WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning, 09 April, I fished with Mr. Marty Wall of Killeen, his wife, Sheri, and their youngest son, Evan, now a student at Austin Community College. Marty makes a living as an independent home designer through his business, First Draft, and Sheri is a children’s book author. As both Sheri and Evan have April birthdays, Marty did a “two-for” and booked a birthday fishing trip for them, which he participated in as videographer.
18″ to 22″ fish like these were the norm this morning, ranging from 3 to 4.25 pounds. Here, Sheri and Evan hold a pair of fish landed just seconds apart as we used live shad to lure these big fish in.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a hybrid striped bass trip.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 09 April 2018
HOW WE FISHED: I was really concerned about our prospects this morning because after Saturday’s unseasonably cold wind and weather induced by a passing cold front, the lake surface temperature dropped by around 3F. Fortunately, we had easterly winds and 100% grey cloud cover this morning which helped hold in the previous day’s heat, and the fishing bounced back a bit. The fish were on fire, but we enjoyed steady action from beginning to end using live shad suspended where sonar dictated — typically in the lower third of the water column. We landed 57 fish including 22 legal hybrid with our single largest fish going exactly 5.00 pounds.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Once again, no spawning shad after seeing the first spawning activity last Monday, 02 April.
TALLY: 57 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:45a
End Time: 12:15p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 53F
Water Surface Temp: 63.1F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE8-12
Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover
Water Level: 1.99 feet low
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 690 – hybrid and a mix of other species on live shad
**Area 2027 – hybrid and a mix of other species on live shad
**Area B0018C – hybrid and a mix of other species on live shad
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)