Visit from Mom on His Pre-deployment checklist — 59 Fish, Belton

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.


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




**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

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)




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