Sixteen lingcod were caught but none were weighed. For the fifth week in a row, no Whopper of the Week was determined, meaning no free boat launch.

Lopez Lake

Monthly trout plants by the Department of Fish and Wildlife began Nov. 21. Anglers are catching trout up to 1 pound, according to marina manager Aaron Boyd.

A 400-pound plant was made Nov. 21 to the delight of trout fishermen who were shut out for a number of years because of a lawsuit filed against the state agency. Parks superintendent Larry Iaquinto said the 2013-14 plants will total 10,000 pounds.

Cachuma Lake

A second 4,000-pound plant of triploid trout from the Calaveras Trout Farm is scheduled to arrive today. 

“It should give trout fishing a boost for both trollers and shore fishermen,” marina manger Ken Hemer said. “Flat lining Rapalas, as well as spoons, Kastmasters and Krocodiles have been successful tactics.  Catfish are still biting despite sub freezing temperatures.  The most productive locations for anglers using cut mackerel for bait has been Cachuma Bay and Harvey’s Cove.”