Live … From Poland … it’s… DAD!!! –30 Fish on SKIFF Trip #12

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Monday, 17 September, I fished with 5-year-old John David Bowen and his mom, Lacey Bowen.  This was the season’s 12th S.K.I.F.F. trip conducted exclusively for military children separated from their parent’s due to their military duty.

In John’s case, his dad, U.S. Army Sergeant Tom Bowen, an Army medic, is serving with an engineer battalion in Poland on a months-long deployment there.  SGT Bowen has been in the Army for 10 years.  John was super-excited to get to talk with his dad via FaceTime all the way from Poland for a few minutes.  At that point, he’d landed 4 or 5 sunfish and talked so fast about all he was seeing and doing that I have no idea how SGT Bowen understood him!

John’s siblings are all girls and his mom had been at a loss for a way to provide him with some “guy time” activities, so, when she heard about SKIFF, she knew this would be a good fish.  So, after getting everyone either shipped off to school or entrusted to the care of her mom visiting from South Carolina, Lacey loaded John up for an on-time arrival at Stillhouse Hollow for 7:15 this morning.

 

Although he immediately took to handling the smaller sunfish we started out the day with, when it came to handling the “big game” we pursued later, John just wasn’t too sure about them.  Lacey promised John she’d hold the fish out as far away as she could to get John to join her for the mother-son photo.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on sunfish and white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Monday morning, 17 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   This morning we focused on the simplicity and instant gratification offered by shallow sunfish for as long as John stayed engaged, which was for about 2 hours worth of effort up shallow using bream poles.  When the novelty wore off of that approach, we re-rigged with downriggers and began presenting Pet Spoons at 29-31 feet down for white bass holding in slightly deeper water.  We picked up our first 2 fish in the form of a double, discovered that John really didn’t like reeling in these larger fish and DEFINITELY did not like to be near them when they came aboard, so, after landing another double which struck just minutes later on the other downrigger rod, we packed that equipment in and continued fishing for sunfish for another 30 minutes or so.  When all was said and done, we’d landed 26 sunfish (bluegill, longear, and redear) and 4 white bass.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:    Several small flocks of white pelicans stopped over during the weekend as teal season opened and damp, cloudy weather hung around for going on 2 full weeks now.

 

TALLY: 30 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:15 am

End Time: 10:15 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 70F

Water Surface Temp:   82.5F

Wind Speed & Direction: Light and variable under 2mph

Sky Conditions: 25% white cloud cover

Water Level: 8.11 feet low and falling

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Areas 201, SH0055C, and 203 for sunfish

**Area vic 1715 for downrigged white bass

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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The Coachable Coach — Ken Powell, 57 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning I fished with retired high school educator and coach, Ken Powell.  Ken phoned me a while back and told me how, after combing over my website, he was intrigued about the various methods I use for white bass in the summer months, and how he wanted to take a trip with me to be introduced to these tactics.  Residing in Burnet, most of Ken’s summer fishing has involved live shad fishing for freshwater pelagics with guides on Lake Buchanan, so he was looking forward to some variety.  The first thing I told him was, “Ken, we’re about to find out if the coach can be coached.”  He just grinned as he understood what I meant.  As our trip came to a close, Ken handed me the balance due in cash, AND a deposit for our next trip in November!  He was pretty excited about all he’d learned.

