From left: Jase Mayo and his Papaw, Phil Moore pose with our largest fish of the trip, a hybrid striper in the 3 pound class.
Phil’s older grandson, Avery Moore of Dawson, TX, grins as he displays his 14″ white bass — quite a large white bass for Belton these days.
As my guests tonight, I took long-time Killeen resident Phil “Papaw” Moore and his two grandsons, Jase Mayo and Avery Moore.
The afternoon was hot as we began our trip around 4:30pm, with no evidence of fish life on the surface. Our first hour on the water gave up only sunfish and shiners as we targeted these shallow-water species with bait on bream poles.
By 5:30p, we began to see white bass coalescing on the bottom in 20-23 feet of water, but still behaving sluggishly, allowing only single fish to be caught on occasion as we precisely presented our artificial baits using downriggers.
By 6:30p, the first surface activity erupted, albeit briefly and sporadically, as shad began skipping across the surface while white bass grew more active and fed on them from below. Our catch rate increased, and doubles (catching two fish on one rod at the same time) became common.
By 7:30p, there was an all-out assault as hundreds of hungry white bass drove thousands of shad to the surface and fed upon them at will, allowing us to cast into the fray and hook a fish on nearly every cast until the boys ran out of steam around 8:15p.
TALLY = 47 FISH, all caught and released
Start Time: 4:30p
End Time: 8:15p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 97F
Water Surface Temp: 86.0F
Wind Speed & Direction: S11-13
Sky Conditions: 5% cloud cover under a strong high pressure dome making hot, dry conditions for the past several days
Note: Lake has dropped 0.31 feet in the last 24 hours and now stands at 2.30 feet above full pool.
Other: GT= 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 185, 184, and 663 panfishing with slipfloats
**Area 164, 165, 788 downrigging & sight casting for white bass
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