HAIL TO THE CHIEFS! — 70 Fish @ Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Wednesday morning, May 2nd, I fished for the second time with “The Chiefs” — including Gene Ellis (Belton Chief of Police), Floyd Mitchell (Temple Chief of Police), and Mitch Randles (Temple Fire Chief).  This trip came exactly one year from the last such trip these three fellows took together with me in 2017.  As was the case both Monday and Tuesday, the hybrid bite was strong in the first 2.25 hours of the trip, then tailed off sharply after about 9:15am.  Our catch of 70 fish included 28 legal hybrid striped bass and the remainder was a mixed bag consisting mainly of white bass with a few largemouth and blue catfish sprinkled in. In our last hour, after finding a large, deep school of white bass in about 55 feet of water, we worked slabs vertically with light spinning tackle to fish specifically for that species.

 

“The Chiefs” from left, Floyd Mitchell (Temple Police Chief), Gene Ellis, (Belton Police Chief), and Mitch Randles (Temple Fire Chief) with a brace of 3.5 pound, 19 to 20″ hybrid stripers taken within minutes of one another during an early morning feeding spree.  These hybrid stripers were taken on live shad set about 6 feet off bottom in about 40 feet of water. 

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: During this trip, we focused on fishing for hybrid striped bass using live shad through 10:30 although, in hindsight, the majority of our hybrid came by 9:25am.  In our last hour or so we targeted white bass using spinning rod equipped with 3/8 oz. slabs and Hazy Eye Stinger hooks.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning, 02 May 2018

HOW WE FISHED:  Fishing was pretty straightforward this morning.  We used live shad when sonar revealed an abundance of hybrid striped bass on deep breaklines and caught fish well through about 9:25am.  The hybrid bite tapered off quickly thereafter and although we searched several areas and found marginal sonar returns, some of which we put baits down for, we had little success for hybrid in the later half of the trip.  Having seen this play out the same way on Monday and Tuesday, I came prepared with spinning gear to take advantage of the white bass bite which has remained much more consistent into the late morning.  We found two large schools of fish in deep water, about 80 yards apart and took fish steadily until we wrapped up around 11:30a.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) The grey clouds, balmy overnight temperatures, and southerly winds really activated the fish today for a thirdday in a row.    2) There was disappointingly little in the way of spawning shad this morning.

TALLY: 70 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00a

End Time: 12:30p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 70F

Water Surface Temp:  68.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE12-15

Sky Conditions:  100% grey clouds with occasional light drizzle

Water Level: 2.30 feet low and slowly falling

GT = 60

 

Wx SNAPSHOT:    

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 489/1277 – 28 legal hybrid with a few other smaller fish mixed in as we fished live shad

**Area vic 717 and vic 1469 – deep, heavily congregated white bass taken at a moderate pace on slabs

 

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Well, your life is about to change… —

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Wednesday morning I fished with the Oliver family, including “Paw” Oliver who turned 88 that day, his four sons, Jamie, Jack, Joe, and Jeff, and Joe’s son, Thomas.  Thomas, who is expecting his first child in mid-May, sat next to Paw at one point in the trip as we moved from one place to another.  Paw knowingly said to Thomas, “Well, your life is about to change,” referring to the arrival of the baby.  I always enjoy fishing with this very close-knit family.  Today’s fishing was not as enjoyable as the fisherman from my perspective.  Once again we were plagued with light winds and clear, bright skies in that normally most-productive first 2 hours of the day, then, when the wind did begin, it came suddenly from the northwest instead of slowly ramping up from the west and swinging northerly.  The fish reacted negatively, as evidenced by the majority of our fish being caught at our very first stop of the trip.

 

Expecting dad Thomas Oliver had the “hot rod” today, landing several hybrid on live shad.

Jeff Oliver (with fish) with his brother, Joe, standing by.  Jeff had two nice pulldowns in our last 15 minutes on the water, landing the second of them from out of ~30 feet of water..

 

Paw celebrated his 88th birthday on this trip.  The fishing was to be followed by lunch, then all hands were going to pitch in to do some yardwork for him while the weather was cool and the sun shone.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This trip was focused strictly on hybrid striped bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning, 25 April 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   We fished live shad in a variety of locations, putting a mixed bag of 28 fish in the boat.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) The lack of stability in our weather and the repeated, frequent cold fronts have prevented any consistency in the fishery up to this point this spring.