Retired coach Ken Powell remained coachable and had a great trip despite unstable weather as we pursued white bass on Stillhouse Hollow.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Wednesday morning, 12 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   Fishing was pretty slow for our first 2 hours as the weather was a continuation of yesterday’s fairly dark, murky skies, despite a forecast for lighter winds and brighter skies.  Those two things did materialize by around 9:30am and the fishing responded pretty quickly.  We downrigged and caught fish slowly but steadily in those first two hours, simultaneously watching sonar, the water’s surface for topwater action, and the skies for feeding terns.  We got into our first productive area, hooked up with a double-double (two fish on both downrigger rods all at the same time), and immediately stopped on these fish using the i-Pilot Link connection between my Humminbird and Minn Kota Ulterra to position us right on these fish.  We worked them over with tailspinners until they grew disinterested, then “mopped up” with downriggers as long as the fish would respond, then moved on to our next area after the fish grew inactive (as indicated by them not chasing the downrigger balls as the balls passed over them as seen on sonar).  At our next area, the winds varied from 2-5mph ESE, and the skies grew as bright as they would get all morning.  As thinner patches of clouds (under 100% cloud cover) allowed more sun through, the fish would respond instantly and feed on the surface; when thicker cloud cover made it darker, the fish would stop feeding on the surface.  We fished tailspinners vertically and cast slabs horizontally to tempt these very active white bass with largemouth bass mixed in.  When all was said and done, Ken okayed us to leave them biting so he could make an appointment down by San Antonio later in the day.  We boated 57 and lost a few more, especially amongst the largmouth hooked on topwater which often got off “on the jump”.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:    The light level in our last 75 minutes on the water teetered right on the treshhold which either spurred fish to feed on top (as the skies grew brighter), or pushed them down (as the skies grew darker).  It became very predictable as we watched that sole variable “adjust” the fish mood like a volume knob.  Pretty cool to observe this!

 

TALLY: 57 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:15 am

End Time: 11:35 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F

Water Surface Temp:   83.0F

Wind Speed & Direction: ESE4-6

Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.08 feet low and falling

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1448-0056 – whites on downrigger with one episode of vertical work with tailspinners

**Area SH0056C – whites on downrigger / tailspinners fished vertically / 3/8 oz. slabs fished horizontally

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Fall Friendzee Fishing with Grandpa Alan and Samuel — 39 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with Mr. Alan DiSomma of Mesa, Arizona, and his 14-year-old grandson, Samuel Rahm, of Belton.  Last year, Alan participated in a very well-run, online fundraiser for Lakewood Elementary School called the “Fall Friendzee”.  One of my guided multi-species fishing trips was on the list of items to bid for, and Alan and Samuel’s family were the high bidders.  Today we turned that paper gift certificate into fish and had a fun time doing it on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

 

Samuel Rahm and his grandfather, Alan DiSomma, put together a 39 fish haul under tough weather conditions.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Tuesday morning, 11 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  Given that both Alan and Sam had prior fishing experience, we focused on white bass for the entirety of our time on the water.  Due to the unstable weather, murky skies, and easterly winds, fish action was pretty subdued this morning.  We wound up downrigging for the entire time save for one brief bout of vertical work with tailspinners around 9:45.  We routinely found small pods of suspended fish, numbering perhaps 5-8 fish at most and watched on sonar as the downrigger balls went past them with no reaction from the fish versus shooting upward toward those balls as we hope for.  When all was said and done, we landed 38 white bass and 1 largemouth.  The downrigging was all accomplished with 3-armed umbrella rigs equipped with Pet Spoons.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   I’ve noted that the population of egrets on the lake has risen over the past several days and that these birds are flocking together in large groups.  Perhaps some early migrators rode the most recent cold front in.

Thermocline observations:

0 feet 83.4F

5 feet 83.6F

10 feet 83.6F

15 feet 83.6F

20 feet 83.6F

25 feet 83.6F

30 feet 83.7F

35 feet 83.4F

40 feet 79.6F

45 feet 70.8F

50 feet 66.8F

55 feet 63.9F

60 feet 61.1F

 

TALLY: 39 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 11:15 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F

Water Surface Temp:   83.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: E6-8

Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.06 feet low and falling

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0024C – whites on downrigger

**Area 914 – whites on downrigger

**Area SH0056C – whites on downrigger/tailspinners

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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Three Generations Aboard, & a “First Fish” to Celebrate — 37 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Mr. Steve Niemeier, his daughter, Emily Haberer, and Emily’s daughter, 3 1/2 year old, Zoey Haberer.  This was a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip just for Zoey.  This was Zoey’s first fishing trip and her first time on a boat.  Zoey is among the youngest anglers I’ve ever taken out, as I normally start around age 5, but, I knew Steve was already familiar with all of the tactics we’d be using and that he and Emily would work to help me make Zoey successful, so I was at ease with taking on the challenge.  Within just a few minutes of having Zoey on board, she had landed the first fish of her life, a small longear sunfish, thus earning a “First Fish Award” from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

 

This was 3 1/2-year-old Zoey’s largest fish caught on her very first fishing trip ever!  This 16″ largemouth was lurking down in ~36′ of water over a deeper bottom gorging on young of the year shad about 1.25″ long.  It struck one of the 3 Pet Spoons on one of our two umbrella rigs presented by way of downriggers.  The fish leapt from the water twice on its way to the boat, but the hook held fast and Zoey brought it to net like a pro.

