Fishing Report: Upcoming John Rowley lingcod event will feature nine local competitors

The Central Coast will be well represented when the John Rowley lingcod event is staged Dec. 6.

Nine local residents are among the 25 who have qualified for the conclusion of the season-long competition.

Just five weeks remain for qualification, which is achieved by catching the biggest lingcod each week.

There have been two women anglers who have punched their tickets to the John Rowley Lingcod Extravaganza thus far. They are 13-year-old Sophia Louviere of Pasadena and Katherine Robles of Fresno.

Local fishermen who have qualified for the big pay-off event include Freddy Gleason and Jesse Spencer of Morro Bay, Micah White and Jim Webb from Cambria, Troy Williams and George Suchard of San Luis Obispo, Clay Chisum of Atascadero, Brian Ivie of Paso Robles and Larry Austin of Oceano.

Since the start of the 2014 ocean fishing season in May, $1 from every paid fare has been set aside for the tournament pot. At the end of September, prize money totaled $7,277.

The winner in the December competition will win 50 percent of the pot while second place will earn 30 percent and third place 20 percent.

Virg’s Landing

San Jose’s Louis Sole had last week’s big lingcod, 24 pounds, 12 ounces. He had qualified for the Rowley event in the fifth week of the season. Because of that, Frank Murillo from Los Angeles, who had the second biggest lingcod (16 pounds, 4 ounces), became qualifier No. 25.

Other jackpot winners were Jim Webb, Cambria, 16-2, Greg Veach, Visalia, 15-8, Larry Robinson, Bakersfield, 15-5, Joy Sayarath, Fresno, 15-0, David Glesmon, Fresno, 10-4, and Terry Moore, Fresno, 8-0.

Caught last week by the 196 rockcod anglers were 176 lingcod, 745 red rockcod, 1,211 assorted rockfish and one sheephead.

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

Patriot Sportfishing

Owner Wade Gavin advised that crab fishing trips will be offered Mondays and Fridays starting Nov. 17. The crab season opens Nov.15 and that’s when Patriot will put in crab pots. The combination rockcod and crab trips will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will cost $74.

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

A 13-pound lingcod was the heaviest jackpot winner last week. Rocky Bartlett of San Pedro had the honor. Other jackpot winners were: James Ronsoma and Gary Silva, both of Santa Maria, Merrill Chill, Lompoc, and Sean Jensen, Shell Beach, all 10-0 lings, and Telesfao Galindo, Grover Beach, 2-0 blue rockcod.

The catch by 222 anglers last week included 98 lingcod, 241 red rockcod, 293 bolina, 1 341 assorted rockfish and two cabezon.

Morro Bay Landing

Only one trip went out of the landing last week. Nick Deniz from Tulare was the jackpot winner with a 10-pound lingcod.

The San Pedro Special transported 33 anglers. They caught 8 lingcod, 30 red rockcod, and 300 assorted rockfish.

For reservations and trip schedules, go online to www.morrobaylanding.com or call 771-5500.

Port San Luis Boatyard

The catch last week featured 38 lingcod and four halibut. Nothing was weighed, hence no Whopper of the Week.

Most of the activity was on the weekend, when 22 boats were launched Saturday and 26 Sunday. No boats were dispatched Oct. 21. Full rockcod limits were recorded over the weekend and half limits four days.

Whale Rock

For the 11th week this season, no trout were caught. Six fishermen showed up, bringing the total for the season to 496. The reservoir has been open for fishing 134 days. Thus far, 110 trout have been caught. Whale Rock is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Nacimiento Lake

Spotted bass are being caught by experienced fishermen, reports Dave Rymal from Heritage Ranch. Mark Rodriguez and Doug Rice fished along weed lines with black spinnerbaits to bag limits of spots.

Bunky Giles, Brad Foster and Jack Foster used Kastmasters and plastic worms to catch their limits of spots.

Lopez Lake

Anglers targeting panfish are having satisfactory results fishing from a variety of traditional locations. Bass fishermen are a close-lipped group, usually practicing for tournaments and not sharing how they’re catching them. That’s the report from marina operator J. Randy Van Otterloo.

Cachuma Lake

“Catfish went ballistic last week in Cachuma Bay,” reported marina manger Ken Hemer. “The bite was fueled by an influx of shad. Smallmouth bass are providing sporadic action all over the lake on reaction baits as well as bottom bumping techniques.”