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.
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.
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.
TALLY: 44 FISH, all caught and released
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
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
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)