This was the fish that got the ball rolling this morning.  This 3.25″ longear sunfish struck just minutes after Zoey came aboard.  It got her engaged and earned her a TPWD First Fish Award.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on sunfish & white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Monday morning, 10 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  This morning, in order to build in “transitions” necessary to keep a 3 1/2-year-old engaged, we fished using two very different tactics and used these both in a number of different areas.  With kids this young, even in the midst of the most successful fishing, they can lose interest pretty quickly, so, sometimes just a quick boatride elsewhere to continue doing the exact same thing is all they need to re-energize

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:     Thanks to cooler, cloudy, rainy weather, our surface temperature dropped from 85.0F on Saturday down to 82.4F before dawn this morning.

 

TALLY: 37 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 10:30 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F

Water Surface Temp:   85.0F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were light SSW at sunrise under 4mph, then swung more and more westerly as the morning went by, ending up at WSW8 by trip’s end.

Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.04 feet low and rising slowly thanks to steady rains region-wide over the past several days.

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0055C – 20 sunfish

**Area 1707 – sightcasting for topwater largemouth under birds

**Area 1246-1241 – downrigging for white bass & largemouth under birds; balls set 30-36′ deep

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Meet Adan Tijerina, Central Texas’ Newest Fisherman — 54 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Adan Tijerina, accompanied by his mom, Mandie Tijerina, who serves on active duty in the U.S. Army.  Mandie scheduled this trip for her son through the Ft. Hood SKIESUnlimited Program, which offers activities of all sorts, from art to cooking to dance to martial arts and more, to military and DOD kids, all led by qualified, background-checked professionals who enjoy introducing kids to their area of interest.  The activity I lead is called “Fishing 101”, and it is a 3.5 to 4 hour introduction to fishing by boat just right for kids from Kindergarten right up through high school.

Those interested in such activities may go see Brenda Brown, Instructional Program Specialist, Child & Youth Services in Bldg. 121, 761st Tank Battalion Ave., Room 145, Fort Hood, Texas, or visit with her by phone at 254-287-4592.

Adan really picked up on detailed things very quickly, which allowed him to do far better than most 7-year-olds I have aboard.  Once I told him and then showed him something, he was off and running on his own and doing well.

 

After starting our trip with a run of 23 sunfish, our first shot at downrigging yielded these much larger fish (one is a white bass and the other is a largemouth), which came as a double (2 fish on the same 3-armed umbrella rig at the same time).  Adan didn’t leave his jacket on for very long as he worked up a sweat reeling in the big ones.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on sunfish & white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Saturday morning, 08 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED: We began our morning up shallow fishing for sunfish with live bait under slipfloats.  Adan landed the first 5 bites he got and I knew right then it was going to be a good trip because he was very coachable and listened very well.  We went on to land 23 fish on slipfloats, including longear, green, and bluegill sunfish, as well as a single blacktail shiner.  After this, we graduated up to “big fish” and caught them with a variety of tactics.  First, we used downriggers to catch loosely schooled, suspended fish holding over top of bottom-oriented bait.  Next, we found the gamefish getting more active and beginning to drive bait throughout the water column and to the surface.  Once we observed plentiful topwater action, we sight-cast using shad imitating lure with enough heft to be cast long distances.  We started out with me casting (accurately) and Adan reeling the bait in through the fish, then progressed to him casting.  We also enjoyed a few episodes of working tailspinners for bottom-hugging fish, as well as casting those tailspinners horizontally for more white bass action.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:    We experienced a long, aggressive topwater bite on a westerly wind with cloud cover in advance of a slow-moving cold front which shifted winds to the north around 5pm later the same day.  As cloud cover increased and the skies darkened, the bite intensified; as clouds thinned and the skies brightened, the bite weakened.  This went on and on from ~8:00 – 10:45am.

