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Holding the line guide service

Holding the line guide service

Holding the line guide service



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Holding The Line Guide Service - based in Salado, Texas, in pursuit of the game fish of Texas

White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Hybrid Stripers, Black Bass, Sand Bass, Crappie

Focusing on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Belton Lake, and Lake Georgetown

Fly fishing and light tackle

FOR RESERVATIONS, 254-368-7411 or Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com


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GUIDE SERVICE

Fishing Guide

Belton Lake

Stillhouse Hollow Lake


Bob Maindelle

254.368.7411

bob@holdingthelineguideservice.com

White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass

Specializing in Catch & Release

WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR GUIDED TRIP

Communication - Before your guided trip with me, we'll have spoken by phone to arrange the trip, you'll have received a detailed e-mail from me letting you know what to bring, where to meet me, and how the fishing has been. You can expect clear, proactive communication from me to you to make sure there are no misunderstandings or oversights in the details that go into making your trip a great one.

Meeting You - Depending on your preference, I can either pick you up where you are lodging, or simply meet you at the boat ramp located nearest the areas we will fish on your day on the water.

Logistics - I will provide all needed fishing equipment. You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment and snacks, if you so choose. Go to Frequently Asked Questions to see what you'll need to carry with you on your trip. Morning trips will begin at first light, and evening trips will typically begin about 4 hours before sundown.

Finding Fish - Because of the 20+ years of experience I have on local waters, most of the time-consuming guesswork is taken out of the fish-finding equation. We'll start the day in the right locations and work to find the "spot on the spot" to keep you on fish.

Your Preferences - For the very serious angler, I will gladly customize your trip as you wish to target particular species and/or to allow you to learn or employ particular techniques. If I suspect that fulfilling your request might diminish your success, I'll tell you that up front so you can make an informed decision. I will then do my best to put you on the fish you want, the way you want.

Fishing for Fun - If species or techniques are of little concern to you and you're just after a fun day of catching fish, then I will most likely pursue white bass and/or hybrid striped bass as they typically offer fishermen of all skill levels the best shot at high numbers of quality, hard pulling fish.

Coaching - I will fish alongside you at times, especially when we first arrive at a new area to get a "feel" for the mood and activity level of the fish. Once we figure out what the fish are doing and what they want, I'll often take a backseat, keep the boat positioned for you, coach you (if you desire to be coached), and do all I can to maximize your catch.

Catch, photograph, and release - It is a proven fact of fisheries management that consistent, intelligent fishing pressure will negatively impact the fisheries resources of our local water bodies if catch and release is not practiced. For this reason, I've taken a leadership position on this issue that few guide services have the guts to do, which is to operate on a 100% catch and release basis. If we land a record (which has happened many times over on my boat), I am prepared with a certified scale so that trophy fish (and their genetics) make it back into the lake in healthy condition and you still earn a TPWD certificate.

Going Our Separate Ways - As our trip concludes, we'll shake hands before you go on your way, and I'll trust that the hustle I put into getting you on fish will convince you to call upon me when you travel this way again. Your digital photos of your adventure and a link to a blog entry on this website detailing our trip will arrive by e-mail within a few days of your trip's end for you to forward to friends and family.

Fishing Technique Calendar

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Topwater Casting