Nine white seabass showed up in last week’s catch by fishermen embarking out of the Port San Luis Boatyard’s launch facilities, highlighted by a 62.7-pound white seabass landed Sunday by 13-year-old Grover Beach angler Marcos James Trejo to capture Whopper of the Week honors.
Trejo was fishing with his dad, Mark Trejo, on their annual father-son fishing trip when he reeled in the fish, the biggest catch for either angler and the largest seabass landed out of Port San Luis Boatyard this year. Mark said the fight was “fierce” and lasted more than 15 minutes. He said it took the efforts of both father and son to pull the fish over the rail of the boat.
“What an amazing day,” Mark said.
Lintner and Salvucci 24th At The Delta
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Last weekend in a combination pro and amateur bass tournament on the California Delta, Jared Lintner and partner Nick Salvucci placed 24th.
They finished four places and a mere 0.19 pounds out of the money. The event was the annual Ultimate Frog Challenge Event sponsored by Anglers Press.
Lintner, of Arroyo Grande, and his sidekick, Nick Salvucci of Atascadero, had the 14th heaviest pro limit on day two, 9.57 pounds. The duo managed only three bass on day one, 5.89 pounds.
Their two-day weight of 15.46 pounds was four places removed from earning a check.
Lintner, who is in his 11th season as a Bassmaster Elite pro, has two more tournaments remaining, August 11-14 on the Potomac River in Maryland and September 8-11 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
He has a chance to qualify for the prestigious 2017 GEICO Classic.
The last week in July was an excellent one. The 3- to 6-foot swells with medium intervals and only 10-knot winds enabled 408 anglers to catch 4,297 fish. The catch included 324 lingcod and 893 red rockcod.
The Week 18 qualifier for the year-end John Rowley Lingcod tourney was Cambria’s Jason Anderson with the largest qualifying lingcod of the year thus far, a 25-pounder caught at Cape San Martin.
Other jackpot winners all with lingcod were: Lawrence Meyer, Selma, 24.3; David Hulett, Paso Robles, 12.0; Joe Machado, Tulare, 18.5; Adrian Xexa, Fresno, 16.7; and Joseph McCallough, Nipomo, 13.0.
Cambria’s Jim Webb, who qualified earlier for the John Rowley festivities, also boated a 15.0 bocaccio on the previously mentioned trip to Cape San Martin.
Passengers have reeled in 4,054 lingcod this season.
Jackpot winners last week included: Bud Betz, Lewiston, Idaho, 11.0 ling; Will Brennan, Daly City, 15.0 ling; Joe Torres, Arroyo Grande, 10.0 ling; Junior Garza, Hanford, 10.0 ling; Scott Cruz, Bakersfield, 3.0 red rockcod; Lanny Beasley, Bakersfield, 10.0 ling; Cory Santana, Santa Maria, 9.0 ling; Randy Hughes, Atascadero, 3.0 red rockcod; Emillo Yradlate, Arroyo Grande, 11.0 cabezon; Frank Maloria, Madera, 10.0 ling; and R.J. Grimley, Orcutt, 6.0 ling.
Port San Luis Boatyard
The fifth busiest week of 2016 saw 160 boats dispatched. The catch included 117 lingcod and five halibut in addition to the previously mentioned nine seabass.
Morro Bay Landing
Paso Robles fisherman Micah White caught last week’s biggest jackpot fish, a 21.0 pound lingcod.
Other jackpot winners were: Mark Matthews, Hanford, 12.0 ling; Mike Molina, Atascadero, 8.0 ling; Matt Allen, San Luis Obispo, 10.0 ling; Daniel Brinnh, Bakersfield, 12.0 ling; Jeff Stone, Orcutt, 8.0 bocaccio; Luis Solonia, Bakersfield, 12.0 ling; and Mike Pajak, Tucson, Arizona, 7.0 ling.
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Ken Hemer reports: “Catfish action has been good for anglers using cut mackerel for bait dunked around rocky areas. A wide variety of offerings have been attracting bass bites. They include topwater presentations both early and late in the day. Reaction baits are productive at the same time. The top producers have been frogs, Zara Spooks, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and cranking in shallow water. Mini jigs baited with nibbles has been working for crappie. Red worms positioned under a bobber and fished along the edges of grass have been the way to catch both bluegill and redear.”
Nothing has changed. Anglers have yet to catch even one trout in the 13 weeks since the season opened. Only one angler showed up last week.
The Tribune sports editor Dan Itel contributed to this report.