Daddy-Daughter Day — 51 Fish, Stillhouse Hollow

This morning, June 13th, I fished with Mr. Joe Ybanez of Harker Heights, TX, and his 7-year-old daughter, Claire.  Joe’s wife presented him with a fishing gift certificate over the holidays, and Joe decided to cash it in today before heading to Fort Drum for their next military assignment.

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When clouds kept a good sunrise topwater bite from forming, we headed deep and found cooperative white bass ready to pursue our downrigged baits.

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As we downrigged, occasional small packs of largemouth would break the surface as they popped shad.  When they got too close, we got ’em on grubs and jigheads.

 


We met at 6:15a on Stillhouse Hollow and fished for four hours.  We began the morning looking for topwater action but, as was the case yesterday, heavy clouds obscured the sunrise and kept any topwater action suppressed.

We next checked out the deep water bite with downriggers and found loosely schooled white bass in 35-42 feet of water ready to bite.  We worked these fish for about 1.75 hours, regularly taking singles and doubles of white bass, with a few largemouth sprinkled in, too.  During a few sunny stretches allowed for by breaks in the clouds, largemouth would begin chasing shad at the surface.  This allowed up to pick off a few schoolie-sized largemouth on grubs and jigheads before the wind and more clouds once again shut that bite down.

After the downrigging at this first place we searched died down, Claire was ready for a change of pace.   I searched just one area looking for white bass we could jig for, and, finding none there, we devoted the remainder of our time to catching sunfish in shallow water at two locations.

The sunfish cooperated well this morning, allowing us a variety of species (bluegill, longear, redear) and a variety of sizes.

We landed a total of 51 fish for our efforts this morning.

TALLY: 51 FISH, all caught and released

Wx Snapshot:

13JUN17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp: 81.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE8-10

Sky Conditions: Fair skies with 60% cloud cover.

Water Level: 0.80 feet above full pool and falling; 400 cfs release at dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 853 thru 039  – white bass and largemouth on downriggers with occasional shots at topwater fish chasing shad

**Areas 200 and 1948 – sunfish on slipfloats

 

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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SKIESUnlimited Trips for Fort Hood Kids — 48 Fish, Stillhouse, 12 June ’17

This morning, June 12th, I conducted a Fort Hood SKIESUnlimited program trip for Charley and Addison Elgin.

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Addison Elgin of Fort Hood landed half of the 48 fish she and her brother boated this morning, including a mix of white bass, largemouth bass, and sunfish.

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Charlie landed several largemouth today and prided himself in carefully removing the hook from as many as he was able to on his own.

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A “double-double!! Four fish on two rods, all at the same time.

We met at 6:15 on Stillhouse Hollow and fished for four hours.  We began looking for topwater action but, thanks to a heavy cloudbank in the east, no direct sun hit the water at anywhere near the normal time of sunrise, thus the topwater did not develop.

We moved off into deeper water and began probing with sonar and downriggers and immediately got into fish.  We landed singles, doubles, and even a “double-double” (both kids landing two fish at a time simultaneously – see photo) using tandem rigs equipped with Pet Spoons.

Every so often I would see a school of fish tightly grouped on bottom.  Such fish are “ripe for picking” using a smoking tactic now that the water is warm.  I would have the kids bring in the downrigging gear, then I’d stop the boat, put us in a hover over the fish, and have the kids drop ¾ oz. slab retrofitted with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks down to them.  We’d then work these baits for these fish as long as the fish stayed interested.

This combination of downrigging and jigging allow us 33 fish boated through mid-morning up until a bank of heavy grey clouds moved directly over us, thus obscuring the sun.  When this happened, the fishing fell off quickly, and from that point on we were only able to scratch up one more white bass and two small largemouth on the downriggers.

With about 30 minutes left before the kids’ mom was due to pick them up, we transitioned over to fishing with poles and slip-floats for sunfish in shallow water.  The kids got the hang of this very quickly, including the correct hooksetting technique, and put a final 12 fish in the boat before we called it a good morning.

We landed a total of 48 fish for our efforts.

IF YOU ARE A MILITARY PARENT INTERESTED IN ARRANGING A TRIP FOR YOUR OWN CHILD:

To participate in such courses, children must first be registered with Child and Youth Services (CYS).  Registration is free and is accomplished by contacting Parent Central Services at 254.287.8029.

