This past Wednesday morning I welcomed Mrs. Amanda Lincoln and two of her three kids, Philip Eleanor and Hannah Schumacher, aboard for the 7th SKIFF program fishing trip of the 2017 season.
Hannah Schumacher and Philip Eleanor enjoyed a SKIFF program trip provided free of charge to military kids whose parents are away from home serving the nation. The kids landed 101 fish under ideal topwater weather conditions.
My thumb after a morning of taking off 101 fish, more than half of which were largemouth bass.
US Army Staff Sergeant John Lincoln is currently away from Fort Hood training cadets at Fort Knox, KY. SSG Lincoln has been in the military for 12 years. He got to join us briefly via Facetime as the kids were catching fish near the end of our morning trip.
It was a really ideal morning for topwater action. The winds were calm, the sky was grey, and the fish stayed in a strong feeding mode for an extended time this morning.
We began the morning downrigging by, by 6:40am, multiple schools of mixed white bass and largemouth bass could be seen crashing shad on the surface. We quickly transitioned to casting grubs on jigheads using light spinning gear and the kids proceeded to “wear ’em out” for the next 3 hours.
After the surface bite died, we pulled out a little further from shore where sonar revealed mainly white bass holding in large schools of 40-50 fish. We worked these fish over until the kids’ wrists were sore and took our tally to 101 fish landed before calling it a good morning.
Small, shad-imitating presentation in natural hues are key to the presentation.
TALLY: 101 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:15a
End Time: 10:15a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F
Water Surface Temp: 83.3F
Wind Speed & Direction: E0-3
Sky Conditions: Low grey cloud bank in the east turned to a thin fog, then cleared to grey clouds again, allowing us to fish a full 4 hours without direct sun on the water
Water Level: 0.31 feet high and slowly rising; 0 cfs release at dam
GT = 60
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 770-176-1951 – low light downrigging for singles, doubles, and triples
**Area 1908 – extended topwater action thanks to grey, low light conditions late into the morning
**Area 1908-1043 – slabbing after topwater action ended
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