1 Family, 2 Fishing Trips, 143 Fish – The Oliver Family Reunion

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Thursday and Friday I had the joy of fishing with the Oliver family during a bit of a mid-summer family reunion.  Mr. Joe Oliver coordinated everything such that on Thursday his son Corey (visiting from Oregon) and Corey’s kids, Cullen and Presley (8-year-old twins) and Harper (age 6) would fish, capably assisted by the kids’ uncle (Corey’s brother) Thomas.  Then, on Friday, Joe made arrangements for his daughter, Amber, from Academy, TX, to fish with her three kids, Ben (age 11), Beau (age 4 1/2), and Addie (age 2), once again aided by Uncle Thomas.

We agreed my “Kids Fish, Too!” style of trip would be best (a little shorter, much less expensive, and with all the focus solely on the kids’ success) and, fortunately both the weather and the fish cooperated so that all concerned had a memorable time.

Now, it could be my years of experience as a guide that has helped me to read between the lines when it comes to dealing with kids, or it could be the preparation I received for this vocation through my years in children’s ministry, but, somehow I have developed a “knack” for understanding the subtle messages from children, including Joe’s grandkids.  For example, when 6-year-old Harper says, “I need to pee”, what she really means is that she needs to pee.  Or, when 4 1/2-year-old Beau says, “I want to catch sunfish”, what he is actually communicating is that he no longer wants to be patient enough to wait on a larger white bass to strike, but would rather enjoy the fast action provided by sunfish.  And, when little Addie, age 2, says “I want to go home now” in reality she is communicating that she wants to go home … now. You see what I mean?  Very subtle … but I pick up on this stuff.

We landed 50 sunfish and 14 white bass on Thursday, and we landed 76 sunfish and 3 white bass on Friday, for a total of 143 fish.

THURSDAY’S CREW: From left: Corey, Cullen, Harper, Thomas, and Presley.

 

FRIDAY’S CREW: From left:. Addie, Amber, Ben, Thomas, and Beau.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  These were multi-species trips in which we caught white bass and sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday and Friday mornings, 12 and 13 July 2018

HOW WE FISHED: 

ON THURSDAY: The windless, clouded start to the day was not appealing to the white bass, so we left them alone after slowly picking up a few fish at our first stop, and went up shallow for sunfish.  We fished two areas for sunfish, then tried once again for white bass once the winds picked up lightly but consistently from the SW.  As we searched for fish, we spotted largemouth bass chasing shad to the surface and found white bass in the same vicinity.  This area gave up the balance of the white bass we caught, all on downrigged 3-armed umbrella rigs equipped with Pet Spoons.  As we closed out our trip, the kids got to participate in an on-the-water rescue as we assisted a stranded boater whose motor quit get back to the launch site by giving him a tow.

ON FRIDAY: Taking a lesson learned from the day prior, we started our day this morning going for the “instant gratification” bite of sunfish up shallow and just kept right on sunfishing but for two short attempts at downrigging for white bass.  Once we landed one “big fish” (a white bass) for each of the kids, they’d had enough of that and we went right back to the sunfishing.  We wound up fishing 3 different areas for the sunfish, all of which produced well thanks to the abundance of hydrilla now found all around the shoreline on Stillhouse.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  In additions to seeing schooling action at 1221 through 484, I also observed schooling action at Area 250, but we did not fish over these fish.

 

TALLY: 64 Fish on Thursday, 79 Fish on Friday, hence a total of 143 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a both days

End Time: 10:00a both days

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  75F both days

Water Surface Temp:   84.8F both days

Wind Speed & Direction: SSW7 or less the entire trip on Thursday; SSE5 or less the entire trip on Friday

Sky Conditions: ~20% cloud cover both days

Water Level:  6.24 feet low both days

GT = 50

Wx SNAPSHOT:   (Thursday only)

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

THURSDAY

**Area SH0043C – sunfish

**Area 1221 through 484 – downrigging for white bass

 

FRIDAY

**Area 201 sunfish

**Area 203 sunfish

**Area 1241 through 1239 – downrigging for white bass

**Area 189 sunfish

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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A Tough Day on the Pond — 55 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This morning, Monday, July 9th, I fished with Geoffrey Van Riper of Harker Heights, accompanied by his son, Greg (age 7), and Greg’s cousins, Jake (age 12) and Kaden (age 9) Howley, also of Harker Heights.  The boys’ grandfather, George Van Riper, treated them all to this trip, and went out on his own boat fishing with a buddy of his while Geoffrey and I worked with the boys.

