This morning I conducted the sixth SKIFF trip of the 2015 season, taking Evan (age 10) and Johnny (age 8) Darsam, accompanied by their Uncle James, out on Stillhouse Hollow for a morning of fishing.
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From left: Johnny Darsam, Uncle James, and Evan Darsam with the best of the bunch of fish we caught today on a combination of downrigging in open water and slipfloat fishing in shallow water.
SKIFF (Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun) trips are provided free of charge to families whose children are separated from a parent due to that parent’s military service, thanks to the Austin Fly Fishers and a network of supportive individuals from all over the U.S. All it takes is a phone call from a parent to me at 254-368-7411 to reserve a date.
With their father just recently deployed near the end of the school year, the boys’ mom, Jenn Darsam, decided to take advantage of every summertime program she could find in order to fill the boys’ schedule so none of them had time to sit around and sulk and dwell on dad’s absence.
We enjoyed 45 minutes of solid white bass action on downriggers worked over 35 feet of water until this area dried up on us. We looked over another open water area for white bass and found little there. To avoid any long fishless spells, I opted at this point to break out the bream poles, and we went to work up shallow catching sunfish on livebait under slipfloats. Later, we gave largemouth bass fishing a try on livebait over deep hydrilla, but struck out on that. We wrapped up with one more unsuccessful shot at downrigging for whites bass, and, in order to end on a strong note, finished up shallow in pursued of the ever-willing bluegill.
The boys boated exactly 37 fish today.
TALLY = 37 FISH, all caught and released
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Start Time: 6:45a
End Time: 11:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 77F
Water Surface Temp: 83.4F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSW11-14
Sky Conditions: 80% cloud cover.
Note: Lake has dropped 0.08 feet in the last 24 hours and now stands at 623.29 above sea level, with 622.00 being full pool
Other: GT= 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 1570 downrigging white bass
**Area 515 shallow sunfish
**Area 1265 shallow sunfish
** Area 200 shallow sunfish
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