TALLY: 37 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00a

End Time: 12:20p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 65F

Water Surface Temp:  66.5-67.1F

Wind Speed & Direction:  NW breeze under 2 at trip’s start, ramp up rapidly from the NNW with the arrival of a mild, dry cold front.  Winds were 20, gusting higher as we departed.

Sky Conditions: Clear blue, cloudless skies

Water Level: 2.13 feet low and slowly falling

GT = R

 

Wx SNAPSHOT:   N/A

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

 

**Area vic 1482 – mixed bag on live bait

**Area vic 1079 – mixed bag on live bait

 

 

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Longing for Stability — 75 Fish @ Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Tuesday morning I fished with returning guests Rick Snelgrooes and Stuart Gehrke, accompanied by two other friends of Rick’s, Brad Messner and Dave Gullo, who came out with me for the first time.  Once again, poor fishing weather really plagued us.  We just haven’t gotten any traction from any stable weather all spring thus far.  Today, post-frontal clear skies and nearly calm winds made the fishing tough as nails.  The hybrid bite was next to non-existent, and what white bass we caught came in the noon hour as we enjoyed the first little bit of steady wind we would experience all morning.

 

Stuart Gehrke with a Lake Belton hybrid which, due to its slender build, made me look twice to verify that it wasn’t a full-blood striper.

Brad Messner, a retired U.S.A.F. instructor pilot and a Californian who normally stalks trout, was really enthusiastic about the techniques we used today, all of which were very new and different to him.

Dave Gullo managed to catch a few in between phone calls — no rest for those executive types, you know.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This trip was focused strictly on hybrid striped bass in the first 2/3 of the trip, then we saved some time at the end for vertical jigging for white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 24 April 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   We fished live shad in a variety of locations, putting a mixed bag of 34 fish in the boat in the first 3 hours of the trip, of which a low percentage were hybrid stripers.  We then closed out the trip by vertical jigging with slabs, putting another 42 fish (all white bass) in the boat.  Thanks to the first light wind of the day beginning to move the water, we enjoyed some steady action, albeit for smaller, but more numerous, fish.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) The lack of stability in our weather and the repeated, frequent cold fronts have prevented any consistency in the fishery up to this point this spring.

TALLY: 75 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:30a

End Time: 12:30p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 55F

Water Surface Temp:  65.7F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SE3-6

Sky Conditions: Clear blue, cloudless skies

Water Level: 2.12 feet low and slowly falling

GT = 100

 

Wx SNAPSHOT:   N/A

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

 

**Area vic 187 – mixed bag on live bait

**Area vic B0070C – mixed bag on live bait

**Area vic 378 – a quick take of 42 white bass as the wind began for the first time all morning in the 11a to noon hour

 

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Happy 51st with Matt, Matt, and Mitch – 33 Fish @ Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Monday morning I fished with Matt Laakso, his son, Mitch Laasko, and Matt’s friend, Matt Beauchene, all from the Austin area.  This spring has been plagued with cold, unstable weather, and this morning was no exception, with yet another late April cold front pushing winds from the north west, making the skies cloudless, and dropping the ambient temperature to 48F at launch time, well below the already low lake surface temperature of 65.3, which is well below average for this time of year by a full 5-6 degrees.  We caught fish, but it certainly wasn’t fast or furious.

 

Matt Laakso with one of his birthday trip hybrid striped bass from Lake Belton.  Despite poor conditions, we still caught a few quality fish.

Mitch Laakso had consistently good technique, especially when it came to taking the rod out of the rod holder without lifting upwards using the circle hooks we had on.

Matt Beauchene with a stocky one.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This trip was focused strictly on hybrid striped bass in the first 2/3 of the trip, then we saved some time at the end for vertical jigging for white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 23 April 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   We fished live shad in a variety of locations, putting 18 fish in the boat in the first 3 hours of the trip.  We then closed out the trip by vertical jigging with slabs, putting another 15 fish (all white bass) in the boat.  Even the white bass were buckled down pretty tightly thanks to the post-frontal, high-pressure conditions.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) The lack of stability in our weather and the repeated, frequent cold fronts have prevented any consistency in the fishery up to this point this spring.