Once registered, parents may go online to enroll their children for the myriad courses available.  Payment must be made for courses in advance.

Military families separated from their sponsor may be eligible for deployment benefits in the form of SKIESUnlimited course credits.  Mission Level 1 credits may amount to $300 per child and Mission Level 2 credits may amount to $150 per child.  Parent Central Services can help parents understand which applies to their situation.

TALLY: 48 FISH, all caught and released

Wx Snapshot:

12JUN17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Water Surface Temp: 81.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE8-10

Sky Conditions: Fair skies with 40% cloud cover, increasing to 60% cover

Water Level: 0.85 feet above full pool and falling; 400 cfs release at dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1128 thru 039 thru 1120 – 33 whites on a combo of downrigging and smoking

**Area 986 – downrigged for 2 largemouth

**Area 667 – 13 sunfish

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Army Brothers Earn 2 “First Fish Awards” Saturday — Belton, 10 June ’17

This past Saturday morning, June 10th, I fished with Mrs. Joanne Rich’s two boys, Omari and Jayden. Mrs. Rich signed the boys up for this fishing trip through the Fort Hood SKIESUnlimited program, and also joined us as a chaperone.

 

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Omari landed the first fish of our trip, and the first fish of his life, just minutes after we arrived at our first stop of the morning.  This fish earned Omari a TPWD “First Fish Award”.

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After catching his first fish (a white bass) by casting to surfacing fish in shallow water, Jayden later landed this larger white bass using downrigging gear in 28′.  Mom looks a bit unsure about this whole fishing thing.

For the second day in a row, the early morning topwater bite was both light and brief thanks in part to choppy water created by a southeasterly wind. I have to think this chop makes it that much more difficult for the white bass to see and pin the young of the year shad up against the surface.

Regardless, both boys landed the first fish of their lives as we cast to what few surface feeders showed themselves. Omari’s first fish was a largemouth bass, and Jayden’s first fish was a white bass.

After the topwater bite died by 7 AM, we made use of downriggers for an additional hour, slowly but steadily picking up more white bass mostly one at a time, but with a pair of doubles thrown in for good measure.

After the action died on downrigging, we changed up and pursued sunfish in shallow water. We visited five areas, two of which produced well, allowing the boys to catch a variety of sunfish species.

With about 30 minutes left in the trip, I quickly looked over three distinct areas attempting to locate some blue catfish to fish slip floats over, but, thanks to the winds approaching 14 to 15 mph, the deeper, more open water I had hoped to fish was not a good choice for novice anglers attempting to observe light bites on a slip float.

We ended up the day with exactly 26 fish landed, and two “first fish” awards earned by the boys for their efforts.

IF YOU ARE A MILITARY PARENT INTERESTED IN ARRANGING A TRIP FOR YOUR OWN CHILD:

To participate in such courses, children must first be registered with Child and Youth Services (CYS).  Registration is free and is accomplished by contacting Parent Central Services at 254.287.8029.

Once registered, parents may go online to enroll their children for the myriad courses available.  Payment must be made for courses in advance.

Military families separated from their sponsor may be eligible for deployment benefits in the form of SKIESUnlimited course credits.  Mission Level 1 credits may amount to $300 per child and Mission Level 2 credits may amount to $150 per child.  Parent Central Services can help parents understand which applies to their situation.

 

TALLY: 26 FISH, all caught and released

Wx Snapshot:

10JUN17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F

Water Surface Temp: 80.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: SE

Sky Conditions: Fair skies with 40% cloud cover

Water Level: 0.46 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1746 – light topwater white bass action

**Area 488 thru 1923 – downrigging for whites at mid-morning

**Area 492, 1583,1794 – sunfish up shallow

 

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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“Kids Fish, Too!” trip nets 48 for the Glass girls — Lake Belton, 09 June ’17

This past Friday morning, June 9th, I conducted a “Kids Fish, Too!” trip on Belton Lake with Ember and Ever Glass. Accompanying the girls as chaperones were their grandfather, Joe Glass, and the girls’ father, Michael Glass, of the DFW area.

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Ember saved the best for last, landing this 4 pound blue catfish just as we were about to wrap up our morning excursion.

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Both girls handled the downrigger rods well, thus, white bass made up the majority of our catch this morning.

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Ember and Ever did equally well on sunfish caught out of shallow cover this morning.  Here, Ember shows the largest sunfish we caught, a nice redear that came off a mix of brush and rocks.

