23 FEBRUARY 2008

Stillhouse Fishing Report by Harker Heights Fishing Guide Bob Maindelle

Fished a great KIDS FISH, TOO! trip today with guests Ricardo (7th Grade) and Amanda (5th Grade) of Harker Heights. Both were enthusiastic, good listeners, fast learners, and very respectful.

We began our trip at 1:15pm based on a Wednesday weather forecast that called for afternoon wind. The weatherman sure got it right … at around 11:15 the winds turned from light and variable to SSW and built slowly to a peak of ~18-20mph by 4:00pm. At launch time, the air temp was 58 and the water temp was 57.

Before the trip began, I planned to check a few locations, but found abundant fish showing on sonar at the very first place I searched. I dropped a slab just to verify what I was seeing and immediately came up with a small white bass. So, I set a GPS waypoint right on the spot (between Areas 77 and 118) and returned immediately following the welcome and safety briefing.

The kids got the hang of slabbing very quickly and there was no stopping them. From 1:15 to 4:15 this dynamic duo put 47 fish in the boat with minimal coaching required. The school of whites in this area was pretty consistent in their size, ranging from 11 to 12.25, with 2 going 13 1/4 and 3 coming up short. We also landed 1 drum and 5 keeper largemouth here.

Once this area played out, I gave the kids some options…they chose flatline trolling with large crankbaits to try to target some larger fish.

We moved to Area 116 to troll in 10-14 feet of water and picked up 3 whites ranging from 13 1/8 to 14 1/2 inches, and we picked up 1 keeper largemouth and 2 dinks in about 45 minutes worth of trolling.

By 5:15, the kids had enjoyed enough sun, fun, and wind, and were ready to go home for a snack and some bragging.

Our KIDS FISH, TOO! total today came to 54 fish.

After dropping my party off at the boat ramp, I resumed fishing to check some other areas and to experiment with some new tandem rigs.

From 5:30 to 6:40, I put an additional 12 white bass and 2 keeper largemouth in the boat. The fish came out of 16-20 feet at Area 119; all the whites came on a slab off bottom and the largemouth came on live shad rigged on downlines.

TALLY = 68 FISH, all caught and released

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