WONews READER REPORTS
Reader Report by David Fogg, Santa Barbara
I recently caught two smallmouth bass at the same time on a rio rico topwater popper in Lake Cachuma.
Reader Report by Timothy McIlhenney, Lake Morena
KEVIN MATTSON and Jay Blaylock
The aerator in Lake Morena at Pumphouse cove serves many functions concerning the health of the lake. But, one by-product for us anglers is happily the trout love to congregate around all that turbulence. Justin Rotge from Campo had quite a day. He managed a trout, a 3-pound 12-ounce cat and a 12 -ounce bluegill. Kevin Mattson and his friends Jay Blaylock and John Kerr caught and released several bass over 6 pounds hiding in the brush in Pumphouse Cove using different colored plastics.
Reader Report by George Bogen, Los Angeles
Tribute to Captain Stephen D. Grossberg
Captain Stephen D. Grossberg was an extraordinary individual and "lifetime" fisherman who passed in April of this year. Known as the master of the "Deep Drop," Steve's expertise at fishing in depths greater than 1,200 feet on manual gear was unmatched by anyone on the west coast. Steve spent his early years as a deckhand or "pinhead" on the local Marina-based sportfishing boats. These included the Spitfire, Betty-O and the Del Mar where he affectionately became known as "Pee Wee." During the 90s and thereafter, Steve skippered or decked for well known Point Loma-based sportfishing vessels such as the Holiday with Capt. Rick Podolak and the Ranger 85 with Capt. Frank Ursitti. Steve's greatest love was fishing the deep stuff for North Pacific rockfish. Capt. Steve managed to attain 21 world records, many of the 13 All-tackle deep water rockcod records still remaining in the IGFA World Record book.