TALLY: 54 fish, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F

Water Surface Temp:   85.0F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were light SSW at sunrise under 4mph, then swung more and more westerly as the morning went by, ending up at WSW8 by trip’s end.

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover thru 9am, then thinning to ~70% with some blue sky showing thru the breaks.

Water Level: 8.05 feet low and rising slowly thanks to scattered storms and reduced evaporation

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 201 – 23 sunfish

**Area 1246-1241 – downrigging, sight-casting, and tailspinners for a mix of 30 largemouth and white bass

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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LAST FISH CAUGHT WAS 1967 – WITH A GRENADE!!

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with retired golfing buddies Bill Torenko and Larry Mladic.  Bill treated Larry to a fishing trip for his birthday.  Neither had been fishing in quite some time, in fact, Larry recollected that the last time he went “fishing” it was with some other US soldiers and some Vietnamese allies in Vietnam.  The Vietnamese had a seine the strung across the shallow part of a stream while Larry and others lobbed 4 grenades into the stream simultaneously.  Bottom line according to Larry: “Man, we ate good that night!”

 

 

Not much to write home about this trip.  We landed 12 fish and they were something less than lunkers.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Georgetown

WHEN WE FISHED:  Wednesday morning, 05 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED: If you follow my blog or Facebook, you’ll know I do not sugarcoat my fishing results.  I report the good and the bad.  Today was just bad!  Georgetown has never been high on my list of lakes to fish.  When Bill’s initial email came in asking to guide him on Georgetown came in, I tried to ask him to consider shifting to the consistent bite on Stillhouse, but, for a number of factors that didn’t work for him or Larry.  So, we did our best on Georgetown.  We found some light schooling action by small white bass in open water and similar light schooling action by largemouth bass in shallower timber, all focused on young of the year shad found at or near the system.  The fellows were both a bit rusty on their casting, so trying to pick off fast moving topwater fish was not a good fit.  We wound up downrigging for a majority of our trip.  We landed 6 white bass, 5 short hybrid striped bass, and 1 small largemouth bass.  I never saw on sonar a group of open-water fish sufficiently congregated to consider stopping and vertically jigging for.  What fish we found we found in small packs and caught them in multiples, but never encountered more than a “wolfpack” of perhaps 10-15 fish at any given time.  This, plus still wind conditions, just made things even tougher on an already tough body of water.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   Light and variable winds under 3mph, generally SE when they did blow.

TALLY: 12 fish, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 11:15 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F

Water Surface Temp:   83.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm at sunrise and for about 90 minutes hence, then building to SE7 through 10am, then going calm again.

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover.

Water Level: 16.24 feet low and falling

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area GT0004C, GT0005C, 396, and 1853

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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Free Fishing Trips for Military Kids — 42 Fish with Matthew Carrillo

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Matthew Carrillo, the 14-year-old son of US Army Corps of Engineers Captain Alfredo Carrillo and his wife, Mrs. Amy Carrillo.  Matthew was introduced to fishing by his grandmother and, according to his mom, watches every fishing TV show currently in production.  Matthew came into the trip already very capable with a spinning outfit, thus allowing him to “reach out and touch” schooling largemouth bass during an 80-minute window when they fed on shad at the surface and gave their location away.

This was the season’s 11th SKIFF (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) program outing I’ve conducted thus far.  Free SKIFF trips are available to military kids during times of separation from their military parent due to duty requirements such as TDY assignments, military school attendance, gunnery, NTC or JRTC rotations, and, of course, during deployments. Interested parents need only call me at 254.368.7411 to schedule such a trip.

 

Amy Carrillo accompanied her 14-year-old son, Matthew, on this Labor Day 2018 SKIFF Program trip while her husband, US Army Captain Alfredo Carrillo is deployed to Iraq.  We found abundant topwater action on quality largemouth bass early in the trip.

