To compete with the best bass fishermen in the world, you have to be on your toes at all times.
Jared Lintner proved that last week competing in the Bassmaster Elite at Potomac River near Washington D.C.
The pride of Arroyo Grande and the Central Coast, Lintner rebounded from a disastrous opening round when he caught only one fish that weighed 2.01 pounds, leaving him in 103rd place.
“Obviously, my topwater approach on Thursday wasn’t working,” Lintner said in a phone interview this week. “I had to slow down. Switching to flippin turned things around.”
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And what a difference it made.
The 42-year-old pro flipped for a 19.09-pound five-fish limit that catapulted him into 46th place (six fish, 21-10 pounds).
Jared’s bag was one of only six limits in the four-day competition that checked in at 19 or 20 pounds.
“It was a very discouraging start and not easy to handle, but you have to regroup,” he said.
Lintner solidified his position with a day-three 16-pound limit. That elevated him all the way up to 23rd place with a total of 11 fish for 37.10 pounds. The $10,000 pay day was a welcome addition.
“It all worked out, and I should have a good chance of getting into the AOY tournament in September.”
Lintner is in 27th place in the Angler of the Year standings with 551 points, just one point in arrears of Kevin VanDam, who is widely considered one of the top bass fishermen in the world.
The final regular season tournament will run Sept. 8-11 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Elite anglers among the top 50 will square off in a three-day tournament Sept. 15-18 at Mills Lacs Lake in Minnesota, a venue never previously visited in the Elite series but one that has garnered the reputation of being one of the finest smallmouth bass fisheries in the nation.
Port San Luis Boatyard
Grover Beach’s Anthony Nagy, this week’s honoree for Whopper of the Week, was bounce balling for halibut off of Oceano last Thursday when a white seabass picked up his bait, high tailed it for approximately 100 yards before eventually being reeled in.
The 50-pound white seabass was the largest of 33 bagged last week, 30 of them on Sunday.
Nagy also landed four halibut, the biggest two were 30 and 20 pounds.
He accomplished it all using 10-pound test line, he said.
Ninety-three lingcod and 18 halibut were in the catch by anglers aboard 128 launched boats.
No. 19 qualifier for the end of the year Lingcod Extravaganza is Laoer Noi from Visalia with a 22.9 ling.
Fourteen trips last week had a catch of 4,045 fish by 394 passengers, including 183 lingcod. The lingcod count for 2016 is 4,595 fish.
Jackpot winners all with lingcod were: Truman Lakin, Bakersfield, 16.4 pounds; Matt Duffy, Morro Bay 15.9; Jerry Green, Fresno, 16.5; David Haffe, Bakersfield, 15.8; Eric Hedger, Los Osos, 14.5; John Stevens, Fresno, 14.2; Jason Johnson, Kingsburg, 13.6; and Buck Murray, Hanford, 13.0.
Last week, 423 passengers caught 130 lingcod and 1,540 red rockcod. Jackpot winners included Core Stewart, Paso Robles, 17.0 ling; Chris Corderro, Thousand Oaks; 16.0 ling, Kevin Cole, Visalia; 13.0 ling, John VanDam, Visalia, Charlie Barrios, San Luis Obispo, Pablo Jaramillo, Porterville, all 10.0 lings; Billy Wilcynski, Vista, 12.0; Brian Beldon, Nipomo, 6.0 red rockcod; Arturo Soto, Fresno, 8.0 ling; Weston Dalton, Nipomo 5.0 red rockcod; and Meghan Fox, San Luis Obispo, 9.0 vermillion.
Morro Bay Landing
Some big lings were harvested among the 221 bagged by 234 passengers last week.
Leading the way were: Brian Georges, Exeter, 18.0 pounds; and Tony Dinh, Los Angeles, and Fernando Villgas, Visalia, both 16.0 pounders.
Also winning jackpots were: Rick Gohr, Bakersfield, 14.0; Bev Hale, Taft, 10.0; Gannott Galo, Atascadero, 12.0; Gerald Wells, Morro Bay, Gary Goss, Bakersfield, and Keith Blevins, Porterville, all 13.0 lings; Dave Pimentel, Grover Beach, 10.0 ling; and Frank Cizel, Santa Maria, 12.0 ling.
Santa Margarita Lake
Marina Manager Ken Hemer’s report read: “Bass action has been steady on topwater presentations during early morning and late evening hours. Largemouths have been chasing shad, especially on windy days. Most fish have been in the 2 to 3-pound range. The crappie bite has been good for those using mini jigs baited with nibbles worked in 8 to 10 feet of water. Catfish have been biting on cut mackerel and chicken livers especially at White Oak and the swimming pool cove.”
The season long results continue: No fish for four anglers last week.