Fishing Report: Fundraising begins for the annual Wound Warriors free fishing trip

The first fundraising event for the third-annual Wounded Warriors free fishing trip is Saturday. It’s a saltwater fishing tournament out of Port San Luis open to allcomers. Entry fee is $30 per person. All occupants of private boats must be entered in the tournament.

The starting time at the Port San Luis Sports Launch is 5:30 a.m. The 3:30 pm weigh-in concludes the competition.

First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be determined by the heaviest rockcod and nonrockcod. Sharks and rays are not included.

Fifty percent of entry fee money will be earmarked for the cash awards.

Sponsorship of the Wounded Warriors saltwater fishing trip is an ambitious undertaking by the Anglers Anonymous organization. It requires considerable funding to pay for chartering a commercial fishing boat, purchasing fishing tackle to be used by the vets and ingredients for the post-fishing barbecue.

Other funding events are under consideration.

The third Wounded Warriors saltwater fishing trip is tentatively set for Oct. 4. The event has been labeled “Reel World R&R.”

Following Saturday’s weigh-in, participants as well as nonentrants are encouraged to bring a dish to share for a tailgate-style potluck at the Sports Launch parking lot.

A raffle will be part of the festivities. Prize winners do not need to be present for raffle drawings.

For more information, call Anglers Anonymous president Greg Birkholz at 714-6776.

Strange end to 101 Bass season

Thanks in large part to his partner’s recent success at the lake, 101 Bass tournament director Jim Slusher shared a first-place finish for only the second time in the three-year history of the series.

The battle for Angler of the Year honors hardly played out as expected. Two teams separated by only five points placed fifth and 12th instead of challenging for the win, a reasonable expectation.

Slusher’s teammate, Erik Zillig, picked up where he left off two weeks ago at Nacimiento Lake. Tactics that enabled Zillig and his nephew to win a charity event were still productive.

“We fished shallow near the dam. While I cast Super Spooks, Jim threw swimbaits,” Zillig said. “Although we caught about 40 fish and culled frequently, our biggest fish at noon weighed only 2 1⁄2 pounds.”

The 3-pound fish Zillig landed 30 minutes prior to weigh-in was decisive.

The Slusher-Zillig duo finished with an 11.18-pound limit to edge the veteran Salinas tandem of Scott Mullins and Kelly Keating (10.91 pounds).

Entering the season’s final event, Darrin Bishop (Paso Robles) and his dad, Del Bishop (Templeton), had a five-point advantage over Darrin’s cousin, Dean Miller, and teammate Darrel Masterson.

“We only had a little over six pounds in the live well with an hour left,” Miller said. “Using plastics and rip baits helped us cull three fish.”

Added Masterson: “We needed a little bit of luck to nip the Bishops for the AOY title.”

The team from Tulare weighed an 8.09-pound limit good for fifth place and 101 points. The Bishops could not come close to their 12- to 13-pound practice limits. By finishing 12th with just 6.33 pounds, they earned 94 points. Miller and Masterson finished the season with 600 points to edge the Bishops by two points for the AOY title.

San Luis Obispo’s Joey Reggio is making a habit of catching big fish. The 4.22-pound spotted bass he landed on a jig captured “big fish” honors.

Good fortune continued Sunday for Zillig, who placed second in a Best Bass tourney at Nacimiento while Miller and Masterson won an open tourney at Success Lake.

101 Bass Top 10 (all 5-fish limits), Weight 1. Jim Slusher, Atascadero, Erik Zillig, Paso Robles, 11.18 pounds; 2. Scott Mullins, Kelly Keeling, Salinas, 10. 91 pounds; 3. Bud Aquino, Grover Beach, Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, 10.76 pounds; 4. Dustin Selck, Atascadero, Sal Rocha, Grover Beach, 9.00 pounds; 5. Dean Miller, Darrel Masterson, Tulare, 8.90 pounds; 6. Austin & Larry Bonjour, Atascadero, 8.84 pounds; 7. George Stamper, Paso Robles, Byron Hallett, Templeton, 8.78 pounds; 8. Nick Salvucci, Atascadero, 8.46 pounds; 9. Fred & Freddy Ledesma, Soledad, 8.29 pounds; 10. Jerry Waldrip, Richard Neal, Bakersfield, 6.61 pounds. 1st Big Fish, 4.22 pounds, Aquino & Reggio.

Lintner watch

Last week, Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner finished out of the money for the first time this season in Bassmaster Elite competition.

At Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark., Lintner placed 85th. He dropped from second to eighth in the Elite Angler-of-the-Year standings. Lintner has 366 points.

Mark Davis, who has topped the AOY standings all season, has 412 points. He’s one up on Dardanelle victor Greg Hackney.

Lintner, who is in his ninth season on the Elite tour, can enjoy some home cooking and family life for almost three weeks. His next pro date will be the sixth stop on the eight-event schedule. That will be June 11-15 at Lake Chickamauga, in Dayton, Tenn.

Virg’s Landing

Last week’s jackpot winners were Richard Smitley, Fresno, and Mike Hilburg, Paso Robles, both 11-0 lings, Kandie Fredricks and Micah White, both Paso Robles, and David Robles, Morro Bay, all 10-0 lings, Pat Russell, West Point, and Ricky Millar, Paso Robles, both 9-0 lings, Blake Allaro, Delano, and Landen Tompkins, Fresno, both 8-0 lings, and Jose Sanchez, Shafter, 6-0 ling.

For trip schedules and reservations, go to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.

Patriot Sportfishing

Jackpot winners last week were: Dwayne Hallford, Visalia, 16-8 ling, Robert Avila, Bakersfield, 10-5 ling, Don Gates, Bakersfield, 9-0 ling, David Brinkley, Santa Maria, 8-0 cabezon, Jim Barto, Templeton, and Ken Sherwood, Bakersfield, both 7-0 lings, Mike Alsit, Santa Maria, 5-0 red rockcod, and Ken Sherwood, Bakersfield, 3-0 bolina.

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

Port San Luis Boatyard

Dick Goldstein took Whopper of the Week honors with a 161⁄4-pound lingcod caught May 14. The young rockcod season’s best lingcod haul (136 fish) was posted last week by anglers aboard 86 launched boats.

Whale Rock

Five of the 10 trout caught last week were taken by anonymous anglers. On Sunday, Mr. No Name landed four trout measuring 16 inches, 17 inches and a pair of 18s. The other anonymous fisherman bagged a 16-inch fish Saturday. Phil Vanzee caught a 17-inch trout on May 15, while Jeremy Harkins reeled in 16- and 17-inch trout May 16. Brandon Krips retrieved 15- and 16-inch trout May 17.

PowerBait was the bait taken by all 10 fish. The turnout was only six anglers.

Cachuma Lake

Bass fishing improved last week as the weather warmed. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and drop-shotting all were effective strategies for both largemouths and smallmouths. Catfish became more active.

“Work the backs of coves and cuts,” suggested marina manager Ken Hemer. “The cistern continues to be a prime location for crappie. Anglers are using jigs tipped with a mealworm or crappie nibble. Trout are moving deeper. Leadcore line trolled down four colors with Rapalas or Needlefish has been productive near the dam. Drifting nightcrawlers has also been a winner.”