WHO I FISHED WITH: Today I fished with retired US Navy Captain and flight surgeon Ray Johnson of Harker Heights, TX, age 77. Ray is originally from Oklahoma. This was Ray’s 16th trip with me since his first time on my boat in December of 2012.
Ray Johnson with one of many “doubles” we took today using the Hazy Eye Shad Tandem Rig. The primary bait is a 3/4 oz. slab, and the teaser is a white shad imitator of my own making.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 03 November 2017
HOW WE FISHED: The fish we in a lackadaisical mood for most of the morning this morning. We never saw a single gamefish feed on top; no birds were working; and what congregations of fish we found were small in number and belly to bottom. As the skies brightened and the wind increased, the bite improved. We used single slabs to get fish going and Hazy Eye Shad Tandem Rigs to capitalize once the fish came up off bottom to investigate the commotion caused by the first few we hooked from each school we encountered. We caught well at 5 areas, after stopping and checking over a dozen locations.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: As it often does, the bite improved with rising wind speeds through about 12 noon, after which the bite shut down.
TALLY: 75 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:45a
End Time: 12:30p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F
Water Surface Temp: 70F
Wind Speed & Direction: Light and variable at trip’s start, tapering up to S8-9 by trip’s end
Sky Conditions: 80% grey cloud cover at trip’s start; slowly clearing to 50% by trip’s end
Water Level: 2.13 feet low
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 1916
**Area vic 1269
**Area vic 1747
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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