 

 

From left: Mr. Geoffrey Van Riper, his son, Greg Van Riper, and Greg’s cousins, Jake and Kaden Howley, with a few of the white bass we found today by covering a lot of water using downriggers.

 

Greg Van Riper holds the largest of the white bass we caught today.  This fish was with a small school of white bass over open water, holding about 26′ beneath the surface, feeding on shad.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 09 July 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  With 3 boys aboard ranging from 7 to 12, I had to keep things moving on this very tough fishing day so that no one got disinterested.  Suspecting today would be tough based on the weather forecast, I came prepared to fish horizontally with downriggers, vertically with slabs and tailspinners, up shallow for sunfish, and for catfish using livebait.  As it turned out, we landed 12 white bass including one triple, one double, and 7 singles as we downrigged over open water where I’d spotted small schools of white bass surface feeding.  We also landed 43 sunfish including bluegill, green, and longears using slipfloats up shallow.  I only encountered one scenario where I suspected a vertical presentation would pay off (but it didn’t), and, I never found any concentration of catfish, nor did I think it wise to invest the time required to sit in one spot long enough to chum them in.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  1) Lots of “popcorn” white bass scattered and suspended, forcing young-of-the-year shad to the surface for seconds, then disappearing.  2) Fishing has been very inconsistent thanks to very unstable weather. 3) Three other Lake Belton anglers reported poor results today when I check in with them.

 

TALLY: 55 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  72F

Water Surface Temp:   84.8F

Wind Speed & Direction: S7 or less the entire trip

Sky Conditions: ~20% cloud cover at trip’s start, increasing to 100% coverage with rain on the way by trip’s end

Water Level:  3.32 feet low

GT = 60

Wx SNAPSHOT:   

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area B0097C – sunfish

 

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Battle on Belton – 31 Fish with the Snelgrooes/King Crew

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Thursday morning, July 5th, I fished with returning guest Rick Snelgrooes of Liberty Hill, TX, accompanied by his son, Sean, Sean’s friend Grant, and Grant’s dad, Brian King.  The Kings live in Orange County, CA, where Sean and Grant played soccer together before the Snelgrooes family moved to Texas a little over a year ago.

 

 

Rick Snelgrooes took the only hybrid striped bass during this morning’s trip.  This fish, and a number of white bass suspended along with it, held in 31 feet of water over a deeper bottom and were very difficult to fool today..

 

From left: Sean Snelgrooes, Brian and Grant King, and Rick Snelgrooes, each with white bass which we either downrigged for or caught on tailspinners fished vertically.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and crappie.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday morning, 05 July 2018

HOW WE FISHED: Fishing was tough today.  After a very light, short topwater feed right around (obscured) sunrise, the fishing slowed greatly and stayed tough all morning.  Although we found several areas holding good concentrations of suspended fish, these fish would not budge when shown downrigged baits going horizontally, tailspinners and slabs going vertically, and live bait hung right at eye level.  The majority of our fish today were taken via downrigging just one or two at a time.  We did stop a number of times to try to tempt heavily schooled fish with vertical presentations and when we did score it seemed that the fish we caught were the minority nearer the bottom than out of the “masses” suspended above them.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) With a northerly component to the wind today, fishing was slow and tough.  On a number of occasions I encountered heavily congregated, suspended fish around 31 feet which we could not tempt with vertical for horizontal presentations, nor after fishing for them at several times over the course of the 5 hour trip. 2) Belton vertical temperature profile to 60′:

0 feet 82.9°

5 feet 83.4°

10 feet 83.7°

15 feet 83.7°

20 feet 83.7°

25 feet 83.4°

30 feet 82.6°

35 feet 77.9°

40 feet 72.1°

45 feet 67.1°

50 feet 64.3°

55 feet 62.8°

60 feet 61.5°

 

