Outdoors

Central Coast Fishing: Tri Valley Bass Club to hold nighttime tournament to avoid lake traffic

Conducting a daytime summer bass tournament has always had its difficulties. Currently, the lack of winter rains has narrowed suitable venues to just one lake on the Central Coast, Nacimiento.

The problem is, for many years Nacimiento has attracted vacationers who enjoy a variety of water sports.

So as a means to escape the heavy traffic his club members experienced at Nacimiento a few weeks back, Tri Valley Bass Club tournament director Josh Signorelli switched the club’s July 23 competition to a nighttime event, which will run from 5 to

11 p.m.

On June 18, both Tri Valley and the SLO County Bass Ambushers had morning/afternoon tournaments at the same time at Nacimiento.

The Bakersfield duo of Kenneth Cleveland and Tommy Hurst, competing for the first time, registered the win with a five-fish total of 10.75 pounds.

Weights for the event appeared heavier than usual for Nacimiento events due to the fact that anglers were awarded a 0.20 bonus for each live fish. Since each top-10 team scored a limit, their reported weight was a full pound more than it would have been at American Bass Pacific, Best Bass Coastal or FLW College tournaments — and of course Bassmaster Elite professional tournaments.

Tri Valley Top 10 (all five-fish limits): 1. Kenneth Cleveland, Tommy Hurst, Bakersfield, 10.75 pounds; 2. Grant Koontz, Tyler Dossen, Hollister, 9.75; 3. Joey Reggio, San Luis Obispo, Brian Nawrocki, Atascadero, 9.29; 4. Greg and Mike Higgins, Santa Margarita, 8.89; 5.Terry Wolf, Ray De Wald, Santa Margarita, 8.88; 6. Tip Martin, San Luis Obispo, Steve Vidmar, Santa Maria, 8.69; 7. Russ Minneau, Sisquoc, Dan Dostal, Grover Beach, 8.62; 8. Robert Gardiner, Dale Litwiler, Lompoc, 8.61; 9. Ron and Derek Morrison, Lompoc, 8.47; 10. Patrick Touey, Carlos Cecena, Nipomo, 7.86 lbs.

First Big Fish, 2.71, Cleveland and Hurst; Second Big Fish, 2.02, Koontz and Dossen.

Go fishing for free

The first of the two annual Free Fishing Days courtesy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is set for Saturday. No fishing license is needed.

It’s a great way to introduce a friend or neighbor, young or old, to the sport of fishing. Whether it’s on a lake, stream or ocean, a pleasant experience awaits those who either have never participated in this recreation or they have been away from it for years.

Newcomers must obey the regulations, but they don’t need a license.

Of course, there are still trip fees in place on the variety of saltwater offerings via Patriot Sportfishing out of Avila (595-7200), Virg’s Landing, Morro Bay (772-1222), or Morro Bay Landing (771-5500).

This year’s second Free Fishing Day is Sept. 3.

Please send reports on your Free Fishing Day experiences to sports@thetribunenews.com.

Lintner Watch

In an Elite tournament at New York’s Cayuga Lake last week, Arroyo Grande’s Jared Lintner placed 36th.

In the process, he moved up five places in the Anglers of the Year standings to 31st.

Lintner put together three days in a row with limits weighing 18-9, 16-9 and 13-10 pounds. His total weight of 48-12 enabled him to cash a check for $10,000.

With 463 Angler of the Year points, he is the

second-ranked Californian in the 108-angler Elite field. Ish Monroe, Hughson, is in 25th place with 492 points, Skeet Reese, Auburn, is 37th with 448 points, and Brent Ehrler, Newport Beach, is 41st with 430 points.

Patriot Sportfishing

Jackpot winners on trips last week were: Eric Pirman, 14-0 lingcod; Tony Ball, Idaho, Alex Nanalis, Santa Maria, Rob Darneaz, Bakersfield, Dominque Eisenrans, Morro Bay, all 8-0 lings; Tanner Ellison, Silver City, New Mexico, and Siamak Moallem, Fresno, both 7-0 lings; Thomas Holiway, Bakersfield, 6-0 ling; Ted Costello, Jr., Bakersfield, 5-0 ling; and Spencer Martiquez, Shell Beach, 3-0 red rockcod.

Morro Bay Landing

Winning jackpot honors last week were: Mike Helberg, Paso Robles, 14-0 ling; Patrick Pardue, Houston, Texas, 13-0 ling; Mike Cisneros, Riverside, 11-0 ling; George King, Bakersfield, 10-0 ling; Dan Perez, Visalia, Dylan Sebring, Cayucos, both 8-0 lings; Kristin McKinney, Bakersfield, and Michael Burella, Seattle, Washington, both 8-0 cabezon; and Byron Raborinsky, Porterville, 5-8 red rockcod.

Virg’s Landing

High swells with short intervals and windy conditions put a damper on fishing last week. Only five boats were dispatched, and customers were able to get anywhere from six fish around to full limits, manager Bruce Harwood reported.

The 12th and 13th qualifiers for the year-end John Rowley Lingcod event are: Ken Davis, Wasco, 15.10 ling, and Mark Messner, Pollock Pines, 10.0 ling.

Corcoran resident Seth Gregory took jackpot honors last Tuesday aboard the Princess on a 7-3 trip to Point Estero with an 8.2-pound lingcod. Twenty eight passengers caught three lings, 150 reds, 20 coppers and 100 assorted rockfish for a total of 273 fish.

The lingcod harvest through June 26 is 2,856 fish.

Port San Luis Boatyard

Windy weather kept many of the regular saltwater boat owners at home last week. Just 46 boats were launched, and only 13 lingcod were counted. None were weighed, hence no Whopper of the Week. Quarter rockcod limits were logged four days and half rockcod limits three days.

Santa Margarita Lake

Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “The shad hatch has translated into a solid week of fishing. Bass are gobbling jigs, Senkos, small swimbaits and spinnerbaits. The combination of nibbles on jigs is also working at well-established grass lines. Redear are showing off Mackey Point and are being taken on red worms fished under a float. Cut mackerel and chicken livers are working for catfish in shallow water.”

Whale Rock

The fishless results continue. From June 22 to 26, six anglers showed but still no trout.

Lake Levels

Lake

Capacity

Current Level

Percent

Lopez

49,388

13,685.3

27.7

Nacimiento

377,900

117,385

31.06

Santa Margarita

23,842.9

2,871.4

12

Whale Rock

38,966.50

13,464.40

34.55

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