WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning I fished with long-time client Steve Niemeier of Temple, his 12-year-old grandson, Caleb Fowler from Belton, and his 14-year-old nephew, Tevin Gilmore, also from Belton.
Belton’s Tevin Gilmore with a 6.75 pound Belton Lake largemouth bass hooked with the Hazy Eye Stinger hook on the 3/8 oz. slab he was using to jig for white bass with.
From left: Steve Niemeier, Tevin Gilmore, and Caleb Fowler with a few of the white bass we kept for photos, and then released.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning, 20 December, 2017
HOW WE FISHED: With the water surface temperature staying in the high 50’s for some time now, we continued to use both smoking and easing tactics with 3/8 oz. and 3/4 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks attached. Only briefly did terns appear this morning, pointing the way to one area which produced about a dozen fish for us, otherwise, we were ‘on our own’ to use sonar to find fish. The fish we found under birds were in ~25 feet of water (the shallowest fish we would find on this trip), and those fish we found with sonar were in between 32 and 43 feet of water.
TALLY: 126 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:15a
End Time: 11:30a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 47F
Water Surface Temp: 58.4F
Wind Speed & Direction: WNW7-10
Sky Conditions: Bright with <15% white cloud cover
Water Level: 2.78 feet low
GT = 55
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic B0003C
**Area vic 1867
**Area vic 1552
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)