I fished a half day morning trip with Jamie S. and her friend’s son, Nate, visiting from Oklahoma. Jamie is a teacher with KISD, and Nate is 5 years old. His previous best fishing trip resulted in the capture of 17 “perch”. We fished hard to get 18 fish on this trip so we could make this his “new best” trip — and we did it!
Jamie and Nate worked through some tough, calm wind conditions to boat a nice mixed bag of 18 fish this Spring Break morning.
Start Time: 7:20a
End Time: 11:35am
Air Temp: 50F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: ~60.4F
Wind: Winds were light from the NE at ~3-4.
Skies: Skies were bright and clear.
This morning we pushed off at around 7:45a in the face of clear skies and a light NE breeze — very tough.
We were able to find some tentative schooled white bass up shallow in ~14 feet of water at Area 314 and boated 6 fish there before that quickly shut down with the increasing light level. We tried to allow Nate to do as much by himself as his abilities allowed, and he did pretty well at each technique I threw his way.
Next, we moved out a bit deeper and worked from Area 109 to Area 571 with a flatline and downrigger. We picked up an additional 5 fish this way until these fish also quit or scattered on us.
We looked over several areas without seeing anything worth getting excited about on sonar, and wound up returning to the vicinity of Area 571 to drift bait which yielded our final 7 fish, all in 18-22 feet here.
We wrapped up our trip as fish #18 — a nice crappie — came over the side, thus beating Nate’s old record.
TALLY = 18 fish, all caught and released