This morning I fished on Belton Lake with long-time friends Mike Hoock of Morgan’s Point, TX, and Harold Snipes, who calls the road his home, and has ever since retiring (the second time). Harold continuously tours the nation in his motorhome.
Mike put the steel to this largemouth that raced off bottom over 20′ to nab his 3/4 oz. slab.
Harold shows one of the several white bass & hybrid we caught today — mostly scattered and lethargic.
Mike and Harold first met while serving in the same organization caller S.O.W.E.R. which stand for Servants On Wheels Ever-Ready. This is a non-denominational, non-profit, evangelical organization of RV-owners who go where help is needed to repair, replace, remodel, refurbish, and do anything else that needs doing at churches, camps, conference grounds, orphanages, schools, colleges, missionary retreat centers, missionary training facilities, refuges for neglected or abused children, recovery homes for adults, and the like.
I have to say the company I had today was much better than the fishing. Despite extending our time on the water and fishing essentially a trip-and-a-half, we still just didn’t pull a whole lot of fish over the side today. The fish were very deep, very scattered, and generally turned off. We really just kind of pecked at them today, finding fish on sonar, buoying them, catching 1 or 2, only to have any schoolmates that may have shown themselves on sonar just drift off without engaging.
I heard from a fellow guide who was using live bait that he encountered essentially the same thing.
By the time we’d put in 6 hours on the water, we finished up with just 17 fish today including 1 largemouth bass, 1 blue cat, 3 white bass, and 12 hybrid striped bass.
TALLY = 17 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:15a
End Time: 1:15p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 42F
Water Surface Temp: 57.8-58.4F
Wind Speed & Direction: S8 at sunrise until around 10:30, then shifting sharply to SW13-15.
Sky Conditions: 60-70% clouds.
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 1467 – a few loosely grouped fish
**Area 1488 – a few loosely grouped fish
**Area 1341 – a few loosely grouped fish
**Area 1374 – a few loosely grouped fish
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