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. 

Mike BonitaBakersfield, CA18.2 lbs.
Gabe MinettiGuadalupe, CA13 lbs. 2 oz.
Sam MatthewsShell Beach, CA14.3 lbs
Justin LongTehachapi, CA6 lbs. 6 oz.
Steve SaylorFresno, CA7 lbs. 2 oz.
Todd WhiteAtacsadero, CA5.8 lbs.
Sean FritzBakersfield, CA12.5 lbs.
Evan KeeneLos Osos, CA14 lbs. 6 oz.
Danny WynnFresno, CA13 lbs.
John BarkmanRidgecrest, CA14 lbs. 3 oz.
Ryan BurgessTulare, CA8 lbs.
Jim WebbCambria, CA7 lbs. 2 oz.
Lanny BeaslyBakersfield, CA19 lbs. 4 oz.
Enrique RodriguezMorro Bay, CA9 lbs.
Larry PittsMorro Bay, CA15 lbs.
Jordan DutraHanford, CA14.6 lbs
Isiah ProvchyFresno, CA7 lbs.
Terry MarshallMorro Bay, CA7 lbs.
James WhiteClovis, CA21.3 lbs.
Ryan BandelaFresno, Ca11 lbs.
Steve HowellMorro Bay, CA22.5 lbs.
Shaun JonesMoreno Valley, CA19 lbs. 2 oz.
Marty PerezPorterville, CA14 lbs. 7 oz.
Carlos BarajasExeter, CA14 lbs.
Eric MulanaxPaso Robles, CA24.9 lbs.
Matthew GutierrezFresno, CA21 lbs. 9 oz.
Marcus PruittHanford, CA20 lbs. 2 oz.
Kris MajernFresno, CA15 lbs. 6 oz.
Lawrence Carlton7.8
Micah ParkerBakersfield, CA10.4
Rick SpradlingCoalinga, CA11
Bill StaffordTulari, CA11.7 lbs
Henry OrtizeDelano, CA5.5 lbs
Michael PapiermanDana Point, CA12 lbs