TALLY: 31 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:10a

End Time: 11:20a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  72F

Water Surface Temp:   82.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: ENE5 or less the entire trip

Sky Conditions: Under 80-100% grey cloud cover

Water Level:  3.19 feet low

GT = 125

Wx SNAPSHOT:   

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 929 downrigging in the vicinity of light, widespread topwater action

**Area vic B0082C – downrigging

**Area vic B0096C – downrigging and working tailspinners vertically

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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What To Do When We Struggle – Life Lessons with the Boettgers – 62 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Tuesday morning I fished with Brian Boettger and his 4-year-old son, Landon, both of Nolanville, TX.  Brian fished with me once before on a father-and-son trip with his dad, Mickey, and was now “paying it forward” via a gift certificate he received from his girlfriend some time ago.  We wrapped up right at the 4 hour mark this morning with 62 fish boated and released. I commented to Brian how I noted that Landon was obviously very mechanically inclined.  He easily figured out how to work the triggering mechanism on the brush clip I use to secure the boat when sunfishing, and he also clearly understood the concept of the shift mechanism used to put the boat in and out of forward and reverse gears, all at just 4 years of age — impressive!

LIFE LESSONS: Brian was very intentional about trying to teach Landon new things over the course of the trip.  There were several occasions when Landon struggled with a particular task.  When Brian observed this, he asked Landon, “What are the two things we do when we struggle?”   Landon would reply, “We ask for help and we make ourselves stronger.”  Over the course of the trip Landon learned a number of different fishing techniques and overcame his fear of holding caught fish as Brian patiently worked with him.

Triple!!  One fish was hooked on each of the 3 Pet Spoons on the 3-armed umbrella rig — one of my summertime staples.

This largemouth was mixed in with a school of aggressively feeding white bass which went for a vertical presentation after we spotted them on sonar and then caught a few as the downrigger balls swept over them.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, green sunfish, longear sunfish, and bluegill sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 04 July 2018

HOW WE FISHED: Given that one of our objectives was to make sure 4-year-old Landon had a good time, learned a few things, and stayed engaged, I tried to transition from one method to another several times over the course of the morning.  We started off downrigging in two separate locations.  We picked up 9 fish at our first stop. At our second location we found a heavily congregated, bottom-oriented school of white bass which we set up over top of and vertical jigged for using the i-Pilot Link system.  After passing over a school of white bass, I backtracked to them on Down Imaging, placed a cursor over top of them, then gave the Ulterra a Spot Lock command.  The trolling motor then navigated back to the fish while I handed out appropriate rods and gave everyone instructions on what to do once we were in a dead hover over top of the fish.  We picked up 3 fish on the downriggers and then worked vertically for 34 more white bass.  When this dissipated, we headed shallow for sunfish, picking up another dozen fish.  We then wrapped up the trip with another round of downrigging, adding 4 more fish to the tally; 62 fish in all.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Very little in the way of topwater action once again despite adequate sighting conditions.

TALLY: 62 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:20a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  77F

Water Surface Temp:   83.8F

Wind Speed & Direction: S9 or less the entire trip

Sky Conditions: Under 5% white cloud cover on a blue sky.

Water Level:  5.92 feet low

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:   

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1440 to SH0031C  – white bass on downriggers for 9 fish

**Area SH0041C – white bass on downriggers leading to vertical work with tailspinners for 37 fish

**Area SH0038C – for 12 sunfish

**Area SH0037C  – 3 white bass & 1 drum on downriggers

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Miller & Sons — July White Bass Fishing on Stillhouse – 35 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Monday morning, July 2nd, I fished with Mr. Mike Miller of Harker Heights and his two adult sons, Jordan and Luke.  The trip was a Fathers’ Day gift to Mike from his wife, Luanne.  Of the three, Jordan fishes the most regularly and owns his own boat.  I had initially planned to take the threesome to Lake Belton for a mixed bag of white bass and hybrid stripers, but, after mulling things over, the fellows let me know they preferred to stay close to their campground at Union Grove Park and fish on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, instead.  Mike, who is more of a salt water angler, didn’t really fish that much but enjoyed the time on the water with his boys.

 

Jordan Miller with a pair of white bass caught early on in the trip on Pet Spoons downrigged around 31 feet deep over a deeper bottom.

