Lingcod Competition!

Who’s going to claim the bragging rights for John Rowley’s Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition 2020?

It could be you!

Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition Sponsored by Virg's Landing

David Kiel took home $5,000 in 2018!

Biggest, Baddest Winners in 2017

There’s lots of time to qualify for the 7th Annual John Rowley’s Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition with $10,000 in cash prizes.

During the December fish-off, three anglers will split the jackpot with first place winning $5,000, second $3,000 and third reeling in $2,000.

Who qualifies to compete? Each week, whoever catches the biggest lingcod on a Virg’s Landing vessel automatically qualifies for a fish-off seat. The competition continues until November 30, and every week someone will qualify for the competition.

How do YOU get in on this competition? Just book a fishing trip on Virg’s Landing and catch the biggest lingcod for that week. We have four Coast-guard approved boats that provide great action for anglers! We offer 1/2 day, 3/4 day, full day, over-night and long-range trips.

All of Virg’s fleet have hot galleys and a top-notch captain and experienced crew. Book a trip:

What if someone catches a lingcod bigger than your’s in the following weeks? You are still qualified for the competition!

Once you’ve qualified, you’re in! It does not matter what other anglers catch in the weeks to come. Competition Qualification ends on November 30* Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition is always the 2nd Saturday of December, weather permitting.

Who can win? Every qualifier has an equal chance because everyone starts the December fish-off with a clean slate. It all comes down to who reels in the biggest, baddest lingcod on Saturday, December 14.

Last year David Kiel won $5000 with a 17.8 lb.lingcod. In 2016, 13 year old Cody Glynn, a freshman at Righetti High School in Santa Maria, CA, won top prize with a 19.2-pound lingcod. His secret trick? He bought a glow-in-the-dark jig.

“This competition is a lot of fun for us. The fish-off is a high-tension event, but we all have a blast,” said Denise DeCock, Virg’s Landing owner and sponsor of the $10,000 competition. “It’s named after Capt. John Rowley, a long-time skipper at Virg’s Landing, who is now retired in Oregon. For many decades he promoted and fostered salt-water fishing on the Central Coast. He loved this sport and we love it, too! I’m happy to continue the tradition of great fishing at Virg’s Landing.”

The following people have qualified for the 2021 Competition. 

Roy SeabeckMcKellen, TX13 lbs
Steve MarroquinOrcutt, CA17.5 lbs
Kris SchumanAtascadero, CA26 lbs
Shane JobingerKerman, CA15.4 lbs
Bruce Bryant Bakersfield, CA14 lbs
David HayesFresno, CA5.2 lbs
Frank OgletreeBakersfield, CA15.2 lbs
Brandon GranahanMinden, NV19 lbs
John CampbellBakersfield, CA8 lbs
Angel CastilloMontebello, CA16.6 lbs
Clyde TangeBakersfield, CA16 lbs
Steve EasleyFresno, CA17.5 lbs
Mathew LopezBakersfield, CA12 lbs
Rob DownySanta Maria, CA11.5 lbs
Fernando VillasenorParlier, CA15.2 lbs
Lanny CampFresno, CA12 lbs
John MathisPrather, CA17.5 lbs
Ron CampbellBakersfield, CA11 lbs
Fernando VillegasBakersfield, CA18 lbs
Ethan AlmaguerClovis, CA14 lbs
Mark GincherauCamarillo, CA11 lbs
Matt LewisFowler, CA8 lbs
Andrew JohnsonClovis, CA10 lbs