WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday evening I fished Mrs. Denise Andrin of Golf, Illinois, and her son, Joe Gross. Joe is a Wisconsin National Guardsman currently stationed at North Fort Hood where his aviation support unit is preparing to deploy. In order to deploy, Joe had to put his academics at Marquette University, a Catholic university located in Milwaukee, on hold until his unit redeploys. Joe was grateful for an opportunity to get away from the spartan barracks life at North Fort Hood. Like most troops there for pre-deployment training, he has no vehicle to get around with during off-duty hours.
Denise Andrin of Golf, Illinois, and her son, Wisconsin National Guardsman Joe Gross, spent some time together for Thanksgiving prior to Joe’s forthcoming deployment to Asia. Although our catch of 59 fish consisted mainly of white bass, we had a handful of nice hybrid stripers in the mix, as well.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday evening, 24 November 2017
HOW WE FISHED: We fished only 2 areas this evening, both indicated by the presence of gulls. These gulls were feeding on shad driven to the surface by white bass, hybrid stripers, and other gamefish pursuing them from beneath. After the gulls helped us know where to start looking, we relied on sonar to seal the deal. Once we positioned atop the fish shown on sonar using the i-Pilot Link system built into both my Minn Kota trolling motor and my Humminbird Solix, we used a vertical presentation with 3/8 oz. and 3/4 oz. slabs to do the catching.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Fish continue to present in a fairly scattered fashion with multiple small pods of fish fanning out over large areas of bottom.
TALLY: 59 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 1:45p
End Time: 5:30p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F
Water Surface Temp: 67.3F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSW wind at ~13 thru 4p, then slowly dropping off to SSW10
Sky Conditions: 15% cloud cover in the eastern sky at first light, then building to 80% high, thin coverage by trip’s end
Water Level: 2.50 feet low
GT = 20
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 1544 – smoking for active fish under gulls in ~40′
**Area vic 1916 – smoking for active fish under gulls in 34′
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
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