Outdoors

Just a few weeks remain until a champion is crowned in Patriot Sportfishing’s lingcod competition

The leader in Patriot Sportfishing’s 11th Annual Lingcod competition is still waiting to be crowned this year’s champion.

San Luis Obispo’s Abdul Samaan has held the lead since July 16, when he boated a 23-pounder.

He has owned the lead for 150 days through Dec. 13.

If he holds serve through the end of the year, he would be champion with the seventh-heaviest lingcod in the history of the event.

The competition record of 29.7 pounds was set in 2013 by Shane McGraw of San Luis Obispo. He made the catch Dec. 27 of that year. It was the latest the competition was decided.

Surf Perch Are Biting

Large surf perch are being caught at Guadalupe Beach. The perch reportedly measure 12 to 14 inches, and the most productive baits have reportedly been gulp worms and shrimp.

Otherwise, fishing activity between Dec. 7 and 13 was almost nil.

High seas kept sportfishing boats at Patriot Sportfishing and Morro Bay Landing on moorings except for Dec. 9. Virg’s did not run a trip last week.

The Coast Guard closed the Morro Bay harbor entrance for several days.

Patriot Sportfishing

An 8-pound lingcod caught by angler Matt Gramespacher took jackpot honors on the lone trip out of Patriot Sportfishing.

There were only 16 anglers aboard the Avenger. The 46 fish caught included three lingcod, eight red rockcod and 35 assorted rockfish.

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

Morro Bay Landing

A three-quarter day trip aboard Endeavor on Dec. 9 was the week’s only trip.

Eighteen anglers caught 27 lingcod, 16 red rockcod and 164 assorted rockfish. Don Vinson of Los Osos claimed jackpot honors with a catch of a 14-pound lingcod.

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

Virg’s Landing

Four- to six-foot swells are forecast for the weekend, so Virg’s will be back in business after a week of no trips. The two-day trip to Cape San Martin departs at 10 p.m. Friday. It is fully booked.

Three-quarter- and half-day trips with fares of $69 and $57, respectively, have openings.

The 2015 saltwater fishing season ends Dec. 31.

“Weather permitting, we will run a one-day trip to Cape San Martin aboard the Princess on Dec. 31. The fare is $125,” Virg’s general manager Bruce Harwood said.

During Morro Bay’s traditional Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 5, the Princess was named “the best lighted boat.”

Port San Luis Boatyard

No boats were launched last week. It was the first time that happened in 2015. There were zero launches for three days from Nov. 16 to 22 and two idle days Nov. 23 to 29, and again Nov. 30 to Dec. 6.

Lake Nacimiento

Heritage Ranch reporter Dave Rymal delivered some sad news this week.

“One of the great fisherman on this lake and a friend of everybody, Bunky Giles, died on Monday, Dec. 14. He was 82. His name has appeared in my reports numerous times in the past several years. Bunky frequently fished with buddies Brad and Jack Foster. He will be missed.”

Santa Margarita Lake

Marina Manager Ken Hemer said: “Weather conditions kept most anglers at home this past week. Reports were hard to come by. Catfish provided the most consistent action. They have been dining on cut baits such as nightcrawlers. The White Oak area and fishing docks have been the prime locations.”

Lake Levels

Lake

Capacity

Current Level

Percent

Lopez

49,388.0

13,976.9

28.3

Nacimiento

377,900

87,740

23

Santa Margarita

23,842.9

2,977.1

12.5

Whale Rock

38,966.5

16,701.4

42.9

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