100 Fish in the Morning, 100 Fish in the Evening — 29 Dec. 2017

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday afternoon, December 29th, after fishing a morning trip, I turned right back around and fished with Wes Stearns, his 5-year-old son, Knox Stearns, Wes’ father-in-law, Richard DeArmand, and Richard’s soon-to-be son-in-law, Cameron Kimball.  Richard and Cameron are from western Kentucky and Wes and his family live in the north Austin area.



5-year-old Knox Stearns and his grandpa, Richard DeArmand, with our largest fish of the trip — a hybrid striper the pair tag-teamed.


From left: Wes Stearns, Knox Stearns, Cameron Kimball, and Richard DeArmand, each with one of the 100 fish we landed in just 3.5 hours this evening on Lake Belton using slabs in deep water.


WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.


WHEN WE FISHED: Friday evening, 29 December, 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  We used slabs 100% of the time today, either via snap-jigging or with a slow smoking tactic.  As was the case in the morning, we had to move around a good bit as we found the fish would initially express interest in our presentations and give chase, but would cool off quickly and, after a short while, flat refuse to strike.  We wound up fishing 3 area, but “hopping” around a bit at each.  Also similar to the morning was the great number of smaller fish that showed up in our catch, despite fishing in several very different areas.  We landed our 100th fish right at the 3.5 hour mark and my crew decided to call it a day and head in before the (obscured) sun set and it got even colder for the lengthy ride back to the boat ramp.  Once again, no birds fed over active fish, so all of the fish finding was done via sonar this afternoon.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) No helpful bird action today. 2) We had to gear down on the speed of our smoking retrieve to get bit consistently today.  3) When slow-smoking stopped working, we “mopped up” with snap-jigging.  4) We had a lot of smaller fish in the catch today.

TALLY: 100 FISH, all caught and released


Start Time: 1:30p

End Time:  5:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  49F

Water Surface Temp:  53.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  ESE4-6

Sky Conditions: 100% grey clouds

Water Level: 2.88 feet low

GT = 70




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Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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