My “Kids Fish, Too!” trips are less expensive, and shorter duration trips targeted towards elementary aged kids. These trips focus on quantity over quality in order to keep up with these younger kids’ short attention spans.

Today we divided the trip into four parts that played out over the span of about four hours. The first part of our trip we spent searching for white bass aggressively forcing young of the year shad to the surface and creating a commotion on the surface thus letting us know right where the fish were and where to cast to. The girls each caught one fish in the very weak, and short-lived, surface action found today under windy conditions and dark early-morning skies.

The second part of our trip involved downrigging for white bass that had pushed down further in the water column and also further offshore after the initial topwater feed was over.

The third part of our trip involved fishing for sunfish in shallow cover using poles equipped with slip floats.

The final part of our trip involved using slip floats in deep water and using fresh, dead shad as bait for small blue catfish.

All of these approaches contributed to our final take of 48 fish. The largest fish of the trip was the last one landed. Ember brought in a 4 pound blue catfish on medium action spinning gear. She brought this fish up from out of 40 feet of water and did a very good job of it.

TALLY: 48 FISH, all caught and released

Wx Snapshot:

09JUN17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F

Water Surface Temp: 80.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: SE

Sky Conditions: Fully grey skies all morning with the lightest of occasional precip. falling in the last hour

Water Level: 0.50 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 5

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1641 & 562 – light topwater white bass action

**Area 794 thru 1792 – downrigging for whites at mid-morning

**Area 1583 – sunfish up shallow

**Area vic 150 – blue cat on fresh, dead shad under slip-floats

 

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Before that Long Drive to College — 94 Fish, Lake Belton, 08 June ’17

This past Thursday morning, June 8th, I fished with Mike Mansell, his son Peyton, and Denver Holman, a friend of the family. My intention was to introduce the three to a number of effective summertime tactics for Belton and Stillhouse.

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Graduating Belton High School quarterback Peyton Mansell with one of several nice hybrid he landed before heading off to play football as an Iowa Hawkeye.

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Mike Mansell, a West Pointer and Army dentist, with his best hybrid of the trip.

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Family friend Denver Holman chipped in with a few white bass, hybrid, and catfish of his own.

 
Mike is a dentist in the U.S. Army and, as our conversation later revealed, a fellow West Point graduate. Peyton is headed to college to play football as an Iowa Hawkeye. Denver is the younger brother of Peyton’s girlfriend, who is on an athletic scholarship at Abilene Christian University.

As was the case yesterday, we experienced a solid topwater feed by white bass up until the sun began to shine directly on the water around 7:10 AM. By the time the fish quit hitting our paddletail grubs, my threesome had landed over 30 fish.

We remained in this general vicinity, moved out a bit deeper, and continued to take fish using tandem rigged Pet Spoons behind downriggers.

When the early, shallow bite dried up, we moved out to deeper water to hunt hybrid with livebait and to specifically target blue catfish using fresh, dead shad.

Sonar revealed hybrid striper slightly up off bottom in around 40 feet of water, so we put live threadfin shad down to tempt them and, over about an hour’s time landed 13 legal hybrid plus a number of white bass in addition to a few blue cat.

Once sonar revealed that the hybrid had moved out and that the blue cat had moved in, we switched over to fishing slip floats to present fresh, dead shad at depth to tempt them. Although most of the blue cat were small, they were more than cooperative, and very engaging. By 10 AM we had landed right at 80 fish. With about 30 minutes remaining in our trip, I offered that we could try one last area for hybrid once again and everyone was agreeable to that.

As I searched for hybrid, I found heavily congregated white bass s lying belly-to-bottom over a 15 yard area in about 42 feet of water. This scenario is just right for summertime “smoking” tactics using slabs. We quickly got set up over top of these fish using my Ulterra trolling motor’s Spot Lock function. This smoking tactic accounted for a quick, final 13 white bass. We were also able to boat one more legal hybrid using a chunk bait on the opposite side of the boat from that which the three were jigging from.

We ended our morning with 94 fish boated including 14 legal hybrid stripers.