Luke Miller with a 3-year-old fish landed later in our trip as the winds picked up to just barely white-capping, around 12-13 mph.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 02 July 2018

HOW WE FISHED: Although we attempted on a number of occasions to tempt somewhat-congregated schools of white bass/largemouth bass into biting on topwater presentations and on vertical presentations, the only tactic that produced on this fairly clear morning with low wind speeds was downrigging.  We successfully downrigged at 4 distinct locations and looked over 3 other locations which did not produce fish.  The 3-armed umbrella rig was the go-to bait this morning, decked out with small Pet Spoons.  The fishing was slow but steady, aside from the initial “low light” bite right before and during sunrise which gave up a disproportionate number of fish over a 25-30 minutes span.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Very little in the way of topwater action once again despite adequate sighting conditions.

TALLY: 34 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:10a

End Time: 10:20a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  77F

Water Surface Temp:   83.6F

Wind Speed & Direction: S10 at trip’s start increasing to S15 by trip’s end

Sky Conditions: Under 20% white cloud cover on a blue sky.

Water Level:  5.86 feet low

GT = 35

Wx SNAPSHOT:   

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0040C to SH0031C  – white bass on downriggers

**Area 660 to 1241 – white bass on downriggers

**Area vic 1704 – white bass on downriggers

**Area SH0039C to SH0018C – white bass on downriggers

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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They Potty-Train Fish, Don’t They? — 60 Fish with the Trinkles

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Saturday morning, June 30th, I fished with returning guests Shaun Trinkle and his sons, Bradley and Wyatt.  The Trinkles are a military family spending their last few days here at Fort Hood before heading for their next duty station.  Bradley is 7 years old and Wyatt is 4.  Despite his young age, Wyatt hung in there for the entire 3.5+ hours of this “Kids Fish, Too!” trip tailored just for kids.

FUNNY STORY: While Bradley (7) and Wyatt (4) were looking at one of the fish Bradley just landed, the fish “spurted” some semi-solid grey matter onto the floor of the boat from its anal vent.  I asked the boys if they knew what just came out of the fish.  Bradley ventured a few guesses (water, fish, worms, etc.) but none were correct.  I told them the correct answer was more gross than any of the things they had guessed.  After they gave up on guessing, I informed the boys that the grey stuff on the floor of the boat was fish poop.  After the “eeeews” died down, I kidded the boys that fish don’t wear diapers and their parents don’t potty train them.  At this, Bradley “volunteered” a little something about Wyatt saying, “Yeah, well Wyatt, he took a reeeally long time to potty-train; it was a bear!

From left: Bradley, Shaun, and Wyatt Trinkle with 2 of the 60 fish the boys caught during their Saturday morning excursion.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, largemouth bass, and sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday morning, 30 June 2018

HOW WE FISHED: We began our trip downrigging for white bass, doing very well right off the bat under low light conditions, then seeing the action taper off as the skies brightened.  We landed 18 white bass and a largemouth in this early bout of action before transitioning to fishing for sunfish up shallow in hydrilla beds.  The sunfishing yielded 24 fish as we used slipfloats to present live bait to a variety of sunfish species.  We wound up the trip going back to downrigging; as we worked our baits at around 26’ over a deeper bottom, sonar revealed a school of feeding, bottom-oriented, heavily congregated white bass.  I stopped the boat, put her in a hover over top of this school by navigating back to them with the i-Pilot Link connection between the Humminbird and Minn Kota Ulterra, and we fished vertically using tailspinners and slabs, putting a final 16 white bass and one more largemouth in the boat, thus ending the trip on a good note.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:

TALLY: 60 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 10:10a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  77F

Water Surface Temp:   83.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: S10 at trip’s start increasing to S15 by trip’s end

Sky Conditions: ~40% white cloud cover on a blue sky, decreasing to 25% by trip’s end

Water Level:  5.76 feet low

GT = 25

Wx SNAPSHOT:     N/A

 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0040C – 18 white bass, 1 largemouth on downriggers

**Area 189 and SH0038C – sunfish on hydrilla

**Area Sh0039C – 16 white bass and 1 largemouth; found fish via downrigging and capitalized on the find by fishing vertically with tailspinners and slabs

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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UTAH AND HIS GRANDSONS — 56 FISH @ STILLHOUSE

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Friday morning, June 29th, I fished a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip with Mr. Utah Harris’ grandsons, Andrew Harris (age 10) and Austen Mangan (age 13), both from Toledo, OH.  The boys are visiting their grandfather who lives in Temple.  I first met Utah when he came on a spring fishing trip with the boys’ uncle, Jeremy Crawford.  Today’s efforts were focused exclusively on the boys’ success.  When all was said and done, they had boated 56 fish.

