WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning, June 26th, I fished with the children of U.S. Army Major Jeff Halladay. Mrs. Nicole Halladay accompanied her three children, Lily (age 9), Owen (age 6), and Violet (age 4) on this SKIFF (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) program fishing trip provided free of charge through the efforts of the Austin Fly Fishers. MAJ Halladay has been in the military for 13 years and is currently deployed to Afghanistan where he is serving with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade as an ordnance officer managing logistics there.
SKIFF trips are provided free of charge to military children separated from their parents by their parents’ duty assignments, such as deployments, TDY assignments, military schooling, field time, gunnery, etc. Call me for details on a trip for your children if your situation is similar — 254.368.7411.
Lily Halladay with a pair of white bass taken 2-at-a-time as we downrigged with 3-armed umbrella rigs during late-morning.
Owen Halladay with a nice 15″ largemouth that slammed his Pet Spoon.
Little 4-year-old Violet with a white bass she landed with big sister Lily’s assistance. I think Owen is saluting her for her efforts 😉
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass, drum, and sunfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 26 June.
HOW WE FISHED: We divided the trip up into three distinct parts. First, we downrigged in two separate areas using Pet Spoons on 3-armed umbrella rigs to catch white bass (and 1 drum). Next, we went up shallow and fished in hydrilla beds for sunfish. We finished the trip up downrigging once again in yet another area, this time catching larger fish on average than the smaller fish we’d found earlier in the morning.
TALLY: 35 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:30a
End Time: 10:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F
Water Surface Temp: 82.8F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSE 10-13 the entire trip
Sky Conditions: ~50% cloud cover on a blue sky
Water Level: 5.56 feet low
GT = 30
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic SH0036C – downrigging
**Area SH0018C to 1500 – downrigging (okay at mid-morning, better at late morning after fishing the area twice)
**Area 832 sunfish
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)