TALLY: 33 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:45a

End Time: 1;30p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 48F

Water Surface Temp:  65.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  NE6-11

Sky Conditions: Clear blue, cloudless skies

Water Level: 2.11 feet low and slowly falling

GT = 55

 

Wx SNAPSHOT:   N/A

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

 

**Area vic 187 – mixed bag with legal hybrid

**Area vic 1743 – – mixed bag with legal hybrid

**Area vic B0073C – – mixed bag with legal hybrid

**Area vic B0079C – white bass via smoking with slabs & Hazy Eye Stingers

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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SPRING BREAK GRAND FINALE — 209 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Saturday morning I fished with 4 generations of Huttos.  Tom and Jeanean Hutto, two of their sons, Don and Frank, Don’s son, Heath, and Heath’s son, Hunter, all made this trip.  This was the tenth and final Spring Break week 2018 trip I conducted.   The conditions for today’s trip were perfect — the warmest water of the spring thus far (62.2F), humid, grey skies, and a manageable southerly breeze with some instability in the weather slowly approaching from the SW.  The fish fed long and hard, thus making this the most productive trip of the spring break week.  209 of the week’s total of 1,102 fish were landed by the Huttos this morning.

 

Four generations of Huttos landed 209 fish in four hours.  From the left, that’s Tom, Don, little Hunter, Heath, Frank, and Jeanean.

We “hung bait” in our last 40 minutes on the water, and put 3 hybrid and several more white bass in the boat.  Heath landed the largest of the 3 hybrid, and the largest hybrid I’ve seen thus far for 2018.  This fish went 23.5″ and 5.75 pounds on a certified scale.  It was a very thick, heavy fish for its length.

Grandma Jeanean landed two fish on the same lure at the same time.  She was full of such tricks this morning!

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday morning, 17 March 2018

HOW WE FISHED: Grey, humid, breezy conditions in advance of a change of weather had fish fired up and feeding long and hard this morning.  We had a full 3.5 hour long bite for white bass, then hung bait for a few hybrid for variety’s sake in our last 40 minutes.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  Boats all around us were moving and snap-jigging with next to no success.  Staying in one area and using a smoking tactic really shined this morning.

TALLY: 209 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:30a

End Time: 11:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 67F

Water Surface Temp:  62.2F

Wind Speed & Direction:   SSW 18-20

Sky Conditions:   100% light grey cloud cover

Water Level: 2.50 feet low and falling

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  B0058C / B0056C / B0054C / B0055C

 

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HYBRID ON THE BRINK – 104 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday evening I fished Lake Belton with Mr. Lin McCraw and four teenagers, including Lin’s two sons, Cole and Wil, and family friends Marvin Jordan and Jace Sims.  I came prepared for both white bass which I felt confident we would catch, as well as for hybrid striper, which I was less confident about based on recent, spotty fishing for that species in the still-cold water.  Lin makes his living as an attorney up in the McKinney area in north Texas and came down for a visit to his ranch near Gatesville.

 

From left, Jace Sims and Cole McCraw handle a nice pair of hybrid that fell for cutbait as a large school of fish fed on shad in 25′ over a 40′ bottom.

Wil McCraw with one of ten hybrid we landed in a short, intense feed which took place under birds around 5pm.  That’s his dad in the background.

 

Marvin Jordan calmly listed to my coaching and did a great job boating our largest fish of the trip, a 4.125 pound hybrid striped bass, also taken on cutbait.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip during which we caught both hybrid stripers and white bass.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Friday evening, 09 March 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   As most afternoon trips do, today’s trip started slow and ended better.  For our first two hours we vertically jigged for smaller white bass holding tight to bottom in 22-35′ with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stingers affixed.  During our third hour we encountered quickly moving schools of fish pushing bait toward the surface from beneath.  Most of the action was in 25′ over a 40-45′ bottom.  We found hybrid willing to take cutbait (but not live shad) and put 10 in the boat with a few more missed before this action under birds died down to nil.  Our final hour was spent slow-smoking slabs in 26′ at a breakline.  Birds got us close and sonar closed the deal.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  1) The hybrid bite is “teetering” on the brink of taking off.  The bite over the past 10 days has been spotty, but a few more degrees of water temperature rise should see a big improvement.  2) Chunk bait far outperformed live bait for the hybrid we encountered.

