Stillhouse Hollow Lake
White Bass & Hybrid Striped Bass
Specializing in Catch & Release
Holding The Line Guide Service -
Specializing in angling for white bass and hybrid strriped bass
Focusing on Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Belton Lake, and Lake Georgetown
Light tackle Catch and Release Fishing
FOR RESERVATIONS, 254-
Copyright © 2020 -
Conservation focused: I practice only "catch, photograph, and release".
High Personal Standards.
When you meet me, I will be clean shaven, comfortably but neatly dressed, and punctual. You will never hear me use profanity. I have never used alcohol, drugs, nor any tobacco products. I find such standards serve as a "least common denominator" to make men, women, or children, novices or experts feel at ease. Further, I go the extra expense, though not legally required, to carry liability insurance and remain CPR and First Aid qualified, both for your protection. Such things help me communicate to you that I am a professional out to do the best I can to make your trip with me a memorable one.
Here are the things that make "Holding the Line Guide Service" both unique and successful:
Due to the fact that I keep certified scales on the boat for weighing record class fish, we'll do our best to return both record and non-
"Stealth Guiding" to avoid the crowd.
Because neither guide nor customer appreciates fishing in a crowd or being followed from spot-
You get what you pay for.
We never return to the dock early just because we've caught a limit of fish (remember, we're catching and releasing). We'll return to the dock at the time we've agreed upon and which you've paid for, unless you tell me you'd like to conclude the trip earlier. I'll never stop a trip "by the clock" if we're in the middle of a hot bite. We'll fish that bite until it slows down, and just return a little late, if you're so willing. If you’ve been “burned” by a guide who ends your trip once a limit of fish is caught, you will find your experience with me of much higher ethical standards.
Your fishing coach.
I love to teach people how to fish and how to fish better. If you tell me what you'd like to learn during your time on the water, I will make a point of it to coach you on that skill. Often requested topics include introductions to vertical jigging, marine electronics signal interpretation, downrigging, using various kinds of knots and rigging, and using various kinds of retrieves for locally effective artificial lures. For those just starting their fishing career, the fundamentals of casting, baiting hooks, and locating fish-
Very few guide boats in all of Texas are equipped with downriggers. This is because downriggers are very difficult to learn how to use well, and most people don't have the patience to get through the steep learning curve involved with them. Others hesitate to dedicate limited boat space to these devices. The use of downriggers account for quality fish, and lots of them, especially during slow times of the day, and during the summer months when fish are predictably in 35-
If you've got something out of the ordinary in mind ... like bowfishing for gar, jugfishing for catfish, flycasting to carp or drum ... just let me know. I've probably done it and would be glad to introduce you to these pursuits. Sorry, no requests for ice fishing can be accommodated.
You'll receive memorable digital photos and a link to the blog entry detailing your trip.
Following your trip, I'll edit and forward to you all of the photos we've taken of your catch as well as a link to my blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, where I will have recounted our trip. This allows you to forward this information to friends and family quickly.
A Note to Salado Visitors.
The Village of Salado is a unique little place just a stone's throw from the Stillhouse Hollow Lake Dam. Salado is comparable in its "feel" to the towns of Spring , Jefferson, Wimberley, and Gruene, TX. The pace of life in Salado is slow. There are many bed-
As a sonar instructor I know with 100% certainty that a sonar-