FINGER LICKIN’ FISHIN’ – 220 FISH @ BELTON

WHO I FISHED WITH:  This past Saturday morning I fished with Mr. Kelvin Gladden, his son, Kelvin Jr., and two of Kelvin’s neighbors, Mr. Frank Hatcher, and Mr. Terrance Blackmon, all of Harker Heights, TX.  This was a great crew, and, they brought great food, featuring buttermilk marinated crispy-fried chicken.  We wound up with 220 fish in right at 4 hours of fishing under great conditions (grey skies, breezy S. winds, and in the midst of a warming trend – our 3rd such Saturday in a row).

 

Kelvin Gladden, the trip coordinator, with a very healthy Lake Belton hybrid striped bass taken on live shad.

Frank Hatcher of Harker Heights with a 22 3/8″ hybrid taken between 10 and 11 a.m. as we fished live bait successfully for this species, and for largemouth bass.

 

From left: Kelvin Gladden Jr., Frank Hatcher, Kelvin Gladden, and Terrance Blackmon, all of Harker Heights, each with a 2-year class white bass of the 197 we took in our first 3 hours of fishing with slabs to which I had affixed Hazy Eye Stinger hooks.

 

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we fished for white bass, hybrid stripers, and largemouth.

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday morning, 31 March 2018

HOW WE FISHED:    We put in a solid 3 hours in pursuit of white bass and, by 10:15 left them biting to pursue larger fish.  The white bass bite was very strong this morning, tapering quickly upward about 30 minutes after sunrise, and strengthening as the wind and grey cloud cover increased.  We caught 197 white bass, 2 freshwater drum, and 1 largemouth vertical jigging with slabs to which I attached Hazy Eye Stinger hooks.  The fish were all in the lower third of the water column.  At 10:15, we “left fish to find fish” and were fortunate to find somewhat active hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, and white bass, all mixed together and feeding on shad.  We suspended our lively threadfin shad baits on circle hooks at both 27’ and 35’ over a deeper bottom and landed another 20 fish in our final hour on the water, including multiple keeper hybrid, multiple keeper white bass, and multiple keeper largemouth bass.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) Next to zero bird activity.  Most all fish-finding now based on sonar use.

TALLY: 220 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:15a

End Time: 11:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 54F

Water Surface Temp:  65.3 to 66.7F

Wind Speed & Direction:   S9-13

Sky Conditions: Low grey cloud cover obscured the direct sun all morning, but with “squinting” light levels

Water Level: 2.19 feet low

GT = 0

 

Wx SNAPSHOT:

N/A

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

 

**Area B0066c – smoking white bass (visited twice with bite more solid on second visit)

**Area vic B0054C – smoking white bass

**Area B0067C – live shad for mix of 20 hybrid, largemouth, and white bass

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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Spring Breakin’ with Grandpa George — 123 Fish

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Tuesday, March 13th, I ran a Spring Break morning fishing trip with Mr. George VanRiper of Harker Heights and two of his grandsons, Jake (age 12) and Kaden (age 9) Howley, also of Harker Heights.  The boys were well-mannered, eager to do well, and willing to be coached.  Hence, on a day with pretty tough weather conditions, they did very well.

 

From left: Jake and Kaden Howley with hybrid stripers caught and released just seconds apart.  Hybrid were patrolling in packs of 5-10 fish in about 25 feet of water over a deeper bottom.

U.S. Army veteran George VanRiper and his grandson, Kaden, with a pair of stipers.  Fish came through under the boat in groups, so catching a few at a time was the rule, not the exception.

Our morning got started off right when white bass went on a 90-minute feeding frenzy under a thin grey blanket of clouds.  We put 101 fish in the boat in this short span of time.

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

WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 13 March 2018

HOW WE FISHED:   Fishing today broke down into three very distinct parts.  Part one, which spanned from sunrise around 7:45a to 9:15am, consisted of using a smoking tactic with 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks attached to catch aggressively feeding white bass which were suspended in the lower 2/3 of the water column in about 25 feet of water.  During this time we amassed a catch of 101 fish. Part two, which went from ~10:00am to 10:30am, consisted of snap-jigging and easing for increasingly disinterested white bass hugging bottom in 20 to 31 feet of water.  We made 3 “short hops” in one area, pulling only a few fish each time.  We took only 8 fish during this bright, calm part of the morning. Part three, which spanned from 10:30 to 11:50am, consisted of fishing live shad via tightlining for fish suspended at 25-27′ over a deeper bottom. We landed another 14 fish, including 2 largemouth bass, 1 short hybrid, and 11 keeper (18″ or greater) hybrid striped bass.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:  1) The low light white bass feed we witnessed this morning exceeded the frenzy encountered this past Saturday morning in aggression, but did not last quite as long.  4 anglers landed 101 fish in under 90 minutes.  2) Male white bass observed dripping milt.  3) The mild, dry cold front that pushed through Sunday and Monday dropped the surface temperature from 60-62F, down to 58.5F.

TALLY: 123 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED 

 

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time: 7:30a

End Time: 11:55a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  43F

Water Surface Temp:  58.5F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSW2-4 most of the trip.

Sky Conditions: ~70% high, thin, grey cloud cover at sunrise, dissipating by 9:15am, then bright with sparse white cloud cover <10%.

Water Level: 2.48 feet low and falling

GT = 5

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  692/1369 – white bass frenzy under low light conditions – 101 fish in 90 minutes

**Area vic 382 – snap-jigging for small white bass hugging bottom

**Area  B0053C – suspended, small “packs” of hybrid stripers took live shad (medium threadfin) set at 25′ on tightlines

 

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

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