Andrew Harris with a largemouth bass we took via downrigging.  Fish were holding around 32-34 feet deep over a deeper bottom..  

Austen Mangan holds one of the white bass we took while working tailspinners vertically after seeing a large, bottom-oriented, and aggressively feeding school of white bass as we downrigged.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, largemouth bass, and sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, June 29th.

HOW WE FISHED: We started the morning downrigging, but quickly changed over to a vertical presentation when sonar showed abundant numbers of white bass aggressively moving from off bottom toward our downrigger ball, thus indicating a strong willingness to chase.  We Spot Locked over top of these fish using the Minn Kota Ulterra and quickly caught several white bass on tailspinners, but, that frenzy was short-lived, so, we went back to downrigging until this first location we stopped at tapered to nil.  We fished two other areas with downriggers, catching a few fish at each, but not really finding a nice concentration of fish at either.  By this time, the boys needed to do something different, so, we rigged up for sunfish on hydrilla beds in the shallows.  This allowed for easy pickings of bluegill, green, and longear sunfish.  Once the boys had their fill of that, we had about 30 minutes remaining in our planned 3.5 to 4 hours out, so, we once again put the Cannons to work and used the 3-armed umbrella rigs to catch a few more white bass on the Pet Spoons we had tied on to them.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: NOAA reports that dust from a Saharan dust storm is supposed to make our central Texas skies appear hazy late today and all day tomorrow.

TALLY: 56 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 10:20a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  76F

Water Surface Temp:   82.8F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE9 at trip’s start, tapering up to S15 by trip’s end

Sky Conditions:  <10% cloud cover on a blue sky

Water Level:  5.7 feet low

GT = 15

Wx SNAPSHOT:     

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 832 downrigging and tailspinners worked vertically for white bass

**Area  SH0038C – sunfish on hydrilla

**Area 1496-SH0037C-1310 – downrigging for white bass at late morning

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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50/50 Whites & Hybrid Split on Lake Belton — 43 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Tuesday evening, June 26th, I fished with Mr. Jerry Worley of Harker Heights and a young man by the name of Daniel Kennedy who Jerry first got to know through the youth ministry at Memorial Baptist Church in Killeen.  Jerry owns the Worley Insurance Agency in Harker Heights, and Daniel is currently headed to California as part of a remodeling crew to work on Brandenburg Air Force Base.

 

 

Jerry Worley with a Lake Belton hybrid striped bass taken from a small school of fish located on a breakline in 30′ on a tailspinner.

 

 

Daniel Kennedy with a Belton Lake hybrid striped bass taken on live shad suspended at 25′ over a deeper bottom.  

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and hybrid striped bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday evening, 26 June.

HOW WE FISHED:  This trip broke down into two 2-hour halves.  The first half was spend downrigging for suspended white bass and the last half was spent fishing with live shad for suspended, loosely schooled hybrid striped bass.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: N/A

TALLY: 43 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 4:40p

End Time: 9:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  95F

Water Surface Temp:   82.8F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE14 at trip’s start and through 7:30p, then tapering down to SSE11

Sky Conditions:  <10% cloud cover on a blue sky

Water Level:  5.56 feet low

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:     

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic B0096C – downrigging with a pair of 3-armed umbrella rigs for 21 white bass in 2 hours’ time; fish were suspended at 25-27′ over a deeper breakline

**Area  vic B0095C – live shad for hybrid striped bass suspended at 24 to 36 feet over a deeper bottom.

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Free SKIFF Trip for the Halladay Family

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This past Tuesday morning, June 26th, I fished with the children of U.S. Army Major Jeff Halladay.  Mrs. Nicole Halladay accompanied her three children, Lily (age 9), Owen (age 6), and Violet (age 4) on this SKIFF (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) program fishing trip provided free of charge through the efforts of the Austin Fly Fishers.  MAJ Halladay has been in the military for 13 years and is currently deployed to Afghanistan where he is serving with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade as an ordnance officer managing logistics there.