TALLY: 104 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 2:30 pm

End Time:  6:40 pm

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  68F

Water Surface Temp:  59-61F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE13-15

Sky Conditions: 65-80% grey clouds

Water Level: 2.44 feet low

GT = 15

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 788 to 382 (with 3 short hops) vertical jigging with 3/8 oz. slabs in 25-35′

**Area  vic 1024 vertical jigging with 3/8 oz. slabs in 22′

**Area  B0049C – fishing under birds with cutbait for 10 hybrid holding at 25′ over 40-45′

**Area  B0052C – slow smoking slabs for white bass in ~26′ during last-light bite

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER — 72 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past  Tuesday afternoon I fished with Terry Balz of Seaton, TX.  Terry and I worked at Wilsonart at the same time a number of years ago, where both of us got to know another angler and Wilsonart employee by the name of George O’Connor.  Mr. O’Connor is an excellent hybrid striped bass angler who specializes in using artificial lures (only) for making his catches.  George is getting up there in years and recently sold his readily distinguishable red and white Champion center console to Terry.  Today’s trip was intended to give Terry a reintroduction to Lake Belton, the fish species there, and a few of the seasonally-appropriate techniques useful in pursuit of those species.

Mr. Terry Balz of Seaton, TX, came out with me after buying a new boat to see how everything comes together on the water using electronics, “fish sense”, and seasonally-appropriate presentations to consistently put together catches of fish on Lake Belton.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday evening, 27 February 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   Fishing varied with the weather today.  We began under ideal conditions (a warm SE breeze under 13mph and grey clouds in the midst of a warming trend) and caught 50 fish in our first 2 hours at just one location.  Then, the wind died, allowing the cool water to chill the air immediately above it, thus resulting in a heavy fog for about 30 minutes.  A clearing SE breeze picked back up and warmed things up, allowing our last hour on the water to be productive, as well, after a hour-long dry spell.  We fished for those first 2 hours with a number of tactics mainly to introduce Terry to them, although a slow smoking tactic was by far the most effective.  We also used snap-jigging and deadsticking tactics.  In our last hour, I moved from out of the 50+ foot water into just 28′ where we found a flock of about 15 terns leading the way to some pre-sunset white bass action.  When we first arrived, I maneuvered us right under the terns and we took fish via an easing tactic and by smoking.  When it became apparent that the fish were widespread along the bottom, we finished up by throwing bladebaits and fishing them in a lift-drop fashion.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  1) The fish were really fired up this afternoon with perfect conditions (at least until the storm moved in).  We had WSW winds at 12mph, grey cloud cover, and a warming trend with surface temps at 52.5F.  2) In comparing notes with fellow guide Jason Weisberg, the afternoon bite seemed more aggressive; we both observed large schools of suspended fish in deep water readily taking our presentations.

TALLY: 72 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 2:15p

End Time:  6:30p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  67F

Water Surface Temp:  56.1F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SE7 for 2 hours with grey cloud cover, then calm with fog for an hour, then a returning, clearing SE7-9 wind leaving 60% cloud cover.

Sky Conditions:  Grey clouds for 2 hours, heavy fog for the 3rd hour, then clearing to 60% clouds for the final stretch through sunset.

Water Level: 2.37 feet low and rising slowly thanks to abundant, but light and well-spaced, rainfall.

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area between B0041C & 1490 – mixed bag of hybrid, white bass, largemouth, and drum out of 52′.  Most fish suspended from 40-45′.  Slow smoking excelled.

**Area 561 – found fish under terns as low light kicked in near sunset.  Caught via smoking, easing with slabs, then lift-dropping with blades.

 

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2-Day Delay Yields Another 100 Fish Outing

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday morning, December 29th, I fished with John Shotwell, John’s 17-year-old son, Hunter, and John’s father-in-law, Bob Shea.  We were originally due to fish on Wednesday of this week, but a raw, windy, wet coldfront put windchill temperatures in the 20’s and air temperatures in the 30’s all day that day, so, we waited until conditions moderated a bit.  Although the air temperature was only 39F as we began our trip, the wind was much more manageable and the temperature did slowly climb.

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From left: John Shotwell, Hunter Shotwell, and Bob Sylvia each with white bass taken on vertical tactics using slabs on Lake Belton.  We had to move frequently and encountered a lot of lethargic, smaller fish today as the fishery bounced back from two chilly nights in a row.

 

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 29 December, 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  We used slabs 100% of the time today, either via snap-jigging or with a slow smoking tactic.  We had to move around a good bit as we found the fish would initially express interest in our presentations and give chase, but would cool off quickly and, after a short while, flat refuse to strike.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) No helpful bird action today. 2) We had to gear down on the speed of our smoking retrieve to get bit consistently today.  3) When slow-smoking stopped working, we “mopped up” with snap-jigging.  4) We had a lot of smaller fish in the catch today.