 

TALLY: 94 FISH, all caught and released

Wx Snapshot:

08JUN17

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F

Water Surface Temp: 80.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: ESE

Sky Conditions: Fair skies with light haze and 10% wispy white cloud cover

Water Level: 0.53 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 794 thru 024 – topwater whites on grubs

**Area 1748 & 133 – downrigging tandem rigged Pets for whites

**Area 152 – hybrid on live shad; bluecat on fresh, dead shad

**Area vic 344 – whites on smoked slabs; one hybrid on chunk bait

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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A Tough Summer Evening on Belton — 30 Fish, 07 June ’17

This past Wednesday evening, June 7th, I fished with John Leavy, his teenage son, Connor, and John’s stepfather, Mike Marcel, who is visiting Texas for a week from New York City.

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Connor Leavy shows our largest white bass of the trip.  This fish exceeded 13″.  His grandfather, Mike Marcel, who was visiting from New York City, looks on.

 

As is typical of Belton during the summer, our first two hours from 4:30 to 6:30 PM were quite tough, giving up only 12 fish.

We used a combination of livebait (which got us nothing this afternoon), cutbait targeting blue catfish on slip corks, and downrigging with tandem rigged Pet Spoons for white bass.

Despite a slow start, we had a pretty good conclusion, putting 18 white bass the boat in our closing 25 minutes as some very light twilight schooling took place under calming wind conditions.

We closed out the trip with 30 fish landed for our efforts this evening.

 

TALLY: 30 FISH, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 4:30p

End Time: 9:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 87F

Water Surface Temp: 80.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: NW4

Sky Conditions: Cloudless, fair skies all afternoon

Water Level: 0.56 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1404-1604 downrigging for sparse white bass

**Area 1800 downrigging for sparse white bass

**Area 1000 downrigging for sparse white bass

****Area 1664 & 437 downrigging followed by surface action ’til dark

 

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Happy 70th, Phil! — 79 Fish, Lake Belton, 07 June ’17

This past Wednesday morning, June 8th, I fished with Mr. Phil Moore of Killeen, and his two brothers-in-law, David Norwood of Colorado, and Garvon Golden from the Dakotas. This trip was in celebration of Phil’s 70th birthday.

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Phil Moore, the birthday boy, with one of the 18 keeper hybrid we landed today after a nice topwater blitz by white bass and largemouth right at first light.

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David Norwood of Colorado with one of the hybrid we took from 40′ on live shad.

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Former Lake Belton white bass C&R record holder Garvon Golden with a hard-pulling hybrid he landed.
I have been off the water for 10 days on a fishing vacation to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. So, today I was a bit unsure of what I would find, but, thanks to help from a network of fishing friends, I had some pretty reasonable expectations as to where fish would be, and what mood they would be in.

We met up at 6:10 AM, and by 6:25 AM had all three guests hooked into white bass which were forcing young of the year shad to the surface and gorging on them. The “nervous water” that they created as they fed was a giveaway so long as your eyes could pick up on this clue. We moved to three or four different schools of fish all within about 1/4 mile stretch of lake making as many casts to each school as we could before the fish sounded, thus forcing us to move on to another school. Our lure of choice for this was a paddle tail grub chosen to simulate the size and color of these small young of the year shad.  “Schoolie” sized largemouth bass were mixed in with these white bass.

For more details on fishing this grub, see my article from this past Sunday’s Killeen Daily Herald: http://kdhnews.com/sports/fishing/bob-maindelle-paddle-tail-grubs-work-wonders-on-topwater/article_5bed357a-48e9-11e7-bec7-4bca38980d36.html

When it was obvious that the rising, direct sun had put these white bass down for keeps, we moved into phase 2 of the trip which was the pursuit of hybrid striped bass using live shad in deep, open water.

I looked at and fished four distinct areas this morning, and all of them had white bass, hybrid striper, and blue catfish holding on them. This time of year large schools of small blue catfish are a huge concern while bait fishing. These small catfish have very small mouths, and will attack a bait, kill it, and then begin nibbling on it from the tail end forward, rarely getting hooked, but regularly causing the rod tip to bobble up-and-down. Once the blue catfish move in, I just leave instead of dealing with the frustration that these blue cat cause.

Fishing these four areas with livebait allowed for three hybrid to be caught at our first stop before blue cat showed up, a handful of white bass to be caught at our second stop before blue catfish showed up, one hybrid to be caught before blue catfish showed up at our third stop, and, finally, at the final stop we would make, we got hybrid to respond in good numbers before the blue cat showed up. At this final stop we were able to put 14 legal hybrid in the boat in addition to several white bass, and then, finally, blue catfish towards the end of our trip at around 10:50 AM.

