WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Monday, 21 May, I once again fished with DJ Fuller, this time accompanied by his son, Sam, age 9. As the school year winds down and the STAAR testing is all in the rearview mirror, the time was right for father and son to spend some time on the water. During this outing Sam caught the first hybrid striped bass of his life, the first white bass of his life, and the first blue catfish of his life.
From left: DJ Fuller of DB Fuller Homes and his 9-year-old son, Sam. The pair landed 52 fish on a shortened 3-hour excursion this morning on Lake Belton. We targeted hybrid striped bass, but also caught white bass and blue catfish, as well.
Sam does not appear to be traumatized by missing whatever the Salado Independent School District had in store for him today.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: We targeted hybrid striped bass for about 2.5 hours this morning, then changed over to slipfloat fishing for blue catfish. As always, we picked up white bass along the way, most of which were 2-year class fish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 21 May 2018
HOW WE FISHED: This morning’s trip was only 3 hours in length due to DJ’s work schedule. We fished live shad the entire trip, catching a majority of our hybrid by 8:40am, then a greater percentage of white bass through 9:10, then, to provide Sam with some variety, I broke out the slipfloat rods and we capitalized on the bluecat we had attracted to the area via out chumming. We used cutbait on these slipfloat equipped spinning rods to put a number of additional white bass, bluecat, and one bonus hybrid in the boat.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Area SHAD19 produced average sized threadfin this morning, and they showed up as late as I’ve seen spawning shad run lately — about 6:43 to 6:50. About 4 schools passed through the area in <2 feet of water over this span of time and that was it.
TALLY: 52 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:00a
End Time: 9:50a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 63F – air was rain-cooled from yesterday’s morning storms
Water Surface Temp: 75.1F
Wind Speed & Direction: Steady ENE breeze at 6mph
Sky Conditions: Grey skies
Water Level: 1.77 feet low and slowly rising thanks to Sunday morning’s storms which dropped 0.50 to 2.00 inches of rain area-wide.
GT = 195
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0092C – one stop atop this area for ~3 hours yielded 53 fish
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
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