Fishing Report: Veterans reel in plenty of fish

Two World War II veterans had starring performances Saturday in the third-annual Reel World R&R fishing trip sponsored by Anglers Anonymous Central Coast.

Johnny Rosa, 96, a Los Osos resident, and Ruben Robert Duarte, 89, of San Luis Obispo, caught limits of fish Saturday. They received a helping hand from Brodie McDonald, the 7-year-old son of crew member Bobby McDonald.

Their combined saltwater angling talents assured limits all around for the 25 vets on board. Samuel Kresh, a veteran from Victorville, won the drawing for a saltwater fishing rod. Gregory Campbell, a vet from San Miguel, was the drawing winner for a future ocean fishing trip with three buddies of his choice. This trip was donated by Joe Anderton, owner of J & T Full On Fishing Charters of Morro Bay.

The Atascadero and Bay Osos Kiwanis Clubs prepared an after-fishing barbecue for the veterans at Tidelands Park.

A large dose of resiliency on the part of Virg’s John Rowley and Greg Birkholz, president of Anglers Anonymous, went into this venture.

The 65-foot Princess had been chartered for the mission of taking a cluster of veterans fishing. But, the vessel was on an National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration NOAA mission out of the area. Friday night, Virg’s was notified that the Princess would not return to Morro Bay in time.

The 55-foot Fiesta from Virg’s fleet and the Ruth Anne and Provision, boats owned by Steve and Owen Hackleman, were booked as replacements.

Tri Valley Club fish-off

Big motor boat problems plagued Dan Dostal and Russ Minneau all day Sept. 27 during the Tri Valley Club fish-off at Nacimiento Lake. But they were able to win for the first time while limited to fishing close to the marina.

Efforts to contact the duo to learn how they did it were unsuccessful.

The winners were one of five teams that weighed six-fish team limits. Their bag weighed 8.93 pounds. The margin of victory was 0.91 pounds.

Thirteen teams entered the season-ending tournament.

Steve Vidmar concluded his 16th season as the Tri Valley tournament director by challenging for his first club win in several years. He fished with his brother-in-law and longtime partner, Phil Infante from Long Beach.

“We had eight keepers in the morning but not much in the afternoon,” Vidmar said. “I thought we were in pretty good shape with our bag (8.02 pounds). I used tube baits while Phil caught fish on jigs.”

Big-fish honors went to Johnny Johnson and Rob Marquez with a 3.11-pound bass. The Santa Margarita father-and-son team of Greg and Mike Higgins took Angler of the Year laurels in their third season of competition.

Tri Valley Top 10, Number of Fish, Weight

1, Russ Minneau, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach. 6, 8.93 pounds; 2. Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, Phil Infante, Long Beach, 6, 8.02 pounds; 3. Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Brian Nawrocki, Atascadero, 6, 7.17 pounds; 4. Bill & Pat Twomey, Lompoc, 6, 7.07 pounds; 5. Dustin & Ted McAllister, San Luis Obispo, 6, 6.84 pounds; 6. Robert Gardiner, Dale Litwiler, Lompoc, 5, 5.98 pounds; 7. Johnny Johnson, Santa Maria, Rob Marques, Orcutt, 3, 5.49 pounds; 8. Greg & Mike Higgins, Santa Margarita, 4, 5.36 pounds; 9. Mike Michaud, Josh Signorelli, Lompoc, 3, 3.85 pounds; 10. Frank Fernandes, Santa Maria, Janet Ross, Santa Margarita, 2, 2.34 pounds.

1st Big Fish, 3.11 pounds, Johnson & Marquez.

Virg’s Landing

Auberry’s Gary Schlunebber became the 22nd qualifier for the year-end John Rowley Lingcod Derby.

He caught a 15-pound, 8-ounce lingcod, the heaviest of the week when 296 anglers vied for the qualification. The fisherman who reels in the heaviest lingcod of the week earns a berth in the Rowley event scheduled for Dec. 6.

Other jackpot winners were: Jesse Perales, Morro Bay, 12-0 ling, Brad Friedman, Morro Bay, and Bob Richardson, Coalinga, both 11-5 lings, Mark Wilson, Bakersfield, 10-5 lings, Ron Spaulding, Paso Robles, and Ron Keck, Morro Bay, both 10-0 lings, and Glen Mac, Morro Bay, 6-0 ling.

The catch by 296 anglers last week included 206 lingcod, 540 red rockcod, 2,150 assorted rockfish, one cabezon and two sole.

The next two overnight trips, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 15-16 are booked. Space is available on the Nov. 29-30, Dec. 13-14, and Dec. 27-28 overnighters for $235.

Call 772-1222 for reservations more information. Reservations also may be booked at www.virgs.com.

Patriot Sportfishing

Lingcod weighing from 5 pounds to 17 pounds, 1 ounce won jackpots last week.

Arroyo Grande’s Dave Prague had the biggest ling, 17-l. Other winners and the weight of their lings were: Kevin Rhea, Visalia, and Greg Davis, Taft, both 11-0,Vidal Cassares, Kingsburg, and Billy Perry, Lompoc, both 10-0, Bruce Hudson, Santa Maria, 8-5, Greg Moore, Atascadero, 8-0 and Kim Arias, Cal Poly, 5-0.

The fish count for 212 passengers was 90 lingcod, 162 red rockcod, 32 cabezon, and 1,157 assorted rockfish.

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

Port San Luis Boatyard

Nine halibut were caught last week and the 14-pound, 8-ounce flattie Chris McDermit of Los Osos had weighed on Oct. 4 earned Whopper of the Week honors.

Last week, 114 boats were launched and anglers on board brought in 133 lingcod and five white seabass in addition to the halibut.

Morro Bay Landing

Jackpots last week were claimed by Thurman Williams of Pacoima and Ethan Frice of San Luis Obispo with lingcods weighing 15 pounds and 11 pounds, respectively.

On two trips last weekend 79 passengers caught 26 lingcod,100 red rockcod ad 650 assorted rockfish.

For reservations go to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.

Whale Rock

For the ninth week this season, no trout were caught. The reservoir has been open for 24 weeks (119 days) but only one trout has been caught in the past five weeks and three in the past six weeks.

Four anglers unsuccessfully fished the facility last week. The turnout for the season numbers 474 anglers. Whale Rock is open for fishing Wednesdays through Sundays.

Nacimiento Lake

From Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal: “Bunky Childs, Jack and Brad Foster, plus two other buddies, caught limits of spotted bass to three pounds. That was on Tuesday. They were fishing the flats between Dip Creek and Las Tablas Coves using Kastmasters.”

Cachuma Lake

Last week’s heat wave put a damper on the catfish bite. “Most anglers reported only fair action,” marina manger Ken Hemer said.

“The best action was in Cachuma Bay, where fly lining cut mackerel produced the best results. The bass bite fell off also at main lake points.”