For our efforts today, we landed 79 fish including 18 legal hybrid striped bass, two freshwater drum, and a mix of blue cat, white bass, and largemouth bass.

TALLY: 79 FISH, all caught and released

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:15a

End Time: 10:50a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 75F

Water Surface Temp: 79F

Wind Speed & Direction: WNW8

Sky Conditions: Cloudless, fair skies all morning

Water Level: 0.57 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 1641-794 – throwing grubs to topwater whites and largemouth until sun hit water

**Area 1947 – 3 hybrid until bluecat moved in

**Area 152 – nice steady catch of 14 hybrid over a 90+ minute span

 

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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A Real “Peculiar” Family — 58 Fish, Memorial Day Weekend ’17

This past Saturday morning, May 27th, I fished with Mr. Rusty Janes and his wife Carol, accompanied by a family friend of theirs, Sue Arnold, and Sue’s son Jordan Arnold. Jordan is a Private First Class (PFC) in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed at Fort Hood, and so his mom and the Janeses planned to visit him over the long Memorial Day Weekend.

 

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From left: Sue Arnold, PFC Jordan Arnold, Rusty Janes, and Carol Janes with one of the 58 fish we landed on this warm, drizzly Memorial Day 2017 weekend on Lake Belton.

Both families are from the town of Peculiar, Missouri, and drove down about 10 hours to get here.

Starting off this morning I did a quick check at the same wind-protected area where I found schooling white bass action on the surface yesterday between 6:30 and 7 AM, but none was to be found there this morning.

Next, it was out to deep, clear water in an effort to find and catch hybrid striped bass. We devoted the remainder of our trip to this effort. At our first stop, it took a good bit of doing to draw fish to us, and even when we did, the fish were a bit lethargic. We had a number of very quick pull downs not resulting in hooked fish even after my crew got the hang of the process to go through in order to come tight on a fish using circle hooks.

We made a short “spot hop” some yards away from our initial stop where sonar showed a few fish holding tight to bottom, and that produced essentially the same thing.

On what would be my third and final move in deep water, I found a bottom hugging school of white bass in 43 feet of water. We changed over from fishing with bait temporarily to use spinning rods I had equipped with slabs. I gave everyone very quick instructions on how to work the slabs, and Sue landed a white bass immediately. As I watched everyone’s technique and kept an eye on sonar, as well, I noted that larger signatures with better color began to move in to the commotion we were creating with the slabs. To test my theory that these were hybrid, I dropped a single, large bait down and it immediately got smacked by a nice hybrid, which Rusty’s subdued.

We brought in all the slabs, dropped down four fresh baits, and from that point on till 10:45, we never stopped landing hybrid for more than a few minutes between fish. We arrived at that area with 14 fish in the boat, and left with 58 fish landed, including several that went 4.5 to 5.0 pounds.

My crew joked that it seemed ironic for them to have spent the morning fishing on a catch and release basis with plans to turn right around and head to Red Lobster for a nice, Memorial Day weekend seafood lunch together.  Come to think of it, that is a bit peculiar.

 

TALLY: 58 FISH, all caught and released

Wx SNAPSHOT:

27MAY17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:30a

End Time: 10:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Water Surface Temp: 74.3F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE9-12 all morning

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover all morning

Water Level: 0.99 feet above full pool and falling; 45 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area vic 1380 – slow action on live bait for 75 minutes

**Area 1556/672 – 47 fish over 2.5 hours w/ 80% legal hybrid

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Sailing Away — 56 Fish with the Adolph and Alex Mares, 26 May ’17

This past Friday morning, May 26th, I fished with Dr. Adolph Mares and his daughter, Alexandra, of Salado, Texas. Alexandra will graduate from Holy Trinity High School in Temple this weekend and then heads to college in New York thereafter. Father and daughter spent some time on the water before she heads out of the nest.

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Dr. Adolph Mares and his daughter, Alexandra, celebrated her high school graduation by landing a school of hybrid this morning — 56 fish in all.

Based on the school’s reputation for their pre-med program and competitive sailing team, Alexandra has chosen to attend Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, right near Seneca Lake.

We got going around 6:45 AM and immediately got into some surface feeding white bass that we’re trapping young of the year shad against the surface making both an audible and visible cue to home in on. Using grubs on jig heads, father and daughter landed 19 white bass before the sun brightened, and the fish pushed down and quit feeding.

