Fishing Report: Orcutt angler lands seabass whopper

“Anything can happen on the ocean,” Steve Reisbeck said after his fishing experience Friday.

That truth was played out one more time for the Orcutt angler aboard friend Dave Hartmann’s boat, a 23-foot Striper christened “Vitamin Sea.”

Essentially this was a salmon excursion. At least that was the intent when the duo left the Port San Luis sports launch.

Their day on the water began around 7 a.m. but the highlight came several hours later.

They were trolling 50-pound test Trilene Big Game line. A “Crow Bar” hook was baited with anchovy. The hook was barbless, a requirement when pursuing salmon. The waters they were plying were by the Red Light Buoy, approximately 11⁄2 miles outside the Port San Luis harbor. When the hookup occurred, line went screaming off Reisbeck’s reel.

“I could see that I had more than a fish on my line,” he said. “A sea lion was attempting to steal the fish.”

Because the intruder was somewhat smaller than the fish, it gave up the ride early.

“It took us about 15 minutes to get the fish in the boat,” Reisbeck said.

What the pair hauled on board around 9 a.m. was a 50-pound, 3-ounce white seabass. It was one of three caught that day.

Reisbeck can now share bragging rights with his son, Nick. “About a year ago, fishing with a friend out of Gaviota, Nick caught a 50-pounder,” Steve Reisbeck said.

“When they are that big the seabass are referred to as tanker seabass.”

“When I got home my wife (Jeani) measured my seabass” Reisbeck said. “It was 53 or 54 inches long.”

Reisbeck and Hartmann also caught two salmon, weighing 19 and 10 pounds.

Reisbeck’s seabass earned Whopper of the Week honors. The reward is a free boat launch. Yes, the white seabass was the biggest Reisbeck has caught.

“My previous best was a 40-pounder about four years ago,” he said. “This wasn’t the first time I’ve been fishing for salmon and came home with a seabass. It’s quite an exciting experience.”

Morro Bay Landing

Jackpot information has not been logged on many recent trips. Visalia’s Doug Walls was a winner with an 8-pound lingcod aboard the San Pedro Special on June 5.

A Father’s Day special is being offered Sunday on an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip. Dads pay $59 and can bring along a child 12 or younger for free. Saturday’s trip is sold out. A 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trip for $69 is on Friday’s agenda.

Call 771-5500 for reservations and more information.

Virg’s Landing

Louis Sole of San Jose became the fifth qualifier for the year-end John Rowley Biggest Baddest Lingcod Contest. His 19-pound, 1-ounce lingcod was caught Sunday on the two-day trip.

Other jackpot winners included: Jim Webb, Cambria, Nicholas Orrham, San Luis Obispo, and Nick Johnson, Iowa, all 13-0 lings; Carla Acouafrefca, Fresno, 11-0 ling, Sixto Maduina, Fresno, 9-0 ling, Eva Orti, Selma, 8-0 ling, Russell Johnson, Atascadero, 7-0 ling, and Mike Molina, Paso Robles, 6-0 ling.

Caught by 26 anglers on last weekend’s two-day trip were: 104 lingcod, 410 red rockcod and 110 assorted rockfish. The next two-day trip will be June 21 and 22. The fare is: $235.

The upcoming schedule includes a 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. trip for $69 and an 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip for $59, both Saturday. A long range 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. trip for $89 highlights Sunday’s agenda. Sundowner trips are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. for $49.

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

Patriot Sportfishing

A computer glitch has limited the landing’s jackpot reports to one the past week. On June 3, Joe Torres of Arroyo Grande caught a 24-pound, 10-ounce lingcod aboard the Patriot while Ernie Yeakey of Santa Maria won with a 9-pound lingcod aboard the Black Pearl.

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

Port San Luis Boatyard

Last week, 114 boats were dispatched. The catch included 71 lingcod, 23 salmon and three white seabass. Three-quarter rockcod limits were logged five days. Full limits were caught June 6 and half limits were caught June 3.

Whale Rock

Six of the 10 trout caught during the June 4-8 open period were harvested with PowerBait. The other four went for nightcrawlers.

On June 4, Phil Vanzee caught a 17-incher, two 15-inchers and a 14-incher using PowerBait. James Taylor also used PowerBait on June 6 for a 16.5-inch trout. Joe Reynolds caught a 16- and an 18-incher Sunday. One was on PowerBait and the other on a crawler.

On Sunday, Jeremy Harkins improved his catch for the season to 11 by landing 19-, 16- and 15-inch rainbows on crawlers.

Best Bass report

The sixth and final 2014 season Coastal Region bass tournament held at Nacimiento Lake on Saturday was won by the Salinas duo of Scott and Tim Mullins.

Their 8.26-pound limit was anchored by the second big fish of the event, 2.92 pounds. Their winnings were $1,490.

A trio of teams from the Central Coast placed in the top eight. Jay Short of Templeton and Damon Meeks of Atascadero finished sixth and earned $190 for their 7.42-pound limit. Austin Bonjour and Chase Austin of Atascadero finished seventh with a7.19-pound limit, and Danny Conatser of King City and Dan Dostal of Grover Beach finished eighth with a 7.11- pound limit. Only the top six teams earned money.

Four local teams finished in the top 10 in the final standings. They are: 4. Conatser-Dostal 859 points, 6. Pat Schmidt, Templeton, Terry Wolf, Santa Margarita, 835; 8. Dan Barrios and Charlie Barrios, San Luis Obispo, 811; 10. Clay and Paul Gates, Paso Robles, 805.

Lopez Lake

The lake received these two recent trout plants. On Tuesday, 4,400 pounds (approximately 2,000 fish) and May 21, 6,750 pounds (approximately 2,700 fish). A kids fishing clinic starts at 9 a.m., June 21. Adult members of the Friends of Lopez Lake will be instructors. The event is open to anyone 16 and younger. Equipment will be provided.

Nacimiento Lake

“There’s still plenty of water in the lake,” Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal said. “It’s at least 10 miles long.”

Resident John Tate caught a lot of white bass June 5, trollling Kastmasters near the main marina. Bunky Giles, with Jack and Brad Foster, caught 25 fish, a mix of spots and white bass on Monday and 17 fish on Tuesday, 15 of them spots.”