Their ``Splash for Cash'' fishing contest, which ended March 12, proved to be very successful. Trino Chavez of Van Nuys outfished 19 other anglers and took home the $500 prize for his tagged-fish catch. One other good news from the lake is that private-boat launching may soon be allowed.
--Record catch: A new size record for largemouth bass caught in a WON BASS tournament was set this past Saturday (March 11) in the Vineyard Region of the team-tournament circuits. It might be one of the largest bass ever weighed in a sanctioned bass tournament anywhere in the country. Regional director Dave Kistle reported that the record fell at Lake Berryessa, as the father-son team of Gary and Vince Mussat of Lakeport won the one-day tournament with 24.36 pounds. Their largest fish was a 16.75 pounder caught by dad, Gary, that broke the 16.50-pound WON BASS record set at Lake Hodges by David Brantley in the San Diego Region two years ago. After the official weigh-in on the WON BASS digital scales, the fish was released back into Lake Berryessa.
--Women learn to shoot: Sunday's ``A Day at the Range'' clinic hosted by the Women's Shooting Sports Foundation will feature basic information about firearms safety and target shooting. The admission fee is $35 per person and includes cost of ammunition, targets, the use of a loaner gun and lunch. There is no age limit for participants and the clinic is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. at the Prado-Tiro Olympic Shooting Park, 17501 Pomona Rincon Road in Chino. Information: (909) 597-4794.
--Successful derby: ``The Blake Jones Trout Derby'' which was held on March 13 in Bishop, featured 684 contestants and many prize winners. Donald Fristz Sr. of Tehachapi won a 2000 Blake Jones Trout Derby Rod after having the biggest catch - a 5-pound, 4-ounce trout. The second and third prizes where awarded to Paul Clancy of Brea and Dave McLemon of Redmountain respectively. Other area winners include Rodney Mann of Simi Valley (10th), four-year-old Mikie McCormack of Agoura (11th), five-year-old Nicole Kengla of Woodland Hills (12th) and Russ Simily from Simi Valley (14th).
The following is a checklist for those of you boating this spring:
--Inspect and lubricate seacocks. Hoses and hose clamps should be inspected and replaced as necessary.
--Replace deteriorated zincs.
--Inspect prop(s) for dings, pitting and distortion. Make sure cotter pins are secure. Grip the prop and try moving the shaft - if it's loose, the cutlass bearing might need to be replaced.
--Check to make sure the rudder stock hasn't been bent.
--Inspect the hull for blisters, distortions and stress cracks.
--Make sure your engine intake sea strainer is free of corrosion and properly secured.
--Inspect fuel lines, including fill and vent holes, for softness, brittleness or cracking. Check all joints for leaks and make sure all lines are well supported with non-combustible clips or straps with smooth edges.
--Inspect fuel tanks, fuel pumps, and filters for leaks. Clamps should be snug and free of heavy rust. Clean fuel filters.
--Inspect cooling hoses and fittings for stiffness, rots, leaks and/or cracking.
--Every few years, remove and inspect exhaust manifold for corrosion.