Next, it was off to search for hybrid striped bass using live shad. Our first stop we made at an area that has been consistently productive over the last two weeks. That streak ended this morning, as I gave it a fair shot and did not draw anything but blue cat and white bass despite thumping and chumming.

The second area we headed to in search of striper was a whole different story. Although it got off to a slow start, after about 25 minutes’ worth of effort trying to draw fish in, we got to enjoy a steady stream of strikes on the 4 rods we fished with, each of which was rigged with live bait.

We stayed right on top of this area for the entire remainder of this four hour trip steadily plucking hybrid striper from 18 to 22 inches for the entire time.

Alexandra had plans to head back to school one last time for some staff and faculty yearbook signatures, so we wrapped up right at 10:30 with exactly 56 fish boated for our efforts.

TOTAL = 56 FISH, all caught and released

Wx SNAPSHOT:

26MAY17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 10:35a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Water Surface Temp: 74.3F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE14 all morning

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover all morning

Water Level: 0.96 feet above full pool and falling; 45 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 562-1359 – schooling white bass on surface with grubs through 7:15a

**Area 1380 – spent balance of time at this location adding 37 fish to our tally; 6:1 hybrid to white bass ratio

Bob Maindelle

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Just a Little Bit Competitive — 62 Fish, Lake Belton, 23 May ’17

This past Tuesday morning, May 23rd, I fished with Mr. David Baird, a Temple, Texas, native now living in San Antonio, and his eight-year-old grandson, Huck Trottmann. The pair came based on a referral from long-time client Mr. Steve Niemeier, also of Temple.

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David Baird and his grandson, Huck Trottmann, landed 62 fish this past Tuesday, May 23rd, on Lake Belton.
We started our trip under cool and cloudy skies with an ambient temperature of 65°. Although it looked like it could rain at any time through around 10:45 AM, we never did see a drop.

We started our morning in pursuit of hybrid striped bass using live shad in around 42 feet of water with our baits suspended slightly above bottom. We managed to catch 15 hybrid in our first hour. At that time, the easterly winds we had began to settle to near calm.  As we prepared to move on to our second area, Huck gave a summary of our success, clearly communicating that he had landed more fish than his grandpa – my first clue that this young man was a tad competitive.

We moved on to a second area in pursuit of hybrid on live shad, again in 40 to 42 feet of water and put another 17 fish in the boat of which roughly 1/3 were hybrid. This bite ended when the winds begin to abruptly blow at about 8 to 9 mph from the northwest as a storm cell passed to the north of us.

The bite weakened a good bit and we finished our pursuit of hybrid at that time, choosing to pursue white bass using slabs instead of putting young Huck through a live bait waiting game that appeared to be materializing with the weather change. This turned out to be a good choice. We were able to find fairly active white bass in 50 to 52 feet of water and used a smoking retrieve to take our fish count from 32 fish up to 51 in about 45 minutes’ time.

Around 10:45 we experienced yet another weather change. The wind went calm once again and our cloud cover burned nearly completely off. This did not bode well for the slabbing bite we were into, so, based on a comment made by Huck earlier in the day expressing interest in trolling, we wrapped up our trip using downriggers to put a final 11 fish in the boat.

That brought our tally to 62. Huck was shooting for 62 fish today because he had read my report about Steve Niemeier and his granddaughter, Macy, catching 62 fish and he wanted to do likewise.

It took a bit more than 4 hours, and there was some doubt that it might happen at all, but, by trip’s end we had “mission accomplished”!

 

TOTAL = 62 FISH, all caught and released

Wx SNAPSHOT:

23MAY17

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:00a

End Time: 11:35a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 65F

Water Surface Temp: 73.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: Variable, see report text above

Sky Conditions: 100% cloud cover until ~10am, then clearing rapidly to <20% cloud cover

Water Level: 0.9 feet above full pool and falling; 45 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 70

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1297/150 – 15 hybrid on live shad by 8a

**Area vic 1269 – 17 fish with a 3:1 mix of hybrid to white bass by 9a

**Area 1945/1290/1325 – spot hopping for “patches” of schooled white bass on bottom with slabs

**Area 1945– downrigging at 30′ over a breakline cresting at 33′ for 11 whites coming as singles and doubles on a pair of tandem-rigged Pet Spoons

Bob Maindelle

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