WHO I FISHED WITH: Earnest Henderson of Georgetown and his son-in-law, Evan Blazor, from the Bryan-College Station area. Earnie cashed in a Christmas 2016 gift certificate from his sister, Kathleen Ramey, of Salado on this trip.
From left: Evan Blazor and his father-in-law, Earnie Henderson, stuck with it for a full day on Lake Belton and were rewarded with a 190 fish day. The lion’s share of the fish were white bass.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 20 October 2017
HOW WE FISHED: This was a full day trip, so, we fished from 7:25a through 12:30p and landed 111 fish during that time on one segment of Lake Belton. We then took a lunch break and returned to the water for the afternoon segment, fishing from 2:45p through dark at 7:00pm during which time we landed 79 fish, for a total of 190 fish. The vast majority of our fish came on 3/4 oz. slabs equipped with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks fished using a “smoking tactic”. We also took a few fish up shallow at first light using bladebait, as well a 7 fish off a deep flat using downriggers during the slow first part of the afternoon trip.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: This was the third day of what will be a 4-day warming trend. Fishing was spotty in the morning thanks to light winds through 11am. Once the wind began to blow steadily, the bite came on strong through 12:30 when the fish went into the ‘midday lull’.
TALLY: 190 FISH, all caught and released
AM Start Time: 7:25a
AM End Time: 12:30p
PM Start Time: 2:45p
PM End Time: 7:00p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 65F
AM Water Surface Temp: 74.9
PM Water Surface Temp: 75.9
AM Wind Speed & Direction: S2 at trip’s start, tapering up to S11 by trip’s end
PM Wind Speed & Direction: SSE12 entire PM trip
Sky Conditions: 80-100% grey cloud cover all day
Water Level: 1.74 feet low
GT = 50
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS (AM):
**Area vic 1681 and vic 1573 – shallow horizontal bladebait action
**Area 1916/2029 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
**Area 998/2026, 2027, 2028, 2029 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
**Area 1677 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS (PM):
**Area vic 151 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
**Area vic 834/1790 – downrigging with balls set at 33-25′
**Area 150/1012 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
**Area 355 – slabs fished with a smoking tactic
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)