Lingcod Competition!

Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition Sponsored by Virg's Landing

Biggest, Baddest Lingcod Competition Sponsored by Virg's Landing

David Kiel took home $5,000 in 2018!

David Kiel took home $5,000 in 2018!

Biggest, Baddest Winners in 2017

Biggest, Baddest Winners in 2017

Who’s going to claim the bragging rights for

John Rowley’s Biggest, Baddest

Lingcod Competition 2019?

It could be you!

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 three 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:

• Online right here at
• Stop by the tackle shop at 1169 Market Ave., Morro Bay, CA 93442
• Give us a call at (805) 772-1222

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 Fish-Off is Saturday, December 14.*

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 names have qualified for the Fish-Off for $10,000 worth of prizes on Saturday, December 14.

Bill JohnsonPaso Robles, CA15.5 lbs
Toby HenrySanta Maria, CA23.5 lbs
David WallaceQuialy, CA23.8 lbs
Ben BarajasLindsay, CA21.9 lbs
Justin HaynesBakersfield, CA21.2 lbs
Mervin McWhorterOntario, CA18 lbs
Dorian RodriguezBakersfield, CA20 lbs
Pete KeeneyPorterville, CA17.5 lbs
Jamie ShoresPaso Robles, CA12.7 lbs
Aiden CrabbMadera, CA10 lbs
Dennis TurnerBakersfield, CA15.7 lbs
John CampbellBakersfield, CA15.8 lbs
Steve HowellMorro Bay, CA20.2 lbs
Joe RuizSanta Maria, CA16.1 lbs
Kenny KriderHanford, CA26.6 lbs
Del Ray V. DiasLemoore, CA20 lbs
Jason AndersonCambria, CA31.5 lbs
Alex WhiteClovis, CA8.5 lbs
Danny HopkinsTaft, CA9 lbs
Michael MarkleyClovis, CA23 lbs