Look Ma, No Gloves! — 70 Fish with Steve and Dave Wise

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with brothers Steve and Dave Wise.  Steve resides in Austin and Dave and his wife made the trek down from southcentral Minnesota to join Steve and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Steve Wise of Austin teamed up with his brother in visiting from Minnesota for some pre-holiday time on the water.  We finished the morning with 70 fish landed, including some hard-fighting hybrid striped bass.

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Now residing in Minnesota, Dave Wise escaped the icy fingers of early winter in the north to enjoy some (non-ice) fishing with no snowmobile suits, boots, or gloves required.

 

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 21 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  Fishing was still a bit off since the windy, hard cold front we had come in on Sat./Sun.  I continued to find a lot of scattered fish and bait and not a single, large, bottom-hugging congregation of fish all morning.  We caught all of our fish at three distinct locations.  The first success came under birds working over about a 3 acre area.  As I observed with sonar after moving in with the outboard, then closing the final span up to beneath the birds with only the trolling motor on, I saw that we were dealing with many small clusters of fish that had splintered off and were feeding both on bottom and up as much at 2/3’s of the way off bottom.  We successfully slabbed using a smoking retrieve, and we also covered ground horizontally using bladebaits until the action ended shortly after the birds lifted.  Our second and third locations in ~38′ were similar in that the fish were holding in a small cluster on gently sloping terrain that was wind-impacted.  A more subtle, slower “easing” tactic with a 3/8 oz. slab with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached did the trick for these fish.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) No large congregations of bottom-hugging fish found on sonar.  2) Fish have been both suspended and scattered in splintered small groups since last Saturday’s hard, dry cold front.

TALLY: 70 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 11:35a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 48F

Water Surface Temp: 65.6F

Wind Speed & Direction: WNW breeze under 3 until 8:15, then calm until 9, then a light S. breeze tapered quickly up to S11 for the last 2+ hours on the water.

Sky Conditions: 15% cloud cover in the eastern sky at first light, then building to 80% high, thin coverage by trip’s end

Water Level: 2.50 feet low

GT = 30

Wx SNAPSHOT:

21NOV17

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 2054-2055 – early action under birds in under 30′.  Smoking slabs and casting bladebaits.  Solid white bass and hybrid mixed in.

**Area 1934/2027 – late morning action on smaller congregations of bottom-huggers with suspended fish atop them.  Easing required.

**Area 192/1942 – final stop of the trip; mostly small fish in 38′. Easing required.

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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A Bit Slow After the Big Blow — 70 Fish, Belton

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning I fished with Gabe Carreras, his son, Christian, and Gabe’s father-in-law, Chris Melson, of Alabama who came in for a holiday visit.

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9-year-old Christian put his first and largest fish of the trip in the boat within minutes of our arrival at our first stop of the morning.  This smallmouth buffalo weighed 6.25 pounds.  That’s his dad, Gabe, helping with the heavy lifting.

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For his next trick, Christian landed the largest hybrid striper of the trip.  This 19.75″ fish went right at 3.25 pounds.

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And Papa Chris put his own hybrid in the boat, as well.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 20 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  The big blow on Saturday definitely shook up the fishery, moved the bait, stained the water, and scattered the fish.  We went nearly 2 hours catching only 3 fish, but then found relief in deeper, clearer water as the south wind began to move the water around 9am.  I extended the trip by an hour to try to make up for the slow start, and we were able to put a total of 70 fish in the boat.  Deep, slow vertical jigging using an easing tactic with light, 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks attached did the trick.  We caught the majority of our fish on just two similar locations, both in 42-44 feet of water on a breakline.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) There was no helpful bird action today. 2) There were a lot of scattered, small fish up high in the water column (10-15 feet down) which we confirmed were white bass via downrigging. 3) The sustained high winds on Sat./Sun. left all but the main basin of the lake temporarily stained with silt. 4) Bite was poor until the south wind began to move the water. 5) We had a ~4.0F drop from Saturday AM to this AM.

TALLY: 70 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 6:45a

End Time: 11:45a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 36F

Water Surface Temp: 64.4F

Wind Speed & Direction: WNW breeze under 3 until 8:15, then calm until 9, then a light S. breeze tapered quickly up to S11 for the last 2+ hours on the water.

Sky Conditions: 10% cloud cover

Water Level: 2.40 feet low

GT = 50

Wx SNAPSHOT:

20NOV17

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area triangulated by 1318-346-085 smoking & easing with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached

**Area 1389 right on the breakline smoking & easing with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached

**Area 1486/787 right on the breakline smoking & easing with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached

**Area 2053 right on the breakline smoking & easing with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger Hook attached

 

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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An Evening of Firsts and Personal Bests — 38 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: Today I fished with Mr. Kenn Renner, his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Ariana Renner, and Kenn’s father-in-law, George Walter.  Thanks to an incredibly aggressive feed in the morning, this evening’s action was pretty subdued, but, we celebrated a few firsts and personal bests with the nearly 40 fish we landed.  At age 78, George landed the first fish of his life, and, at age 20, Ariana also landed the first fish of her life.  Justin landed the largest fish he’d ever landed, and everyone caught more fish on this trip than they’d ever caught before.

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Justin Renner with the largest fish of the trip AND the largest fish of his life.

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Although white bass are the “staple” for this time of year, we also landed hybrid, largemouth bass, and freshwater drum.  From left: Justin and Ariana Renner, George Walter, and Kenn Renner.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday evening, 14 November 2017

HOW WE FISHED: Fishing was tough this evening.  Instead of finding large, bottom-hugging schools of white bass in a feeding posture, every area I checked had only a sprinkling of fish, if that.  We  got slabs down when we saw action and “picked” at them, a few at a time.  Right at last light we got right under some helpful gulls which helped us put our last 4 fish in the boat.  All fish caught were caught on 3/8 oz. slabs.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  N/A

TALLY: 38 FISH, all caught and released

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 1:30p

End Time: 6:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F

Water Surface Temp: 69.2F

Wind Speed & Direction: SSE9-11

Sky Conditions: 30-40% grey cloud cover

Water Level: 2.33 feet low

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

14NOV17

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 2050

**Area 2051

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)

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