Ft. Hood SKIESUnlimited Fishing 101 – A Morning with the DeLeons

WHO I FISHED WITH:   This morning, Monday, June 25th, I fished a short morning trip with the DeLeon family.  Command Sergeant Major Louis DeLeon, his wife, Rhoda, and their kids, Uziah (age 11), and Santino (age 8) all came aboard for a fishing trip booked through the Fort Hood SKIESUnlimited program open to military and DoD personnel.  CSM DeLeon had a bit of downtime after returning to Ft. Hood in the midst of a deployment to Arifjan, Kuwait; duty called again this morning so, we wrapped up a bit early just a some rain came in, but the fishing was solid right up until we headed in.



Santino DeLeon with his largest fish of the trip — a 3-year class white bass taken in ~41 feet of water on a Pet Spoon.


Uziah DeLeon with his best fish of the trip, also taken from over 41 feet of water with the downriggers set around 35′.  As grey skies and light rain moved in, the bite got increasingly better.


WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and largemouth bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 25 June.

HOW WE FISHED:   We fished for our first 2.5 hours via downrigging in two distinct areas using Pet Spoons on 3-armed umbrella rigs for white bass.  As light rains and heavy cloud cover moved in, the bite shifted shallower and to the surface where we through small slabs to imitate the young of the year shad these fish were feeding on.  Quick, accurate casts got bit 4/5 times.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:    As southerly winds brought training storm cells in a S to N line up and through our area, the morning grew increasingly humid, cloudy, dark, and calm.  The fishing action improved as this weather moved in to the point where, in our last 35 minutes on the water (about 8:55 to 9:25am) we had constant surface action surrounding the boat as schoolie largemouth fed on young of the year shad they were herding to the surface.




Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 9:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F

Water Surface Temp:  83.0F

Wind Speed & Direction:  S10 at trip’s start, decreasing to a light S ripple by trip’s end as light rain moved in from the S.

Sky Conditions: 80% cloud cover at trip’s start, increasing to 100% grey clouds and rain at trip’s end.

Water Level: 5.56 feet low

GT = 0




**Area vic 139 – downrigging under early morning, low light conditions; primarily yearling fish

**Area 1995 thru SH0033C – downrigging with once incidence of going vertical with tailspinners yielding 2 whites

**Area  1960-1966-SH0035C – area triangulating the largemouth topwater which broke out as light rain arrived




Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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