Cal Poly will be well represented next spring when the FLW College Bass fishing championship is decided on a lake not yet announced.
There will be three teams of Mustangs in the 2017 College Championships.
Cal Poly had standout performances in two of the three tests in 2016 — a first, eighth and ninth in the February opener on Shasta Lake and a second May 25 in the third test on the California Delta.
Two weeks ago, the team of Christopher LeClair and Clayton Lauchland finished runner-up to a team from Chico State despite both teams weighing in at 16 pounds, 5 ounces for a 5-fish limit.
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The tie was broken by Chico having the heavier big fish.
LeClair, of Santa Clarita, and Lauchland, from Lodi, had already qualified for the nationals by placing ninth in the opener at Shasta.
Three Cal Poly teams qualified for the nationals in the first event, which was won by Mustang sophomore Nick Rinauro from San Jose and his freshman partner Alec Pitts from Sebastopol. The duo had a 12-pound, 3-ounce limit. The margin of victory over the runners-up from Sacramento State was 2 pounds, 1 ounce.
Placing eighth at Shasta with a 7-pound, 11-ounce limit were Mustangs Johan Eide from Sebastopol and teammate Colton Farquer from Oakdale.
Qualifiers No. 8 and 9 for the end-of-the-year Lingcod Contest with John Rowley in the wheelhouse are Arlindo Brasie of Lemoore with a 21.3-pound lingcod and Robert Aguinga of Lompoc with a 19.1-pound ling.
There are only 10 spots available for the two-day trip that departs on July 22. The two-day outing departing June 24 is sold out.
Additional jackpot winners last week were: Dan Edwards, Fullerton, 13.0 ling and Rick Flores, Clovis, 9.0 ling.
Ten trips were offered last week hosting 255 anglers. The total fish count was 2,143 fish including 205 lingcod. Through May 29, Virg's patrons have caught 2,124 lingcod.
Bruce Harwood reports: “Local surf fishing has been picking up with Morro Strand and Cayucos Beach at Studio Drive having the best barred perch results (1 to 1 1/2 pounds). A few nice-sized striped bass are being caught. Kevin Hubbard of Madera caught two stripers and a 1 1/2 -pound perch at the Strand on May 28. He was using lug worms on a Carolina rig.”
Topping last week's catch with 18- and 15.5-pound lingcod were: Scott Watson of Elk Grove and Taylor Adams of Shell Beach.
Other jackpot winners were: J. Smith, Bakersfield, 13.0 ling; Albert Cortez, Guadalupe, Zachary Tishma, Bakersfield, and Mike Maestas, Chino, all 12.0 lings; Cody Davis, Bakersfield, 11.0 ling; Jason Holland, Santa Barbara and Santos Ruiz, Bakersfield, both 10.0 lings; Cheryl Code, Oceano, 9.0 ling; and Joe Torres, Arroyo Grande and David Tarang, Bakersfield, both 8.0 lings.
Morro Bay Landing
A trio of 15-pound lingcod led the way for anglers out of Morro Bay Landing last week. Dan Perry, of Visalia, twice and Brandon Homka, of Bakersfield, all had 15 pounders.
Other jackpot winners included Mark Masicampo, San Luis Obispo, 14.1 ling; Ken Davis, Wasco, 13.0 ling; Miguel Ortega, Delano, 8.0 ling; Jeff Manriquez, Clovis, 7.0 ling; Drew Huffine, Oakland, 5.0 ling; and George Benevidez, Bakersfield, 5-0 red rockcod.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Winner of “Whopper of the WeeK” for the May 23-29 period was Atascadero's Bob Ganon with a 15.1-pound salmon reeled in on May 24.
The salmon season closed May 31. Twenty-eight salmon were caught from May 23-29 and 25 more on the last two days of May.
The catch by anglers aboard 179 boats (May 23-29) was 82 lingcod and two halibut.
The “no fish” beat goes on, but things are changing. There continues to be fishless weeks, but the open schedule has changed.
To date, the facility has been open for fishing 26 days and no fish have been caught.
Noah Evans has decided to open the facility for fishing every day of the week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The previous schedule had the lake open Wednesdays through Sundays plus national holidays. Five people gave a fishless try May 25-30.
Santa Margarita Lake
Ken Hemer, Marina Manager, reported: “Last week, the bass bite was good. Most anglers were able to score limits or near limits on topwater, jigs, glide baits and small swimbaits all over the lake. Panfish bite slowed. Only a few crappie and redear were reported at the marina. The people who targeted catfish scored with mackerel or chicken liver presentations. Michael Chaps of Atascadero landed a 6-pound bullhead that bit on an unknown lure in the White Oaks area.”