One big fish leads to a winning team at ABA tournament

Special to The Tribune

“Fishing Nacimiento is a crapshoot. We got lucky and rolled a seven.”

Those were the words from Todd Reccord, half of the winning team at last Saturday’s first American Bass Pacific Region tournament.

“You need one lucky fish, and we stumbled on one,” Reccord said.

His new partner in ABA events this season, Arroyo Grande’s Mike Maddux, hooked what proved to be the tournament’s “big fish.”

“I knew I had a big one on and thought I’d land it myself as it was swimming toward our boat,” Maddux said. “But once the fish saw the boat, it took off. Todd handled netting her.

“The 4.29-pound tournament big fish was the biggest spotted bass I’ve seen at Nacimiento. It was a once-a-year fish.”

The winning duo had a limit in the first 10 minutes of the tournament. Their big one was “probably about the 20th one we caught,” Maddux noted.

Their 10.37-pound bag was 1.74 pounds better than the runner-up team of Joey Reggio and Kyle Greenlaw of San Luis Obispo.

The father-son tandem of Fred and Freddie Ledesma from Soledad had the second largest fish, 2.46 pounds.

Damon Meeks of Atascadero and partner Erik Zillig of Paso Robles had the third largest fish, 2.20 pounds.

Bobby Doss, the longtime tournament director, has elected to focus on those duties and not participate as Todd Reccord’s partner. Reccord also handles the weigh master duties.

Because of the uncertainty about lakes having sufficient water this tournament season, all six ABA Pacific tournaents are scheduled for Lake Nacimiento. The next one is scheduled for Jan. 9.

ABA Pacific, Top 10, All 5-Fish Limits, Weight, Winnings: 1.Todd Reccord, Paso Robles, Mike Maddux, Arroyo Grande, 10.37 pounds, $2,530; 2. Joey Reggio, Kyle Greenlaw, San Luis Obispo, 8.63 pounds, $890; 3. Gene Gray, Atascadero, Jay Short, Templeton, 8.51 pounds, $400; 4. Chase Austin, Jeramie Dyer, Templeton, 8.51 pounds, $160; 5. Damon Meeks, Atascadero, Erik Zillig, Paso Robles, 8.04 pounds, $183; 6. August Kinney, Mark Scribner, Pismo Beach, 7.82 pounds; 7. Matt Clausen, Prunedale, Jason Lazzerini, Moss Landing, 7.59 pounds; 8. Fred and Freddie Ledesma, Soledad, 7.58 pounds; 9. Stanley Beebe, San Luis Obispo, Andrew Levy, Grover Beach, 7.49 pounds; 10. Jerry Waldrip, Bakersfield, Richard Neal, Clovis, 7.37 pounds.

1st Big Fish: 4.29 pounds, Reccord and Maddux, $270; 2nd Big Fish: 2.46 pounds, Ledesma and Ledesma, $162; 3rd Big Fish: 2.20 pounds, Meeks and Zillig, $108.

Virg’s Lingcod Event Postponed

The weekend forecast for 17- to 20-foot seas has prompted Virg’s to postpone Saturday’s John Rowley Lingcod competition until April or May. That was the message from Bruce Harwood, Virg’s general manager.

In a telephone conversation he said that the 36 qualifiers for the Second Annual John Rowley Lingcod event were being contacted and advised of the postponement.

Port San Luis Boatyard

There was no Whopper of the Week winner last week. But overlooked the previous week was a 57-pound, 2-ounce white seabass caught by Lompoc’s Jeff Andrew on Nov. 23. It was the “Whopper” for that week.

No boats were launched either Tuesday or Wedneesday last week. Thirty-three boats were dispatched during the week ending Dec. 6. The catch included 43 lingcod and two bonito. Three quarter rockcod limits were logged four days and half limits once.

The catch included 43 lingcod and two bonito.

Patriot Sportfishing

A 15.7-pound lingcod caught by Arroyo Grande’s Arnold Luisi and a 9.0-pound ling caught by Santa Maria’s Keith Bow were the only reported jackpot winners last week.

Thirty-three anglers on two trips caught 49 lingcod, 50 red rockcod, 68 assorted rockfish, 64 copper rockfish and one bonito.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 595-7200.

Morro Bay Landing

A 15-pound lingcod caught by Andrew Bartlik of New York City topped last week’s jackpot winners. Others were Bakersfield’s Jack Childs and Charles Espitia, both with 13.0 lings, and Rosie Vickers Sr. of Bakersfield with a10.0 ling.

The catch by 88 anglers was: 148 lingcod, 361 red rockcod, and 519 assorted rockfish.

For trip schedules and reservations, call 771-5500.

Santa Margarita Lake

Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “Bank fisherman Nathan Clough of Atascadero landed a 6-pound largemouth bass on a spinnerbait. He was fishing north of the marina. Catfish have been providing most of the action. Local angler Dick Davis landed eight catfish ranging from 6- to 10-pounders. He was fishing from the White Oak dock. Later in the week he caught six more whiskerfish at the same location.”

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