This morning I picked up 6 1/2 year old twin brothers Kevan and Kristian from their home in Killeen and they were ready to go fishing!!
Twins Kevan (R) and Kristian (L) paid attention to detail in their technique and were rewarded with a quality catch of 59 fish today!
Kevan and I pose for cameraman Kristian and show off a potbellied largemouth.
Kristian conquered his fear of holding fish and shows off this nice black bass all by himself, even if it is at arm’s length!
The boys’ live with their grandparents, but right now “Pop Pops” is deployed to Afghanistan with the 615th Air Cavalry, so “Nana” Tina signed them up for a fishing trip with a ride to the boat ramp included!
On the way to the lake we got to talk about how it was to be twins, what they thought their 1st Grade year in school would be like, how karate lessons had just ended, and about how they enjoyed the ice cream at Vacation Bible School.
We got to Stillhouse and had the lake to ourselves. Between the low water and high temperatures it seems like all the other fishermen have given up on things.
As we got going this morning, things were kind of slow in the vicinity of Area 040; we picked up two fish on the downriggers at Area 517, two more at 040, and little else. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the totally overcast skies kept the sunrise bite, which is normally triggered by the suddenly increasing light levels, from happening. Eventually the fishing got going, and we managed to find plenty of action to keep the boys’ mouths smiling and their hands busy.
Today’s action was atypical of this summer’s action on Stillhouse thus far, as we caught far more fish by slabbing than we did on the downriggers. Our best success came at 2 of 3 anchorages that we made. We hovered over Areas 867, 868, and 869, and caught the majority of our fish at Areas 867 (32 fish), and 869 (16 fish), with only two boated (but many more lethargic fish seen on sonar) at Area 868, and 4 more fish picked up on downriggers between Areas 868 and 869.
I’ve fished with a lot of younger elementary-aged kids over the years, but these boys were among the quickest 6 to 7 year-olds to catch onto the slabbing techniques we used today. Granted, there was still a learning curve, and it took a lot of repetition and hands-on examples, but, by the end of the trip both boys were catching fish consistently and independently — I was really proud of them for that. All of our slabbed fish came on TNT 180’s in 3/4oz. and in the colors white and silver — both doing equally well with the grey but bright conditions. Our downrigged fish all came on Pet Spoons.
We ended today’s trip with 59 fish boated including 55 white bass, 3 largemouth bass, and 1 drum (BA: 5AT).
On the ride home the boys made sure I was up to date on all the current happenings in the world of “Transformers” and I got a fairly good technical description on how to be successful while playing “Halo 3” in case I ever want to try that.
TALLY = 59 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:40a
End Time: 10:40a
Air Temp: 79F at trip’s start.
Water Surface Temp: ~85.4F
Wind: Winds were SSE7 at trip’s start, building to SSW11 by trip’s end.
Skies: Skies were 100% greyed over with a low layer of clouds and no direct sun shining the entire trip.