WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning I fished with Mr. David McElyea and his 9-year-old grandson, Landyn, as well as David’s friend, Mr. Dennis Fender, and Dennis’ 15-year-old nephew, Rion Pagel, who, by the way, had never been fishing before. With one young angler and one inexperienced angler, I wanted ‘priority one’ to be getting a few fish in the boat, so, we spent about 75 minutes in pursuit of white bass using artificials. Then, our aim was to get Landyn his first hybrid striped bass. As it turned out, everyone caught several hybrid, and some good sized ones, at that.
Mission accomplished! Landyn caught the first hybrid of his life.
Later, Rion, who had never landed a fish before in his life, landed the largest fish of the trip.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday morning, 05 April 2018
HOW WE FISHED: We targeted white bass in shallow water (under 26′) during the low-light time from 7:45 to around 9:15a using 3/8 oz. white slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger Hooks attached. Once everyone had landed a handful of fish (20 total), we packed up and headed out in search of hybrid using live threadfin shad. The bite is still far from what it will be once we get warmer water and more stable weather, but, that action was steady if a bit slow.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Once again, no spawning shad after seeing the first spawning activity yesterday — likely due to the north wind which once again knocked our temperatures back overnight Wednesday into this Thursday morning – 49F.
TALLY: 48 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:45a
End Time: 12:35a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 49F
Water Surface Temp: 65.3F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE8-13
Sky Conditions: ~70% cloud cover
Water Level: 2.12 feet low
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 164 & 692 for a total of 20 whites on slabs
**Area B0065C – a few whites on livebait while attempting to catch hybrid
**Areas 1280, 1749, and 1378/344 – hybrid (and a few whites, bluecat, and largemouth) on live bait
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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