As the skies brightened, despite remaining 100% clouded, the action moved sub-surface where we found quality white bass using downriggers.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on largemouth and white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Monday morning, 03 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   Our trip broke down into 3 segments this morning.  We sight-cast to topwater largemouth in our first 80 minutes on the water for fish schooled up into wolfpacks of 5-10 fish each, spread over a ~3 acre area.  After the sun brightened the sky and brought this topwater action to an end, we moved deeper and found willing white bass in large, fairly immobile schools, thus allowing us to have success with downriggers, routinely catching doubles and singles.  From 9:20 to 10:00, skies darkened temporarily as the SE wind peaked at 6mph, thus driving a late morning topwater feeding spree by largemouth and white bass which once again allowed for some exciting sight-casting.  Once the clouds thinned and the skies brightened, the wind also calmed and the fishing nosedived.  We wrangled only 2 more fish from 10 to 10:45 and then called it a good morning with 42 fish boated.  Given Matthew’s age and experience, we forewent the sunfishing I normally include as a component of SKIFF trips and focused on quality fish using a variety of tactics to give him as much “hands-on” experience as I could.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   The SE winds, grey cloud cover and low pressure ushered in by tropical activity in the Gulf caused fish to become quite active this morning to the point of feeding on the surface for extended periods of time.

TALLY: 42 fish, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00 am

End Time: 10:45 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp:   85.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm at sunrise and for about 90 minutes hence, then building to SE7 through 10am, then going calm again.

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.11 feet low and falling

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 884-1434 – topwater largemouth

**Area vic SH0048C – downrigging for white bass

**Area 1241-1221 – topwater white bass and largemouth

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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A MORNING OF FIRSTS — FISHING WITH THE ABSHIERS — 50 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Mr. Chris Abshier of Troy, TX, and his two children, 7-year-old Zephyr, and 5-year-old Tesla.  Mr. De Carson, a family friend, treated the kids to this outdoor adventure.  Although the kids had been boating before and had even made a few attempts at wetting a line, actually catching a few fish eluded them until this morning.

From left:  Zephyr Abshier, his dad, Chris Abshier, and Chris’ daugther, Tesla Abshier, with a pair of white bass taken on downriggers this morning.  The Abshier kids earned TPWD First Fish Awards this morning as each landed the first fish of their lives as our trip began. Both landed small bluegill sunfish and then went on to “big game” by mid morning.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on sunfish and white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Saturday morning, 01 September 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  We opened and closed this morning’s trip with sunfishing up shallow, and sandwiched a run at the white bass in the middle.  Our sunfishing involved live bait hung under lightweight slipfloats presented in less than 4 feet of water near hydrilla for bluegill and longear sunfish at 4 distinct locations.  Our white bass fishing took place in two distinct locations and involved presenting Pet Spoons on 3-armed umbrella rigs in ~28-34′ over deeper bottoms.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  The white bass fishing was a bit tough this morning thanks to clear skies and nearly calm winds the entire morning.  The thermocline measurement looked like this today:

0 feet 86.5

5 feet 86.5

10 feet86.4

15 feet 86.5

20 feet 86.4

25 feet 86.1

30 feet 85.6

35 feet 84.2

40 feet 79.1

45 feet 71.6

50 feet 66.3

55 feet 63.7

 

TALLY: 50 fish, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45 am

End Time: 10:30 am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp:   84.5F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm at sunrise, building to SSE4 about 90 minutes thereafter.  Only enough breeze to barely ripple the surface this morning.

Sky Conditions: 10% cloud cover.

Water Level: 8.02 feet low and falling

GT = 5

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  201, 422, and 420 sunfishing early

**Area  1970-1222 – downrigging

**Area SH0038 for sunfish in our final 40 minutes

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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LET’S GET OUT OF THE OFFICE! — 70 FISH WITH REAL STAR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with 4 members of the management at Real Star Property Management, including brothers Eli and Isaac Schlabach, Kati Nicholson, and trip coordinator, Brandon Griffin.  The crew took a break from their labors and ushered in the Labor Day 2018 Weekend with a nice catch of exactly 70 fish on Stillhouse Hollow.