TALLY: 100 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 8:00a

End Time:  12:15p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  39F

Water Surface Temp:  53.3F

Wind Speed & Direction:  E4-6

Sky Conditions: 100% grey clouds with a light fog

Water Level: 2.88 feet low

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

29DEC17

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  1177

**Area   2059

**Area   187

**Area  B0004C

**Area  B0020C

**Area B0016C

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A Pair of Old Salts — 87 Fish, Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning I fished with U.S. Navy retirees Captain Ray Johnson and Chief Petty Officer Mac McElroy, both of Harker Heights, TX.  This would be the last balmy day before the most recent wet cold front pushed into central Texas.

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Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Mack McElroy of Harker Heights with a nice Belton Lake hybrid striper we took under birds before the most recent cold front moved in.  Note Mack is wearing shorts in December.  Mack retired from the Navy after serving in the Seabees.

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Long-time client retired U.S. Navy Captain Ray Johnson of Harker Heights with our first hybrid of the morning.  Ray served as a flight surgeon and pediatrician for nearly 30 years beginning at age 18.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 04 December, 2017

HOW WE FISHED: Conditions were favorable this morning with a manageable SSE wind and light grey cloud cover all morning.  We fished under birds in shallower, more turbid water in one of Belton’s tributaries for the first two hours, then moved to deeper, clearer water to enjoy another 90+ minutes of action, also under birds.  We put all of our “tributary fish”, most of which were white bass, in the boat using smoked slabs.  Because the clear water fish we fished for during the second half of the trip were scattered and moving, we used slabs, but found ourselves spot-hopping frequently to keep rods bent.  As the bite slowed, I experimented with downrigging for the suspended hybrids I still saw at 20-25 feet deep using bucktails with soft plastic trailers.  Our short experiment quickly accounted for one keeper hybrid, but, my clients showed a preference for action and numbers, so, we went back to slabbing as the situation allowed.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) Much like the bite last Tuesday, although fish were active enough and abundant enough to draw birds, they were not “over the top” aggressive, thus, we had to “spot hop” frequently to keep up with active fish using artificials.

TALLY: 87 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:10a

End Time:  11:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  70F

Water Surface Temp:  63.7F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE11-15

Sky Conditions:  Light grey skies

Water Level: 2.72 feet low

GT = 10

Wx SNAPSHOT:

04DEC17

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  2036 thru 1342 – spot hopping under birds throughout this area through 8:35a

**Area 840 through 497 until 10a – smoking slabs for a mixed bag of white bass and hybrid striper

**Area  1142 through 347 through 1009 until 11a – – smoking slabs for a mixed bag of white bass and hybrid striper; one downrigged hybrid on a jig and trailer

 

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Columbus Day with the Colonels’ Kids — 44 Fish, SKIFF Trip #21

WHO I FISHED WITH: With our local school district having the day off for Columbus Day, I had military parents interested in getting their kids on the water while the weather is still pleasant.  This morning I conducted the 21st free “SKIFF” (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) program trip of the 2017 season.  Mrs. Alison Errington brought her 12-year-old daughter, Becky, as well as two neighbor boys, Lance and Wells Noon, ages 13 and 11.  Becky’s dad, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Errington is the battalion commander of the 316th Field Artillery in South Korea.  The boys’ dad, Colonel Scott Noon, is a logistics officer now deployed to Kuwait.

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The kids were all grins as we worked tailspinners with great early morning success over an aggressive school of white bass in 32 feet of water.  Thanks, Dave Hill, for the sharp SKIFF caps you had made up for the kids.

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I had to vote for Wells as my most enthusiastic angler of the trip.  He stuck with it right to the very end with a high level of enthusiasm throughout the trip.  That enthusiasm was rewarded with a “triple” — three fish on one rod at the same time.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 09 October (Columbus Day)

HOW WE FISHED: We downrigged as the action ramped up and ramped down at the beginning and end of the trip and worked tailspinners over heavily schooled, bottom-hugging fish from roughly 8:30 to 9:30.  The hour from 9:30 to 10:30 was tough and slow.

OBSERVATIONS:  N/A

TALLY: 44 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:15a

End Time: 11:15a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:

Water Surface Temp:

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSE10-13

Sky Conditions:  10% white cloud cover the entire trip

Water Level: 1.22 feet low

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT: 

09OCT17

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1715 –  17 white bass in our first hour on downriggers with Pet Spoon on 3-armed umbrella rigs

**Area vic 1719 to vic 699 – took tally up to 38 in 30′ on tailspinners in an area tipped off by surface feeding largemouth

**Area 1179-411-558 – finished up with a half dozen small fish on downriggers from off bottom

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

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