More than 100 of the world’s best bass anglers head for a final regular season tournament venue that will be undoubtedly more productive than the one they left behind a week ago.
Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner and the 105 other Bassmaster Elite pros close out the 2014 regular season next week starting Aug. 21 at Cayuga Lake in upstate New York near Union Springs and Auburn.
What the pros left behind was a nightmare on the Delaware River near Philadelphia.
Lintner was one of only 23 entrants who weighed a five-fish limit on Day 1. He managed just one fish on Day 2. His 1-pound, 15-ounce bass caused him to tumble from 27th place to 51st, a mere eight ounces shy of collecting a $10,000 check.
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Efforts to contact Lintner regarding his thoughts about Philly were unsuccessful.
Nearly the entire field had difficulties on the Delaware River, which was having seven-foot tidal swings. The 106 anglers managed just 16 limits on Day 2. The field was cut to 50 anglers for Day 3, when there were just 12 limits. Only five of the final 12 qualifiers managed a limit during Sunday’s final title run.
The pros managed just 56 limits over four days and caught only 748 bass.
Lintner will qualify for the Angler of the Year Championship scheduled Sept. 18-21 at Little Bay de Noc/Big Bay de Noc in Escanaba, Mich.
Lintner, a nine-year Elite pro, dropped only three places in the AOY standings last week. He is in 11th place with 516 points. His early season results have put him in a good place — 13th, 18th, 12th and 11th.
A year ago, Lintner placed 27th in the AOY tournament, earning a $10,000 check. The top 50 anglers in the regular season qualify for the prestigious AOY championship event.
A Central Coast angler, Jeff Spencer of Grover Beach, caught last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 17-pound, 15-ounce lingcod. He was fishing aboard the Sea Angler on Sunday.
Other jackpot winners included: Kyler Blevins, Porterville, 13-5 ling; Kevin Rhea, Visalia, 12-9 ling; Jeff Stubbs, Lemoore, 12-8 ling; Jim Davis, Arroyo Grande, 12-1 ling; John Hrdlicka, Avila Beach, 11-9 ling; Roger York, San Luis Obispo, 10-8 ling; Chris Plunk, Grover Beach, 10-0 ling; Mark Masicampo, San Luis Obispo, 7-5 ling; and Vince Searcy, Shafter, 7-0 ling.
Patriot boats accommodated 412 anglers last week. The catch included: 357 lingcod, 354 red rockcod, 2,688 assorted rockfish, 530 bolina, and 22 cabezon.
A Long Range (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) trip on Sunday highlights the weekend schedule. The fare is $82. Both Friday and Sunday’s 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips are planned with $59 fares. Only trip on Saturday’s agenda is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $69.
For reservations and more information, call 595-7200 or visit www.patrioitsportfishing.com.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Harvests of 150 lingcod and 77 white seabass topped last week’s catch, which included 11 halibut and 10 salmon. Full rockcod limits were recorded six days. The exception was Saturday, when three-quarter limits were logged. One hundred thirty boats were launched. No fish were weighed, hence no Whopper of the Week winner.
Morro Bay Landing
Atascadero’s Gordon Hilchey had the heaviest lingcod of the week. Fishing aboard the San Pedro Special on Saturday, he cranked up an 11-pound, 8-ounce fish. Other jackpot winners included: Toby Scott, Los Angeles, and Rebecca Carnes, Waterford, both 11-0 lings; Charlie Santi, Cayucos, 10-0 ling; Roni Burks, Ivanhoe, 9-8 ling; Caleb Minavik, South Dakota, 8-0 ling; and Stephan Ramirez, Bakersfield, 7-0 ling.
The 187 anglers transported last week caught: 35 lingcod, 60 red rockcod, and 1,699 assorted rockfish.
Interest in the offshore performances of humpback whales has not subsided. Call 771-5500 for reservations. On Friday and Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., whale watch trips are scheduled. Fares are $40 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. The angling schedule includes 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. trips Friday and Sunday for fares of $59. A 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday trip goes for $69. Visit online at www.morrobaylanding.com.
Two-day trips are a Monday-Tuesday offering. Next trip departs at 9 a.m. Monday and returns at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. The fare is $235.
Mike Ochoa from Truckee became the 14th qualifier for the year-end John Rowley lingcod contest. He had last week's biggest ling (18-5) to punch his ticket for the championship event.
Other jackpot winners included: Jim Webb, Cambria, 17-8 ling; Kevin Lamley, Madera, 16-5 ling; Ricky Langland, Visalia, 15-5 ling; Mike Kelly, Half Moon Bay, 14-12 ling; Rex Davis, Bakersfield, 14-6 ling; Ryan Keck, Cambria, and Nathan Pierce, Idaho, both 12-0 lings; Mason Riley, Bakersfield, 10-2 ling; Steven Frost, Grover Beach, 7-0 red rockcod; Eddie Neighbarger, San Bernardino, 6-0 ling; and Preston Rollin, Riverdale, 5-0 ling.
Caught last week by 490 rockcod customers were: 215 lingcod, 781 red rockcod, 3,109 assorted rockfish, three sheephead and two cabezon.
Long Range (6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) trips are scheduled Fridays and Sundays for fares of $89. Shallow water trips are on the agenda Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $69. Fishing is in 40 to 100 feet of water.
For reservations go online to www.virgs.com or call 772-1222.
Kids Fishing Clinic
Friends of Lopez Lake are sponsoring a kids fishing clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s free for youngsters age 15 and under. Fishing equipment and bait will be furnished. Attendees will be instructed about basics of fishing and outdoor ethics. Kids will have an opportunity to fish after instruction. The standard vehicle fee will be charged.
For the fourth week in a row, no fish were caught by the nine anglers who tried. Through Sunday, it has been 31 days since the last trout was caught. The reservoir has been open for 78 days this season. Attendance has been 407 anglers with a trout harvest of 99 fish. Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.
According to the marina reporter, fishing for crappie and bluegill is “very good.” Nightcrawlers and red worms are working for bluegill while crappie prefer crappie jigs baited with crappie nibbles. Trout have retreated to deep, colder water. Recently, Willie Dumas, Cypress, caught a 6-pound largemouth with a purple plastic worm. He was fishing at Marina Point.
Both large and smallmouth bass are biting on drop shot plastics, jigs and nightcrawlers at main lake points. Catfish are at the backs of coves and can be enticed with cut mackerel and dough balls. Carp are on the surface early at the mouth of Clark Canyon. Then they retreat to banks around the lake. The