From left: Eli, Isaac, Kati, and Brandon of Real Star Property Management with 4 of our smaller white bass, all taken seconds apart as we went into the final hour of this morning’s trip.  We found these fish in 36 feet of water, near bottom, and got them interested on bladebaits for a few minutes.  We timed the photo with the catch of 4 fish in a short span of time so the fish could quickly be released, thus avoiding barotrauma given that they came from deep, warm water.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Friday morning, 31 August 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  We stayed hard after the white bass for our entire trip this morning.  We observed sonar and natural sign to help get near fish and bait, then used downriggers to catch.  On occasion, we found heavy schools of active fish near bottom which we used tailspinners for.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  We observed a nice topwater display by small largemouth bass in open water and over several acres around 8:45a and under fairly low-wind conditions.  These largemouth were smallish, and generally refused our offerings.  Fast, extremely accurate casts were necessary to capitalize on these fish.  We gave them a go, but went back to white bass after a short while.  They proved more of a distraction than an opportunity.

TALLY: 70 fish, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00am

End Time: 11:00am

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp:   84.6F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm at sunrise, building to SSE5 by 8:45, then slowly increasing to SSE8 by trip’s end.

Sky Conditions: 10-20% cloud cover.

Water Level: 7.97 feet low and falling

GT = 55

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  1221-1242-SH0048C – downrigging/tailspinners

**Area  1970-1447 – downrigging

**Area SH0052C to SH0040C – tailspinners, then action died

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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LIL’ SQUARED — 77 BIRTHDAY FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Yvette Garcia, her 5-year-old daughter, Lilee, and Lilee’s friend from church, Lilli Moss.  This trip was in celebration of Lilee’s 5th birthday which took place on August 13th.  This same trio came aboard on August 1st last year in celebration of Lilee’s 4th birthday.  Last year the girls lasted about 3 hours and landed 48 fish.  This year, with a bit more age and experience under their belts, they hung in there for the full 3 1/2+ hours of their “Kids Fish, Too!” trip, and landed 77 fish.

That’s the birthday girl, Lilee Oliver, with a pair of fish she caught as a “double” (two fish on the same rod at the same time) as we used a 3-armed umbrella rig down between 33-36′ feet to target hungry, suspended white bass.  Beside Lilee is her buddy, Lilli Moss, and that’s the birthday girl’s mom, Yvette Garcia, in the background.

…and here’s the same crew celebrating Lilee’s birthday this time last year!!

WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on sunfish & white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED:  Saturday morning, 25 August 2018

HOW WE FISHED: This morning, no matter how good the fishing, we “kept it moving” so that young Lilee was sure not to lose interest.  We began fishing for sunfish up shallow using bream poles and slipfloats with live bait.  We fished two distinct areas and landed a total of 3 species of sunfish while tallying 21 fish, all from less than 3 feet of water near thick beds of hydrilla.  By 7:45am, we were moving out to deep, clear water  — the domain of the white bass — and using downriggers to target schools of these pelagic shad-eaters.  After the downrigging worked its magic (and was still working its magic), we changed up to keep things interesting and used spinning rods equipped with tailspinners over top of a particularly thick school of white bass.  We landed a handful of white bass in this way, but Lilee expressed a preference for the downrigging, so, we returned to downrigging for a spell until the white bass action was past peak.  We wrapped up the white bass effort with exactly 30 of that species boated.  We closed out our trip fishing in a third location for sunfish once again, and topped off the trip with a final 26 additional sunfish before calling it a good morning and heading on in while the girls were still energetic and the sun was not yet blazing.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: We fished atop the only surface action I witnessed since Wednesday morning.  This morning’s topwater action was fueled by schoolie largemouth popping young of the year shad over ~40 feet of water with white bass in great numbers hanging below them.  We experienced our fastest, most productive white bass bite during the 35 minutes or so when this topwater action was taking place.  As the surface feed went, so went the white bass fishing.

TALLY: 77 fish, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 10:35a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp:   84.6F

Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm at sunrise, building to SSE5-7 by 7:45, then shifting slowly and increasing to S8-9, then SSW9-11 by trip’s end.

Sky Conditions: 30% cloud cover.

Water Level: 7.68 feet low and falling

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:  

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 201 & vic 423 for 21 sunfish early

**Area 1440-SH0040C downrigging & tailspinners for 30 white bass

**Area SH0038C – for 26 sunfish late

 

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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