Fishing Report: Humpback whales are popular attraction off the Morro Bay coast

There’s an out-of-season show going on off the coast of Morro Bay these days.

Showtimes are between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. because that’s when Morro Bay Landing is sending a boat out to view the attraction.

Humpback whales that come almost full length out of the water are the featured attraction.

They are much different than the California grey whales that move up and down the coast during the winter. When that species surfaces, the viewings are brief and onlookers see whale backs and not much more.

Porpoises are sharing top billing in the current shows.

Morro Bay Landing has scheduled whale watching trips Friday and again Sunday. Cost is $40 for adults and $25 for and children 12 and younger.

Patriot Sportfishing

Tulare angler Jeff Lucas had last week’s “big fish,” an 18-pound lingcod.

San Luis Obispo’s Roger York won three jackpots with 13-5 12-2, and 11-0 lings. Other winners included: Zachary Dodd, Bakersfield, 14-0 ling, Caesar Chang, Rowland Heights, 12-4 ling, Brant Robinson, Bakersfield, 12-0 ling, Richard Banks, Pismo Beach, Jeff Gray, Templeton, both 10-0 lings, Brant Cate, Ridgecrest, 9-0 ling, Mike Skipper, Grover Beach, Anne Burlington, Woodbridge, and Lewis Johnson, Orcutt, all 8-0 lings, Lino Longboy, Fresno, 8-0 red rockcod, Kolton Keney, Clovis, 6-3 ling, and Autumn Beck, Atascadero, 3-0 blue rockcod.

Last week, 506 anglers caught 204 lingcod, 350 red rockcod, 32 cabezon, 2,762 assorted rockfish, 708 bolina, one kelp greenling and one rubber lip perch.

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

Port San Luis Boatyard

Fishermen aboard 159 launched boats caught 157 lingcod, 47 salmon, two halibut and one white seabass last week. Full rockcod limits were registered five days. Twice there were three-quarter rockcod limits.

The Whopper of the Week, a 27-pound, 8-ounce salmon, was caught by an Arroyo Grande angler known only as Jason. The staff did not record his last name.

Virg’s Landing

Cambria’s Ron Keck became the latest qualifier for the year-end John Rowley Lingcod competition. His 14-pound, 1-ounce lingcod was the heftiest one caught last week.

A weekly feature trip occurs Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. when the angling is done in from 40 to 100 feet of water. Cost is $69.

Results of Saturday’s fishing aboard three boats saw 92 anglers catch 19 lingcod, 120 red rockcod, 800 assorted rockfish and limits for everyone.

Brad Leage piloted the Princess up the coast on a 10-hour long-range trip Sunday. Twenty-five passengers caught 33 lingcod, 80 red rockcod and 170 assorted rockfish. These 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. trips are offered Fridays and Sundays for $89.

Other jackpot winners last week included: Bryan Rozo, Grover Beach, 13-2 ling, Nick Scott, Bakersfield, 12-0 ling, Kaitlyn Ritz, Selma, 11-8 ling, Ralph Boon, Paso Robles, 10-10 ling, Rossi Briskill, North Dakota, 10-0 ling, Robert Renken, Cayucos, 8-2 ling, Chris Skaff, Cayucos, 7-3 ling, Ron Keck, Cambria, 7-0 ling, and Tony Villarreal, Rancho Cucamonga, 6-13 ling.

The catch by 320 passengers last week included 112 lings, 535 red rockcod and 2326 assorted rockfish.

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

Morro Bay Landing

Ellen Fukumoto, wife of the landing’s manager, Glenn, caught the big fish of the week, a 15-pound lingcod that took jackpot honors July 3.

Other winners included Tony Sesock, Fresno, 14-0 ling, Jim Shumate, Paso Robles, 10-1 ling, Rider Mavar, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Don Simonic, Lindsay, both 9-0 lings, and Nicole Bundy, Massachusetts, a 9-pound wolf eel.

The 101 passengers aboard the San Pedro Special last week caught 49 lingcod, 130 red rockcod and 836 assorted rock fish.

On Friday, and again Sunday, half-day trips from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. are scheduled with adult fares of $59. Sunday’s trip offers one free child ticket with a paid adult.

For reservations and trip schedules, call 771-5500.

Whale Rock

The turnouts continue to be good — 44 last week. That brings the year’s total to 304.

Just four fish were caught, bringing the 2014 total to 93. An anonymous angler caught a 17-inch trout using PowerBait on Saturday. Jeremy Harkins was at it again, catching 14-, 18-, and 21-inch rainbows, using cheese for bait. He has caught 31 trout for the year. Anonymous anglers have landed 20 trout.

Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays to Sundays.

Nacimiento Lake

Hot weather has kept most fishermen off the lake. Early risers are the only ones catching fish, notes Dave Rymal, Heritage Ranch reporter.

Lopez Lake Marina manager Aaron Boyd says PowerBait is working for trout fishermen as well as No. 3 and 5 Rapalas. Crappie, bluegill and redear are dining on red worms and mealworms.

Cachuma Lake

“The past week’s heat wave shut down most of the action except for catfish. The species continues to provide steady action for bank anglers and boaters,” marina manger Ken Hemer reports.

“Fly-lined cut mackerel in shallow coves such as Santa Cruz and Cachuma Bays has produced some nice stringers with fish up to 5 pounds.

“Bass fishing has been slow while a few trout were taken on drifted crawlers.”