WHO I FISHED WITH: Today I fished with Rick Snelgrooes, his 13-year-old son, Sean, from Liberty Hill, TX, and Rick’s father-in-law, Steve Rohner, in visiting from California. Rick moved his family to Texas from California earlier this year.
From left: Sean and Rick Snelgrooes, and Steve Rohner with a sampling of the fish we took from under birds on this cloudy, breezy November morning.
Rick with the largest fish of the trip, a 19″ hybrid striper that came on a 3/4 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger hook attached. This fish was suspended in over 52′ of water.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning, 15 November 2017
HOW WE FISHED: With ideal conditions (southerly breeze and cloud cover), the fish fed hard under birds this morning for a full 2.25 hours, then continued feeding in the lower third of the water column after the birds lifted for another half-hour. By 9:45 most of this action was over, so I headed to deeper, clearer water to continue looking for fish. We found a scant number of birds circling in open water, with 3 times as many resting, indicating a feed had taken place here, too, but was winding down. We caught a few fish here and moved on to our last area. In the deepest (52′) water we fished this morning we found a lethargic school of white bass mixed with a few hybrid. We fished these until they tapered off right around 10:55. All fish caught this morning were caught on the 3/8 or 3/4 oz. slab with the Hazy Eye Stinger hook attached. We used a smoking retrieve while the fish
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Although this is true in most every season of the year, right now the morning bite is far outperforming the evening.
TALLY: 136 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:45a
End Time: 10:55a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 68F
Water Surface Temp: 67.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSE9-11
Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover
Water Level: 2.33 feet low
GT = 135
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area spanning from 1022 thru 592 thru 103 under birds for 2.25 hours
**Area 2047 scant action
**Area vic 2049 – open water birds wrapping up a feed
**Area vic 717 – last of the morning bite in 52′
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)