SKIFF trips are provided free of charge to military children separated from their parents by their parents’ duty assignments, such as deployments, TDY assignments, military schooling, field time, gunnery, etc.  Call me for details on a trip for your children if your situation is similar — 254.368.7411.

 

 

Lily Halladay with a pair of white bass taken 2-at-a-time as we downrigged with 3-armed umbrella rigs during late-morning.

 

 

Owen Halladay with a nice 15″ largemouth that slammed his Pet Spoon.

Little 4-year-old Violet with a white bass she landed with big sister Lily’s assistance.  I think Owen is saluting her for her efforts 😉

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, drum, and sunfish.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 26 June.

HOW WE FISHED: We divided the trip up into three distinct parts.  First, we downrigged in two separate areas using Pet Spoons on 3-armed umbrella rigs to catch white bass (and 1 drum).  Next, we went up shallow and fished in hydrilla beds for sunfish.  We finished the trip up downrigging once again in yet another area, this time catching larger fish on average than the smaller fish we’d found earlier in the morning.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: N/A

TALLY: 35 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 10:00a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  75F

Water Surface Temp:   82.8F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE 10-13 the entire trip

Sky Conditions:  ~50% cloud cover on a blue sky

Water Level:  5.56 feet low

GT = 30

Wx SNAPSHOT:     

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  vic SH0036C – downrigging

**Area  SH0018C to 1500 – downrigging (okay at mid-morning, better at late morning after fishing the area twice)

**Area 832 sunfish

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Ft. Hood SKIESUnlimited Fishing 101 – A Morning with the DeLeons

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This morning, Monday, June 25th, I fished a short morning trip with the DeLeon family.  Command Sergeant Major Louis DeLeon, his wife, Rhoda, and their kids, Uziah (age 11), and Santino (age 8) all came aboard for a fishing trip booked through the Fort Hood SKIESUnlimited program open to military and DoD personnel.  CSM DeLeon had a bit of downtime after returning to Ft. Hood in the midst of a deployment to Arifjan, Kuwait; duty called again this morning so, we wrapped up a bit early just a some rain came in, but the fishing was solid right up until we headed in.

 

 

Santino DeLeon with his largest fish of the trip — a 3-year class white bass taken in ~41 feet of water on a Pet Spoon.

 

Uziah DeLeon with his best fish of the trip, also taken from over 41 feet of water with the downriggers set around 35′.  As grey skies and light rain moved in, the bite got increasingly better.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and largemouth bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 25 June.

HOW WE FISHED:   We fished for our first 2.5 hours via downrigging in two distinct areas using Pet Spoons on 3-armed umbrella rigs for white bass.  As light rains and heavy cloud cover moved in, the bite shifted shallower and to the surface where we through small slabs to imitate the young of the year shad these fish were feeding on.  Quick, accurate casts got bit 4/5 times.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:    As southerly winds brought training storm cells in a S to N line up and through our area, the morning grew increasingly humid, cloudy, dark, and calm.  The fishing action improved as this weather moved in to the point where, in our last 35 minutes on the water (about 8:55 to 9:25am) we had constant surface action surrounding the boat as schoolie largemouth fed on young of the year shad they were herding to the surface.

TALLY: 35 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 9:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F

Water Surface Temp:  83.0F

Wind Speed & Direction:  S10 at trip’s start, decreasing to a light S ripple by trip’s end as light rain moved in from the S.

Sky Conditions: 80% cloud cover at trip’s start, increasing to 100% grey clouds and rain at trip’s end.

Water Level: 5.56 feet low

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:     

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 139 – downrigging under early morning, low light conditions; primarily yearling fish

**Area 1995 thru SH0033C – downrigging with once incidence of going vertical with tailspinners yielding 2 whites

**Area  1960-1966-SH0035C – area triangulating the largemouth topwater which broke out as light rain arrived

 

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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